Post # 1
New-ish bee here! I was wondering if any of you have any advice to give regarding selecting your reception venue. I am currently faced with the dilemma of whether or not to go with a gorgeous venue that is more pricey or a more basic hall that is less expensive.
In one hand, the pricey venue definitely delivers the wow factor but we would have much less money to spend on decor and other things. The regular hall gives us more bang for our buck so we would be able to splurge more on the decor and other things.
We’re stuck! Have any of you been in a similar situation? How did you decide?
Post # 3
Can you guys see my original post?
Post # 4
What’s the cost difference between the two venues and what do you think you will need to add to the second venue to make it comparable to the first?
If the cost difference isn’t much (compared to your general budget), then I would just splurge on the pricier venue and then cut back a little bit from other buckets. However, if it is a huge difference, it may be worth it to just get the more basic place and decorate the heck out of it. In my experience, sometimes the prettier place is just worth it especially if you don’t need to add much more to it to make it work because once you add in extra lights/flowers/etc. to the cheaper option, you might be at the same price or more.
The majority of our venue options were around the same price and similar look and feel so I didn’t have this dilemma. It came down to location/ROI but there was one venue I really loved with great decor but a very high minimum charge for high season Saturdays that we didn’t feel comfortable spending with our smaller guest list.
Post # 5
We looked at a relatively cheap venue that would have been nice but would need a lot of decoration. We decided to go with an art museum that was pricier but wouldn’t need very much decoration.
I doubt we ended up spending much more than I would have had to spend to make the cheaper place look nice.
It really depends on the price difference and what you’re looking for. Also, you may want to check to see what caterers you’re allowed to use in each place. A pricier venue may lock you into their catering.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies, I think you’re right – the price difference isn’t that much more and I’m sure if I were to decorate the cheaper venue, I would spend the same if not more!
We just visited the pricier venue and it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s pretty much everything we wanted!
Post # 7
If you have the money (like have it but just will have to cut down on other things) then go with the venue you love. If the price is going to even out or not be such a big difference, you will love your decision in the end.
If you don’t have the extra money, then go with the budget friendly venue and make it work.
I was in this situation. I fell in love with a venue before I knew the price. When we went out to look at it, I liked it but I felt it didn’t live up to the pics online but it was still so gorgeous. It was far too pricey and didn’t allow us to bring in our own caterer nor did they just rent the space so fi was not too happy about that. It was my top pick though. We looked around and all the budget ones were just not my style. Until I found my venue. The outside leaves much to be desired unlike the ‘dream’ venue but the inside was absolutely gorgeous. It actually looked better in person than in pics. It is a blank space but doesn’t need much for decor and allows us to bring in everything. Plus it was in our budget.
I weighed the pros and cons of both venues. And the budget venue won out. Not just because it is a significant savings, but because it’s closer to our house and the space is just breathtaking. I got lucky and am happy with my choice and saving.
Post # 8
Our guideline was, Will it still allow us to include all the people on our guest list? We decided that our priority was to be able to have all the family and friends that could attend (given that most of them will have to travel), and so if any venue was A) so expensive that we would have to trim guests in order to afford it, or B) too small to accommodate everyone, so that we would have to trim guests in order to be able to use it, then it was not the venue for us.
If the pricier venue still allows you to have all the guests who are important to you, then go for it. If you are cutting people for the sake of a place, maybe that’s worth rethinking.
Post # 9
We went with the cheaper venue mainly because we got a great deal with the caterer, but I think we’ll end up spending more to ‘dress’ up the place than if we went with the more expensive venue that was also higher up in my choices. Ahh, hindsight! As long as you’re not sacrificing anything else, I would pick the more expensive gorgeous venue you’re dreaming about! You sound like you really love it by how you talk about it. If not, you might feel like you settled as I do and trust me, it’s not worth it! 😛
Post # 10
I’m curious if you decided on a venue and which one? We went through the same dilemma, and we were picky with the food as well as the fact that we had a larger number than what most venues can accommodate. please share!! 🙂
Post # 11
@bbutterfly: We ended up finding another venue that is just perfect! It’s grand, gorgeous and cames in at the right price for us so we didn’t have to compromise on anything!