- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
Hi Bees! Monseiur X and I have been engaged about 10 days and are diving right in to venue hunting! We had a list going before our engagement so now we’re trying to get going seriously.
I don’t need more suggestions for venue options, we already have a list of places we’re interested in that is way too long to realistically get through, I just advice for how to compare venues (and compare venue cost, since so many of them include different things in their pricing) and look at them a bit more objectively.
We live in Sonoma County and everything up here is so expensive, so we’re looking all over the bay area as well as up in Sacramento. There are a lot of pretty venues close to home, but we aren’t crazy enough about wineries to want to pay the premium to use a wine-country specific venue. We’re hoping to go for a 1920’s/ 1930’s Art Deco look; think elegant supper club.
Well, we fell in love wih a venue that may or may not work with our budget; we *might* be able to afford it on a Friday during off season. I’ve been telling friends who have been recently married and are in the wedding industry (I work as a bridal consultant so I’m familiar with the industry as well) the numbers and everyone thinks it’s a great value and that I’m not going to be able to do much better for what I want. I guess I’m just looking for advice; if you found a venue you loved but was a bit over your budget, what did you do to make it work? If you couldn’t make it work, how did you let go and stop comparing everywhere else to that venue? Because right now, everywhere we see, we just shrug and go “it’s nice, I guess…” Lots of venues we thought would be a good compromise are actually ending up being more expensive than our “dream” venue, and the ones that are less expensive lack personality or would force us to change our theme pretty drastically. So, how did you guys approach venue hunting? How did you look at other options seriously when you had a possibly-realistic dream option?
Did you just take notes, did you make a spread sheet, do you have a binder? I’m finding it hard to synthesize all of the information…