- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Fiance and I are torn between 2 venues. Both venues are the same price per person, include top shelf alcohol, and have great food. Both are close to our families and have plenty of hotels nearby.
1: The first venue is ocean-side and has a very over-the-top luxury feel. Everything is already decorated, with cocktail hour out in a private garden with waterfalls and on the beach. Dinner is inside with ocean views and backlighting. They triple-book weddings, but you have your own facilities, garden, and beach. The reception is 5 hours.
You have an option of adding a ceremony where you would get married on the beach. It would be $650 for a half hour, and $3.50 per chair. The wedding coordinator told us that very often you will only need a few chairs for the older people and other people usually want to stand. We would also have to provide our own decorations
Fiance has told me that if money wasn’t an issue, this would be his ideal. However, because the ceremony is pricey in my opinion, I would like to explore other ceremony options.
2. The second option is a lake-side venue which has a rustic elegance. This is more of a “blank slate” venue. Everything is very high quality but devoid of much decoration. For example, they don’t do chair covers, but the chairs are beautiful old wood I would hate to cover anyway. I can add any decorations that I want and they give me a wedding planner to work with.
We would have the venue to ourselves for 6 hours (sharing with no other wedding). The first half hour would be the ceremony (free of cost), which they set up and decorate based on your specifications. The ceremony space is under pine trees and a pavilion, with the lake behind you. Following that, guests would move to the sandy beach by the lake and the deck where they will enjoy and hour of cocktails. Then dinner is inside a renovated barn.
I keep flip flopping between what I want, deciding I like one more, then the other. What would you chose? Is the $650 +cost of chairs normal for a ceremony space? What “decided” your venue for you?
Thank you in advance for your help!