- 7 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
FI and I have narrowed it down to 2 venues in Santa Barbara and we’re trying to consider what’s the best deal including all the rental ramifications. Both locations require chair rentals. Both allow us to bring our own caterer and alcohol with a licensed server. Here’s the deal:
1) Rockwood Women’s Club:
-beautiful location, can’t and wouldn’t need to put anything on walls
-ceremony on patio, reception indoors
-I’m concerned the ceremony space could be a little cramped with my guest count of 150-175
-outside could be converted into gathering place after dinner
-$4600 for our guest count
2) Sunken Gardens for Ceremony and Casa De La Guerra for Reception
-gorgeous ceremony site, simpler reception courtyard that lends itself easily to DIY decor
-ceremony site and reception site are about 3 and 1/2 blocks away from each other/2 minute drive/9 minute walk
-I’m a little concerned about the packed dirt/gravel floor at Casa De La Guerra, dance floor necessary
-$1970 total for both locations
I’m not sure how chairs would work at location 2. Would we need to rent two sets of chairs? Or could we deliver the ceremony chairs to the reception during cocktail hour? Or would the delivery/transportation fee be more hassle/money than makes sense? I’ve seen the larger, 12’x15′ dance floors going for about $250, but that doesn’t include delivery/set-up.
So, bees, what’s your take? I love both locations for different reasons. We can afford both, but I want to be as frugal as possible. I would love your advice or suggestions!