Would you choose a venue that’s not finished/open yet?

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

For a wedding this would be SO stressful. I get stressed out about just 1 vendor.

But for a place not done what happens if they don’t finish? oh man its giving me anxiety for you!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Like PP mentioned, I would be VERY nervous about them finishing on time. These things get pushed back ALL the time, and just because your dad’s company is heading up the construction doesn’t mean it will all unfold as planned… the venue might need to halt construction for some reason or another or funding might fall through and it might not end up being quite the gorgeous facility it was planned to be, you know?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KDOS:  That would prove to be too much for me to handle but, if you have faith then maybe push the date back to garentee that they finish beforehand. Also understand they probably won’t have a work system down and therefore things may come across as amateur. However, there is a chance they will put a lot of extra effort into your wedding just so they can start their reputation on a good note. I would go with your gut on this one! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KDOS:  Honestly, I was going to say….if you were going to be the first wedding, HELL NO don’t do it…but since your wedding is a year after it opens…maybe you guys can wait until they get some reviews first, and then decide. I’ve worked in new restaurants where things were so hectic and unorganized that customers were pissed off all the time.

I think its great that you could save on the cost of the venue and have more money to put towards other things. You shouldn’t have to spend all your money on the venue itself. As for having guests stay at nearby hotels, as long as the other hotels are pretty close nobody will have a problem with it.

Suggest to your guy that you guys wait a little bit to see how the hotel does when it opens.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally I would be nervous – sometimes things happen and things don;t go according to plan therefore delaying the opening. 

However you did say your Dad’s company is in charge of construction so you would first hand know the updates of the place.

To ease your FI I would make a list of pros and cons. I can see what his saying about SERVICE. I’m sure that the amenities would be impeccable since it is NEW – but there has been no other weddings there. I would look at other venues in the area as well – that fits better within your budget.

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@KDOS:  I would say go for it since it is opening within the next few months and your wedding is over a year away. 

ETA……but I am cheap so I love a deal. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KDOS:  have you seen the progress of this new venue?  your dad wouldn’t want it if it wasn’t going to be complete.  i can understand how you and your fi feel about this new place but your wedding is a year after they open.  surely they will have all of the bugs ironed out by then.  it sounds like a great deal.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

nope, i wouldn’t. i wanted a place that had a ton of experience doing weddings

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@KDOS:  no don’t do it. A lot of times they dnt finish when they r supposed to. it will cause undue stress

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think since your date isnt until October next year when they open in November you still have a bit of time. And since other people have already booked that might help him be more open minded. I think I would do it if it meant being in budget and my guests having a good time with the open bar/ hotel buyout thing. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I wouldn’t. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We went with a venue that was under new management.  They had only 1 wedding review on YELP.  But the review was raving. 

Well, our wedding was about 2 years out.  And over the course of time they began to develop their policies and procedures etc.  They changed or eliminated things from our original contract numerous times.  We called them on various things and each time they’d say well we changed this policy in May or blah blah (and never told us) but agreed to do us a favor and go ahead with what we had originally agreed to…a favor?? Not an obligation to follow through with their contracted agreement.  And then come the wedding, they did pull a bunch of crap and sucked big time.

One of the biggest things was that they changed their check-out time.  The contract said 12pm and then for the next two years they’d repeatedly change our timelines etc to say 11am.  And this was unacceptable since we had OOT guests staying at the venue and invitations and rsvps had gone out and come back. 

It was a f******* nightmare.

BUT…going back to that first review.  I do believe they had an excellent wedding.  And I think it had much to do with the fact that they were new and willing to do anything to make it great and it souds like they did.  For them.

Good luck!

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