Post # 1
We’re planning our wedding on a limited budget and I’m finding myself a little bit torn. One of my favourite venues (out of the city) has a gorgeous waterfront location for a ceremony, but their menu leaves a LOT to be desired. We’re talking veggies & dip, plain pasta & sausage rolls kind of stuff. On the other hand, we’re looking at the possibility of a restaurant as our reception venue, and I know the food there will be awesome (seared tuna with roasted pinapple, wild mushroom tarts, spiced rubbed lamb chops, etc). BUT, it would mean we’d have to have our ceremony at a location in the city (likely a chapel) with much less ambiance.
Honestly, I’m kind of leaning towards the restaurant option. The ceremony is so short and while I’d like to have the gorgeous waterfront view, it doesn’t seem worth it for a crappy reception experience. I know that if we had it in the restaurant, the food + service would be great (I’ve read a lot of reviews).
What do you all think?
Post # 3
I would choose better food, because that’s really what people remember from your wedding.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
What is it about their menu that sucks, is it the selection or the quality? If it’s selection I would still go with the more scenic location, but if the quality of their food is bad I would go with the restaurant. I don’t think anyone will care if their only option was the chicken dinner, but they will definitely care if they got food poisoning on the night of your wedding.
Post # 5
I’d go with better food, definitely. I’m sure you’ll be able to find a ceremony location that suits you, even if it doesn’t have the same beautiful view. I’d rather have delicious seared tuna than look at a waterfront as a guest 🙂
Post # 6
Better food for sure.
One thing I heard from watching all those TV wedding shows is …”Your guests will remember your wedding for 2 things, the brides dress and the food!!!”
Post # 7
I agree with @abbie017:. To me, the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding, and I would make sure that you’re not in any way slighting the ceremony itself. However, I would choose a reception venue with fabulous food over one that would offer a lovely view but below average food any day.
Post # 8
@elysion: It’s the food itself! The selection is pretty bad too, though. Veggie platters, mini quiches, chicken skewers (buffet style), plain pastas, that kind of thing!
Post # 10
Thanks to everyone for your feedback! I’m glad to know I was on base in thinking that it’s better to go for quality food. The awesome part is that it’s also going to be cheaper for us to host it at the restaurant without all the ceremony fees and minimum charges!
Post # 11
Food is tops for me. I will always remember the food from an event. A venue no matter how “great” it is, once you walked around its like OK thats great…but i’m still stalking the food after that.
Post # 12
I would choose food.
Plus, a location closest to where you live and where your friends/family lives is pretty important too. So if the city location is closer to them, that’s a bonus too.
Post # 14
Better food. You can always ask if the chapel can be decorated.