(Closed) Budget Venue but Quality Other Things vs. Amazing Venue but Cheapo Other Things

posted 9 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Would you have chosen like me?

    No Way! The most beautiful "wow-factor" venue is the most exciting! Everything else can be cheaper.

    Yes! All the other stuff makes up the fun of the Wedding too, as long as the venue is still okay!!!

  • Post # 3
    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    You made the right decision by going with the cheaper venue! A venue is just a place to house all of your AWESOMENESS when it comes to your wedding – which you will have more of if since you went the cheaper route! To me, it’s a no brainer!

    Do you have a picture of venue 3?

    We chose to do the exact same thing ๐Ÿ™‚


    Post # 4
    9024 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    we went with a cheaper but still nice venue.

    Post # 5
    1040 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would have done the exact same thing!  Flowers, uplighting, tablescapes and candles will make even the more boring room stunning.

    I personally think you made a great decision.  ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
    6889 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think you made the right choice. People will only notice the venue a little bit – the rest of it is equally if not more important. Have you made a list of what is most important to each of you? I think it helps. For instance, if photography is more important than venue, etc. <– Of course, make sure your judgment is not clouded by the current venue dilemma!

    We could have chosen prettier venues, but we knew that our photography, our cake, and our attire were more important to us. We still chose one we *liked* it just wasn’t that *swoon, this is perfect* kind of thing. Compromise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 7
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee

    The venue is the backdrop. It is far less important than the people. You were absolutely 100% right to go with the “good enough” venue in order to be able to do …

    us dancing the night away to an amazing DJ, swooning over the quality gifts we could give our bridal party and seeing the smile on their faces, working on cute favors, seeing our guests have fun with the puppy petting zoo plus photo booths we rented, scrapbooking the matching invitations and table cards and all other matching stationery.

    Ten years from now, when you, your husband, your guests, etc., remember your wedding, *all* the memories will be somewhat fuzzy, but if you do a puppy petting zoo (!) or give something really great to your bridal party, that will stand out more than … a building. Even if it’s a really cool building.

    Post # 8
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It depends on what your priorities are! I ended up choosing a more expensive venue and scaling back on other things, and I never regretted it.

    BUT — different strokes for different folks, right?

    Post # 9
    1684 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I think you made the right choice. 

    Post # 10
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think you made the right choice!  We did the same thing and there are some times that I wish we decided to go even cheaper (might be because I fell in love with our venue for the rose garden and reflection pool but since we’re really not using it, it’s kind of going to waste).  It’s really amazing how much uplight, draping, flowers, etc can really transform a place.

    In the end, I think it’ll be all the other things that will be remembered.  And I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty jealous of your puppy petting zoo!

    Post # 11
    26 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I had the same dilemma as you with my venue choice and decided to go with my second choice as it was cheaper.  I still feel some regret sometimes but in the end the money saved is worth it. Most people will only remember if the food was good and if it was fun. And you will only have the photos for your memories so it’s good that you now have a budget for that.

    Post # 12
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    i ended up going with my 2nd choice. 1 was too much and still needed tents, flowers, more decor in general, valet, etc. 3 would have been a ton of work to set up, an hour away, and not nearly as pretty. so we went with 2. it needs very minimal decorations, catering, valet, basic rentals are all included with venue and was about 1/2 budget. 

    i think as long as your 3rd choice is still a pretty backdrop that will look good in photos and you will not regret it, you made the right choice. best of luck with your planning, im sure your wedding will be perfect for you.

    Post # 13
    1471 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I’d say cheaper venue, but, on the other hand, Fiance has to keep reminding me that it’s my wedding, I’m only getting married once, and I really should have somewhere at least slightly nice, even if it means spending $100 more!

    Post # 14
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee

    We saw out most affordable venue first and cancelled appointments with other, more expensive venues when we loved the first location and were happy to overcome some of its shortcomings for location. Not going to our next appointment which would have cost $9k more was a great decision because we didn’t see what we were saying no to.

    Post # 15
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    The venue is what you make it hun, if it doesnt look at spectacular as another you can add more decorations to change it up!

    Post # 16
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I think it’s up to the individuals involved, we chose the most expensive venue out of the three we looked at, but it’s a historical mansion so we don’t have to use a lot of decorations and we paid additional to have the place to ourselves for the entire day. And we dialed down the centerpieces too, the place is gorgeous enough without a lot of extras. In the end, it probably evened out.

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