Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2019 - City, State
We gonna have everything at one place, both ceremony and reception. So i looked for a place with some outside territory and inside room for a dinner. I found 2 places that look nice, but no perfect one.
Help me to choose! Here are pics, pros and cons:
1. Countryside restaurant.
Pros: it is perfect size for amount of guests, different parts for all planned activities: some extra room incide to hide and rest, fake loan for dancing under the skies, terrace for snacks and drinks, hugely nice bushes and trees that will cover the place from road and other buildings (photos are taken in february). White room for reception is nice and easy to decorate at low cost. Place have all the tables and chairs, playroo and a nice arch for ceremony.
Cons: place isn’t exactly new, big buildings around it will be still visible, food is questionable (mediocre at its best)
2. Small castle
Pros: the place is new and well-cared, every detail is nice. We will not need to go anywhere else for the photoshoot. It for sure will be memorable for us and all the guests, especially since most of them are coming from Finland. With many catering options we can choose whatever food we like. Walls are closing the rest of the world out for the day.
Cons: it has nothing prepared for wedding. With renting the place and all the tables/chairs/decorations it will be more expensive (still within the budget). Place is smaller, just enough to fit all our guests, and has only two bathrooms (3rd for the bride). No playroom and small loans for children to play (there will be 10+ of them)
Post # 2
I think it comes down to your priorities. What’s the most important? Food, budget, guest comfort, kids comfort…what’s your entertainment set up and which place will be most conducive? Both places are beautiful and very picturesque so it really depends what look you’re going for on that end.
You got a tough choice bee. While I’m budget girl, food & entertainment was my top priority so I’d first try to see what I can do about the catering for the cheaper place and base your decision on how flexible they are.
Post # 3
For me, food is beyond important so I said “oh no” as soon as you said the food for the restauraunt was meh …
but like PP said…it is about YOUR priorities…..
Trust your gut, Bee….I bet you already know the answer ^_^
Post # 4
The white room at the restaurant is pretty, but you lost me when you said the food wasn’t anything great. Good food and drink is what really makes a wedding enjoyable for guests.
Post # 5
mikuru : I can tell by the way you describe the two that you are leaning more towards the castle! and it is stunning.
Honestly, they are both great. If budget is not an issue, i would go with that one. Especially because it has better food options and more of a wow factor.
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
CASTLE. All day every day.
Post # 7
The first place doesn’t look very weddingy to me, so theoretically I would prefer the castle. But I noticed both of them include water (i.e. swimming pool, pond)? With so many kids I would be very worried about them falling in if the access is not restricted. Unless you have a dedicated child-minder, it would also be rather nightmarish to parents, as instead of concentrating on your wedding they would be constantly on look out for their kids.
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2020 - New Orleans, LA
I went to a wedding a couple of years ago and I only remember two things: the food was HORRIBLE and the DJ was HORRIBLE
IMO those are the two things guests care about the most. Even if the first venue is pretty & picturesque (which it seems) if the food sucks you’re gonna have dozens of unhappy people at your event.
When it comes to the issue with the kids – I find they end up running around with each other or dancing all night. I wouldn’t stress too much about trying to keep them occupied
Post # 9
Another vote against the mediocre food. Guests will definitely remember that above most other things! Either go with the castle or keep looking
Post # 10
mikuru : The castle for sureeee. If its still within your budget, old castle hands down!
Post # 11
Don’t worry about the kids. It is a parent’s job to make sure they don’t fall in the water or get into trouble otherwise. They will have a blast on the dance floor. Coloring books at their tables might be a nice touch.
I would pick the castle because of the food.