- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
I’m having a hard time choosing between 2 venues for our wedding dinner; each has its pros and cons. My Fiance and I are kinda biased towards 1 option, but I’m interested to know what you all think.
Venue 1: function room in hotel 1
1. The food is great, and a family friend recommends their food too
2. Private, since we’ll get a room for our dinner
1. It’s a function room, so nothing special about the room. I don’t plan to decorate the room (I prefer to pay more attention to table setting and centerpiece).
2. The chairs are just normal chairs with chair covers, there’s nothing elegant about them. I don’t like this kind of chair, but I don’t have the budget to rent chairs from outside. The hotel has a better looking (and more comfortable) chairs, but they only have 30 of them (not enough for my 70+ guests).
3. Food will be served family-style, and because of this, the waiting staff will remove the centerpieces from the tables. I thought using a cluster of small arrangements (as opposed to 1-medium sized arrangement) can help to keep the centerpieces on the tables, but nope, they will still be moved away.
The alternative is to serve food on individual plating to keep the centerpieces, but there is an extra charge I’ll have to pay.
Actually, I prefer family-style so that guests can decide for themselves how much/little they want to eat. But centerpieces are not cheap so I’d like them to stay.
Venue 2: a restaurant in hotel 2.
1. The room is really pretty (high ceiling, floor-to-ceiling windows)
2. Chairs look better
3. Individual plating can be done at no extra cost
1. We are only given part of the restaurant unless we want to pay the minimum revenue, which is too high for us. The restaurant will put up a partition to mark our section from the “public” area, but it does not ensure privacy.
Our wedding dinner is actually more like a gathering for family and close friends so the lack of privacy is still fine with us (though less than desirable). No wedding singer or dancing, just good food and good company; at most there’s only toast and short speech to address our guests. Since half of our dinner guests are coming from overseas, our dinner is something we are throwing in honor of our Out of Town guests.
2. The food is not as great as that in venue 1 (but it doesn’t mean that it’s bad). The menu is less appetizing too.
The food in venue 1 is by hotel restaurant too, and when we went there to try out the food, the restaurant was much more crowded than restaurant in hotel 2.
When my Fiance and I had dinner in restaurant in hotel 2, there was only one other table besides us. On one hand, it’s great, because we might get the privacy without paying for the minimum revenue. On the other hand, if I were one of the guests, I would be wondering “Why is the restaurant so quiet? What’s wrong with the food?”
Price-wise, both venues are still within our budget even though venue 1 is cheaper by few hundreds (inclusive of individual plating charge).
At the moment, we are thinking to go with venue 1. We feel like we are honoring our guests better by serving the better food.
But sometimes, especially when I’m feeling selfish, I feel like choosing venue 2. It’s the kind of place that I like, and the food is still acceptable. On the other hand, I feel the pros of venue 2 are trivial compared to pros of venue 1 (that’s why I say I’m feeling selfish if I choose venue 2).