(Closed) Choosing between 2 venues

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My thought is that it’s fairly obvious you vastly prefer option 2 and should definitely go for it. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I think venu 1 is a better option. What sold it for me is better food and more privacy, these are 2 things I feel are really important:)

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

i think food and privacy are very important (to me). I wouldn’t  want people to stare at me in my white dress at a public venue. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Maybe I’m biased. I’m getting married at one of three wedding venues that are on the same property as a restaurant. There is outdoor restaurant seating that basically looks through a couple trees to my outdoor reception. There is a path that passes my ceremony venue from the parking lot to the restaurant. (We chose the venue because it was outside, we could afford to host a dinner there, it was close to a few hotels.)

Also, I don’t mind if people peek at my wedding… (I have always loved weddings and am totally one who would slow walk by it a couple times if I were eating at the restaurant. And I’m a sap, so I’d probably even shed a happy tear or two for the anonymous couple.) So my only concern was that restaurant guests wouldn’t actually join the party.

Also I think there is a difference between serving good food and serving better food. There are a lot of factors that go into making a wedding. We’re serving a chicken option and a pork option, because that’s what we could afford, even though “better” might be the prime rib and salmon… The food will be good, no one will go hungry, and there will be something for everyone (except complete vegans, but I don’t have vegans coming.)

Anyways, I say think of what you’ll want to remember as your wedding, is that a private room with wonderful food in a hotel? Is it that open and funky restaurant? Which one is YOU and your FI?  (Wow… that ended up much longer than I intended!)

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I always lean toward better food… I’d go with venue 1 just for that. If it’s hundreds cheaper, then perhaps you could get some creative suggestions on decor (which seems to be the biggest hang-up with venue 1).

That said, I wanted to let you know that I went to a wedding two weekends back that had the dinner in a restaurant that they didn’t totally buy out. It was a small place, but there were easily 3 or 4 other good sized groups there. Our group (of 30-40) kept to ourselves, and the other groups didn’t bother us. The food was crazy-tasty and it was served family style. No one really bothered our group and we didn’t pay much attention to the other folks. The bride wore a white, visibly bridal, knee-length dress, and the groom wore a nice suit. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

The moving the centerpieces turns me off of #1.  So when the food is brought out, there will be no decorations, period?  I wouldn’t like the sound of that.

I think the thing to weigh that against is the privacy issue and if #2 is private enough.

As for the food, if it’s between good and better, the people at the wedding won’t know they were missing out on something better, as long as they will be happy with it generally.  As my Fiance says “the only time I notice wedding food is when it makes me sick.”

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