- 2 years ago
I am in the early wedding planning stages and have started getting quotes from venues and going on tours. (I’m exhausted; so much number crunching and so many tours).
There was one venue that I’ve had my eye on ever since an old classmate got married there. I figured it would be WAY out of my price range, much like some of the higher end estates are in this area that honestly caused me to laugh out loud when I received their quotes. After not being blown away by any of the venues i visited, I emailed the dream venue out of curiority, and the cost was not that bad. Without giving away figures, it was about 15% more than what I wanted to spend on venue + food/drinks.
This place ticks all of the boxes for me and my SO: spotless white rooms with floor to ceiling windows, indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces, countless areas on the grounds for photo ops, indoor and outdoor bar, an area for outdoor games that was a big hit with my SO (he is not a dancing man), etc. It far exceeds any of the venues we vitisted, but it is also the most expensive (alas…).
All of the venue’s inclusions (food/drink, a getting ready area, tables/chairs/linens/etc) would make planning a bit easier, which is a big plus for me. For instance, I wouldn’t need to arrange a limo to arrive in, because we’d all be there before everyone getting ready. I also wouldn’t need to rent a space for a “getting ready” area, whereas I had intended to rent a hotel suite for those photos as no family in the area have a good space for this. All of this is accounted for in that 15% figure, by the way.
However, if I went with this venue, I would need to make some cuts to other areas of budget: invitations, photographer, dress, decorations, etc. to make up that 15%.
The place is honestly beautiful, and I saw many photos of weddings there with very minimal decorations (DIY centerpieces, etc) that I don’t mind, but to be honest I have very very simple taste. I was thinking most of the difference could potentially be made up by reducing the decorating/foral budget, but maybe it will be too plain?
What do you guys think? Dream venue with minimalist decorations or pick a different venue that we can decorate all out?