Post # 1
Why is it that every location I talk to wants to give me the bare minium and pretend that I could care less where I get married. Seriously if one more hotel offers me an in room ceremony I am going to scream! Yes, that may be what some people want but its not what I want, so please stop suggesting it even after I tell you repeatedly I am not freaking interested!!! I am not droping a grand on a photographer so he can take pictures of me in a freaking hotel room, I did not spend $1200 on a dress so I can chill in a room all day! I am sorry that all of my friends live on the other side of the country and that Fiance family hates us, so we have to elope, but you know what thats not my freaking fault and it doesn’t mean I can’t have the day I want! So if I am willing to pay for a nice day by god someone should be willing to give me a freaking place to do it! I mean it’s not like I am asking for freebees. Hell we even suggested a morning ceremony to not interfer with the bigger weddings! This is so anoying!!!…..Ok I think I am done…
Post # 3
Sorry, I’m trying to understand this. Is it because the places think there isn’t money to be made on their end if you’re having a smaller wedding?
I’d say your best bet is to go in prepared with exactly what you want, and if they keep pushing something you don’t, leave.
Post # 4
KatyElle I tryed to book our venue today, both venues(Our first choice and backup) that we were pretty much counting on tell me that even if we prepayed they couldn’t garentee us space and that we could always use our room as backups…Thats why I am venting..
Post # 5
Where are you looking? Do you have to elope locally? I had a beach, a wedding planner with all the bells and whistles like decor and floral arrangements and a bouquet, full set up and take down of a canopy and it was $700-$750.
Edited to add: I just found another post I commented on and it said you were in Seattle. Is there some special meaning for eloping in Seattle? Could you elope during your honeymoon? Or even a weekend away (and if you’re budget conscious even use a Groupon or LivingSocial). A lot of locations are free, but you will have to pay for an officiant and the photographer, but to pay for a location I thought was a rip so that’s why I did it that way.
I’m assuming you’re set on a hotel? Why a hotel?
Post # 6
Why can’t they guarantee a space?
Post # 7
@Koolbeans621: I understand why you’re venting, it sounds totally annoying. I’m just trying to be clear on the situation so I can give you good advice (I eloped too).
Post # 8
ananeele We are moving to seattle at the begining of the summer,so we are doing it there because we will be local. That and I have already booked a photag and a baker in the area.
strawbabies Because they don’t want to for a six person event and they are afriad they may book a bigger event they may want our space basicly. That not eactly what they told me but it’s what I am getting from the sales office.
KatyElle I was pretty anoyed so I wasn’t sure if my rant was very coherant which is why I explained.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Maybe you should look for a non-hotel venue, like a bed and breakfast.
Post # 10
look at non hotel.
where i live has fancy restaurants with private rooms that are swank.
what about rooftops, by the water, the fanciest restaurant in your area?
i clicked yelp seattle > restaurants…and then filtered to see which was the most expensive. 🙂
canlis came up. check out the penthouse and the exec room! executive room does 12-30 and it has a waterfront view. they even have a private event team…. hello, “free” wedding coordinator. ps ive never been or heard of it until now, but check it out:
“For 12 to 30 guests
We consider this the irresistibly comfortable “living room” of the restaurant. Host a business meeting with understated elegance, or host a private dinner party with the warmth, intimacy, and personal touch that will make your guests feel right at home.
Amenities include a fireplace, mahogany walls, oval or round tables, music player hook-up, and wrap-around views.”
Post # 11
MrsTCB I would kill for a rooftop venue, I just haven’t found one.
I been looking at everything not just hotels, it just so happens that our favorite were hotels. One of the major challenges for us is that we aren’t local so we can’t just visit places. Though after today I think we are gonna go on a vneue hunting trip next week.
Post # 12
Have you seen the Madisn Park Conservatory? Beachfront it says, and says they cater to small intimate events.
The Georgian claims rooftop dining…
OMG check out El Gaucho…they have a bunch of private dining rooms, and are waterfront, maybe they can offer you something? It looks stunning from the pics.
Question, does the ceremony HAVE to take place in the reception location? I mean Seattle has loads of parks, art galleries, museums etc that may be an option for you?
Could you travel outside of Seattle a ways? How about a windery? I have been to several wineries, especially the smaller ones, that offer small group private dining, maybe you could have your whole wedding there? I am sure a photographer and a cake would be able to be delivered outside the city for a fee?
How about this type of thing?
This place looks freaking awesome, maybe they have a grand suite or something that can be booked for a private dinnerm they have a garden and vineyard also
Post # 13
Check out their wedding gallery…I’m in love with this place!
Post # 14
I second what MrsTCB said. You could try to get a private room in a nice restaurant. I’ve also seen (not sure if it was here on wedding bee or on TV) a wedding at a Japanese garden in Seattle. Not sure if this is the exact one but this one that I found is really pretty if you’re interested: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm
Post # 15
Take The Reins Thank you so much for the suggestions, we actually over looked Willow Lodge which is silly because it looks so pretty and it cost less the one of our favs.
MrsTCB I love that resturant, both Fiance and I are foodies so the tasting menu option wuld be awesome. Thanks.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I was so burnt out on looking for a place and now I don’t have to! Wish me luck venue hunting next week 🙂
Post # 16
@Koolbeans621: I sure hope you find what you are looking for. Please let us know what you decide!