Post # 1
Hey everybody! So my partner and I (both from CA) are planning a destination wedding in Vermont for next September. We went out there in May to check out places and found one that we really loved. It’s beautiful, with a great view and wonderful decor that matches the style of our wedding. We have some hesitations though, and are having a hard time committing to this place.
First of all, the rooms average about $280 a night, and we have to rent all 16 rooms for 2 nights. We feel bad asking our guests to spend that much on our wedding. And if we don’t rent all 16 rooms, they get added to our bill….yuck.
Second, the owner has been a bit flakey, i.e., not returning phone calls, taking FOREVER to respond to emails. We have a wedding planner who has expressed a little concern, but she says that she can totally handle this, and we have complete faith in her.
Finally, the venue is about to undergo major renovations. The owner has assured us that they will be done by next September, and he already has other weddings booked. My dad (who is in construction) was like “there is no way that he is going to get all that done.” We are talking MAJOR renovations.
So bees….what would you do? This place is AMAZING, but we are a bit nervous about things. And we don’t want things to fall through if our guests start making plans. Also, we didn’t find another venue in Vermont that we liked near as much. And it’s really important to us to get married in a state where same sex marriage is legal….otherwise we would be doing it in California….
Post # 3
I would be too scared…..I am a total planner and that uncertainty would freak me out.
Post # 4
I agree with @audrey9398–I’m a planner too and I would be stressing out big time about it being finished! Plus, if the owner is flaky NOW, it might get even worse when the renovations start.
I obviously know nothing about the financial well-being of your guests, but for me, $280/night would be too much and I would stay elsewhere.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 5
I personally wouldn’t do it. I personally think the price is a bit steep to ask your guests to pay.
Plus renovations would scare me.
Post # 6
even if it is perfect is it worth all the potential stress over the renovations? I would keep looking in Vermont. Congrats btw!
Post # 7
I’d trust your dad over the sales office at that venue! If they’re not answering the phone now, imagine what it’ll be like when they’re 2 months behind renovation schedule and you’re trying to reach them.
Post # 8
Wouldn’t do it.
1. Really expensive for a hotel wedding guest to have to pay. (what does it include)
2. Other people want your business…make them work for it.
Post # 9
I’d look elsewhere too. That’s a high price for guests to pay, plus, what if you hate the place after the renovations? Maybe they’ll make so many changes you won’t like it as much and you’ll be stuck.
Vermont is a gorgeous state…where are you looking and for how many people?
Have you read through the local board for Vermont?