(Closed) Grrrr.. How did you decide on your venue?

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 17
9819 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

@happilyeveraftergirl:  I don’t attend church very regularly but it has always been important to me to get married there, Fiance is very understanding and ok with it 🙂

Post # 18
9819 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

@happilyeveraftergirl:  And out of the two options you have I would go with the barn 🙂

Post # 20
6255 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I just knew mine was the one when I toured it- and the price was okay (for my area). If I were you I would choose the barn!

This was mine!!

Post # 21
2075 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

When I first met Fiance, he was watching Runaway Bride while he was chatting to me on MSN. He said he loves outdoor weddings. We both love the Rockies; I got proposed close to where we are getting married!!!!

My top contenders were Southern Alberta Rocky Mountain venues, Edmonton Sun Ridge Ski Hill and northern Rockies. They were all out of budget.

Ceremony grounds:

So, our location is quite rustic and holds a maximum of 150 people. It’s right next to the bird sanctuary.

We picked the place primarily because the food is delicious.
So, in order:
– Cost and comfort value for guests; they don’t have to pay for park fees
– Food has to be tasty
– Scenery and sentimental value

Post # 22
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

We chose ours because

  1. Its beautiful! It looks like a miniature castle. There is also a gorgeous park right beside of it, and tons of places to get some pretty pictures.
  2. The staff is so friendly. Even though we’ve only met their wedding cordinator a couple of times, she remembers our faces and even random things that we’ve told her about ourselves. When we went to the next door park to get our e-pics done, she even came out to say hi to us.
  3. We’ll be able to pick our caterer, bartender, DJ, ect.
  4. Chairs and tables are included, so we dont have to worry about renting them.

Originally the cost was also a factor… But then things started adding up and it ended up being more expensive than other venues we were looking at.

Post # 23
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I wanted to get married at Disneyland, but figured that it was too expensive for our small wedding.  So I looked at 30+ venues, most of which wouldn’t consider us unless we added between 30-60 guests, which defeated the small wedding purpose (and added lots of expense).  Finally I happened to browse the Disney site again and found their Escapes wedding package that was within the budget and allowed us to have our small wedding.  Yeah!

Post # 24
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@happilyeveraftergirl:  well when i read the word hideous in one of the locations write ups its ez to see what deep down you want … witch is most important … go fo the barn if the venue made you feel great and wanted it you never ever call it hideous 

go with the barn 

Post # 25
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Our venue happens to be next door to the church. Its very nice and extremely affordable (everything is included in a package price) so it was a no brainer. It’s nothing compared to many of the venues you see on this site posted by other bees but then I wouldn’t risk an outdoor wedding in the UK and other venues are beyond our price range.


I would vote for the barn and the lightingLaughing



Post # 26
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We picked our venue because

1) It’s beautiful

2) We loved the idea of having bunting in the marquee

3) It’s very local – 5 mins drive from the church!

4) It is very flexible in terms of what we can do with catering etc.


Honestly, I think you should pick the barn. It sounds as though you have some great decor ideas and it would suit your “dream” wedding more. The fact that you think part of the other venue is hideous is not a good start!

Post # 27
2530 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We picked out original venue because: we liked the atomosphere (“upscale” barn), we liked the location (gorgeous b&b), they included a lot (tables, chairs, flatware), and we were totally wedding novices and fell in love with it.
We ditched that venue when they suddenly told us we’d need to rent everything that they told us was included: tables, chairs, flatware, dishes… and that made the price hike up by thousands. The price was already beyond our budget, and that was teh straw that broke the camel’s back.

Our venue NOW, we chose because they were no-nonsense with their packages and prices, their reputation is great, they include EVERYTHING and then some (taxes and gratuity included? a card box? no extra fees for cake cutting or champagne?!), and we loved the coordinator, who will be our day-of guy as well. He’s been there for 23 years, and once he found out we were architects, he took us on an extra long tour to talk about all the improvements he’d convinced the owners to make to the building. 🙂
We loved it immediatley!

I’d say for you, the barn sounds like a better choice.
My logic is… what if it rains? You mention you don’t like the decor of the winery, and if everyone is stuck inside, is it worth it?

I don’t think getting married in a barn is strange (and hey – why can’t you do it outside?), we’re getting married in the same room our recption will be in! There will be tables where we wed an hour prior hahaha
And By The Way – you may be able to get plates and flatware through your caterer. Then at least they are in charge of washing them! The only thing I’d worry about is conditioning the barn air – people will leave early if it’s uncomfortably hot or cold. But that’s not a difficult thing to fix.

Post # 28
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@happilyeveraftergirl:  I haven’t booked my venue, but I knew it was my venue before I even got engaged! Getting married by a lake, then an indoor reception in a rustic, vintage style building (which was built in the 1800’s).  And when i went to go look at the venue it was even more beautiful in person so I just knew it was it! 

Post # 29
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Payless:  That site is amazing! Wonderful resource!

Post # 30
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I’d go with the barn.

We chose our venue because, when I walked into the bridal suite, I literally gasped with delight. Everything about the venue was pitch perfect, and that bridal suite just put it over the top. The chef was a former White House chef and their restaurant receives rave reviews, so we knew the food (our top priority) would be amazing. They were totally on board with our vision, willing to customize everything to suit us, and it just felt right. Plus, the venue was located in the town Mr. Lk and I had visited almost a year before…. and it was on that day that we both realized we had fallen totally head over heels in love with each other. The town has such significance in our story, so it was only fitting to get married there. I will note that fate also played a part. Mr. LK really wanted to get married in the area where we had our first date (an area we truly adore), but the area was hosting a major event on our wedding weekend. This event is so major that most locals simply leave the area for the entire duration because the traffic and tourists are such a nightmare. Once we figured out that this event was going on, we simply had to rule out getting married there.

Post # 31
3725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@happilyeveraftergirl:  Go with the barn! Barn! Barn! Barn! It’s much cheaper to rent dinnerware than it is to try to cover up poor decorating.

Barn! Barn! Barn!

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