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

posted 6 years ago in Venue
Post # 47
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@happilyeveraftergirl:  Awww thank you!!!! Lol

 

good luck picking a venue!!!! Give us an update when you do!

Post # 48
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@happilyeveraftergirl:  Snow in August? Where would that be?!

To help minimize costs, maybe ask around previously married friends/relatives to see if you could borrow their boxed-up decorations. I only say this because my cousin offered! It then gave me an idea!

Having tables and chairs included is pretty much nearly hassle-free! Have you looked into fancy plastic-ware? There are so many pretty disposable plastic-ware out there. Some caterers offer plate rentals as their catering packages; that way, you don’t have to worry about assigning someone to wash the dishes before returning them to the rental place.

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

@happilyeveraftergirl:  Hm, I can’t help you much with catering questions, unfortunately, but it would be a good question to ask them! My reception venue was $350 for the whole day, which included plates, utensils, chairs, linens and tables.

Just from Google search:
http://www.smartyhadaparty.com/Plastic-Dinner-Plates-Fancy-Elegant-Wedding-c325.aspx

http://www.divinedisposables.com/modules/cart/navigate.php/cart_nav_id/44

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@happilyeveraftergirl:  Well then you know where you have to have your wedding now ๐Ÿ˜€ 

 

i found 2 places i love one is a b&b in the moutians (has a roofless room omg heart aches) but there is no tv or wifi and its only for a max slep 35 be there for any of it 40 so its a lil small unless i just invite family lol 

 

I do love it though my fh said his family would hate it with out wifi and tv for 3 days (thats the min stay so it seems great lil get away to nature to get to know each other since they are all form texas we are form vancouver) but his family wouldnt’t like it 

 

then i found this amazing local restruant with a key hole court yard that is magical and looks out of another place its chic its some of the best food in the city its all glassed in so you get outdoors with out being out doors and his family would love being in the heart of vancouver 

 

when i went ther i wont lie i felt welled up inside thinking i could get married there (but part of me still wants the smaller venue you up in the moutains thats less realisitic) lol 

 

so i knowwhat its like to be torn …. i truly love both but the day of event planner at the one in the city was a lil rude she made me feel nuts for asking like could i change out the paintings  (cuz i didnt like the colours) or ok so u said 40 ppl can sit and stand 95 in the court yard isn’t it rude to ask some ppl to stand) she went loke omg no one cares they are happy to be seeing you get married if you really care that much about what ppl think i never heard one bad thing said … she did end up sayingf i could rent smaller chairs and seat 60 for the vows …. but ya she went off on me a little and i was  just curious …. since beeing on bee i found every thread about seating some and not others being majorly bad so that kinda turns me off a bit but maybe i just trim the list and then you gotta think 10 of the guests are stadning up there so with rented chairs i get 70 lol 

Post # 54
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@happilyeveraftergirl:  I chose mine based off budget and what they offered.  I actually created a spreadsheet and rated every single category.  Also, I was able to get an idea of price and did not look at a venue if they were not within budget. My father told me that he was willing to pay for a venue within 10 miles of where we currently live.

Here is a link to my Yelp list describing the places I looked at:

http://www.yelp.com/list/north-shore-wedding-venues-northbrook

The venue I found was a reliable venue that everyone uses in my area.  They have been very responsive, and the package offers everything from hotel rooms to cake.  The restaurant that does the catering has a very good reputation in the area as well.  It is the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook. We realized that everything we were complaining about was very minor – somewhat dated looking, etc.  Otherwise, we really had no complaints.  We realized that it was “the one” based off that.

 

Post # 55
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Worker bee

I see you’re planning an August wedding – I know parts of California can be very mild year-round. I’m not sure where in CA you are, but are you concerned at all about climate control? Does the barn have HVAC? If this is not a worry, I would definitely go with the barn! There’s so much you can do with that blank canvas. I love your lighting idea. And if you love fancy chandeliers, start hitting flea markets and thrift shops – I bet you could find a few to hang in the barn (and bonus – you might use them in your home later, if only in your outdoor areas). My Fiance and I are talking about a beach wedding, so no barns for me, but if I could find a wide-open venue with that kind of character, I would snatch it up! Good luck!

Post # 56
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Busy bee

We picked our venue because it’s free ๐Ÿ™‚ we originally had our hearts set on a different venue, but just couldn’t justify paying $5,000 for an average looking venue. We asked my Fiance grandparents if we could have our wedding in their yard and bam, there was our venue. My MoH even pulled some strings and we’ll have free tables and chairs. I don’t have a picture, but the one I’ll post at the end is similar. Just imagine, where that tree is, various flowers surrounding the area and circling around. They have a huge garden.

Any way you could do anything like that? Between the two venues, I’d go with the barn. As you said, it has been your dream and it’s not weird to have a barn wedding, especially if you have nice decorations. A lot of people do it. I just don’t think it would be worth it if you hate the inside. The outside might be beautiful, but people will be spending mosf of their time inside and that’s what they’re gonna remember.

 

 

Post # 57
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

OP, I won’t have my dream venue anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚ My June wedding is cancelled due to death in the family.

 

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 @happilyeveraftergirl:  it sounds like the winery is more of a package deal and the barn would require more coordination on your part? You can decorate any way you want but who will actually be responsible for that? 

And just because we were seriously in love with our venue I have to share ours. It was a non-traditional venue that included just the tables and chairs. We used the “good china” from both families, bought all the glassware and linens, hired the servers, and had the catering delivered since we couldn’t find a full service caterer who offered the quality of food we wanted. It took a lot of massive spreadsheets detailing everything and packing, labeling, and moving 50+ boxes plus all the flowers. But it was gorgeous, there was a secret room overlooking the front parlor where the Steinway was, a beautiful arch in the solarium for our ceremony, and we had the place all to ourselves. The venue coordinator showed us how to lock up and took off right before the ceremony started. 

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