(Closed) Have your wedding at an ugly venue to make parents happy?

posted 7 years ago in Family
Post # 3
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think you should have it where your parents want it.  It may not be your first choice, but you can invite anyone you want.  I have learned that in planning a wedding, there is a lot of compromise!

Post # 4
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Sometimes a blank space can become the best spaces… You can make it chic and urban by setting up couches and tables near the bar as a lounge and use up lighting to really color the space. Bring in some trees for something different or use elements from your culture to jazz it up. The mirrors will help reflect the light and you could always hang some fabric to soften them a bit with lights behind them.

Just remember, that once the lights go down for dancing.. no one is going to notice the window molding or what color the floor is, they’ll just remember dancing and having an awesome time. 🙂



Post # 5
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am having my reception at a place I would not have normally chosen.  It’s still nice and cozy, but not the grand place with the grand grounds.  While my parents are not asking me to have it here, I have decided to have it here because they are also paying for a large portion of the wedding and it was by FAR the best deal around with everything that’s included per person.

I have also realized that all that grand-ness isn’t really necessary to me.  I went to a wedding in May that had beautiful grounds, but other than the couple’s ceremony, I didn’t use them at all.  My opinion is, if the food is great, the entertainment is good, and the company is even greater…. no one will care what the walls look like.  🙂

Post # 6
14659 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I say go for it, seems like there are a lot of positives.  You can work magic with decor and uplights.. and a great photographer can make the space look better in pictures than you even remembered it.

Post # 8
1303 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was in this EXACT same situation, I mean exact.  from the price, guest list, hours,cultural food and EVERYTHING.  In the end we chose the venue we wanted, which happened to be urban and chic haha.  His parents offered to pay but they wanted to pretty much control eveything so we did decided to do it our way. 

BUT, if you are even remotely comfortable doing it their way, do it!  The more money you can save for yourself, the better!  I shudder at how my much money this wedding is gonna drain me of; the more financial help the better.

Post # 9
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can do a lot with decor and DIY. See what the venue will allow you to do/won’t do, and go from there.

I was in a sort of similar situation, and we decided that we will do a destination wedding instead. That way there is less control on my parents side, but it is in a location that is beautiful. Lots of compromise is a must.

Post # 10
6394 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I originally wanted a different venue than my mom. It was more expensive and gorgeous, and we probably couldn’t have invited nearly as many people. I’m a few days out from my wedding, and I can tell you that I don’t regret caving in at all. The place is still really nice and it’s been awesome to spend the money elsewhere. My mom was even able to put $50 towards each Bridesmaid or Best Man dress. I feel like it was a great decision.

Post # 11
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It sounds like your wedding will be great in the space your parents have picked out, so I think it’s a good idea to compromise (especially because they are paying!). And once you commit to this space you can start brainstorming about how to decorate. I’m sure you’ll come up with something wonderful!

Post # 12
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

its about you two. i think you guys should do what makes YOU BOTH happy. I keep having to remind my mom that its not her wedding.

Post # 14
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am having my wedding at an ugly venue too.  My original venue was great – mountain views, beautiful room, fully catered, etc.  When the budget got cut in half, we ended up cancelling and then booking an American Legion.  I hate the inside of the legion – and I was so against it until I got some new ideas.  We are bringing in round tables and folding white chairs, instead of using rectangles and the grey metal chairs.  We are using a pipe and drape system to cover the walls of military memorabilia.  And we are doing a draping of tulle balls and white fairy lights on the ceiling.  Hopefully, all of this will take away from the hall feel.

It can be done – you just need to see different ways of decorating.  Don’t focus so much on the location, but more on how to make it the day you want.

Post # 15
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My honey-do wants to get married at some twin lighthouses up North. I do NOT want to do that. I haven’t been dreaming of that since I was six.  Yell


He also “envisioned” some wedding colors that were not anywhere on my radar AND a dress style that I am uninterested in, and THEN he imagined a hairstyle I do not want to do!!

Well, we’re not going to Boston or wherever, that’s out. I looked into the hairdo, and I might do a compromise. It’s hard because I sweat easily and I need to have my hair up or it’ll be ruined. He wants it down, but I’m telling you–wet and frizzy. So he probably wont get his way with that. But, I like his wedding colors, and I’m interested in making those work. I also looked into buying a 6ft lighthouse and I’m looking into a lighthouse themed decor. These were hard choices, because I’m a real brat, seriously.

The best part of it is, the only thing he thinks I don’t like is the lighthouse venue. I say it’s the best part because, instead of just telling him no to all his suggestions, I’m going to give as many of them a try as I can. I might like a different dress style, and the new colors and the lighthouse theme are fun. No one lives in Boston, all guests would have to travel, I’d have to be away from my huskies too long, and I’m not interested in planning a wedding long distance with no local support.

What you have to consider is EVERYONE including yourself. Where it’s important, stand your ground; where you can please others without it crushing you, then do so. The wedding is important to both families. Sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight that even your sister or brother or closest uncle have emotional feelings about you getting married. So always handle their feelings with care and actually give their suggestions some thought before declining them. Everyone wants to feel a part of it. Make them prove it, too, by helping you decorate! LOL





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