Post # 1
I am down to two places for my wedding/reception. The Saybrook Point Inn and Spa and the Lily Lake Inn, both are in CT.
I am torn because I adore Saybrook, but it is a bit pricier than Lily Lake.
Lily Lake is good, but it doesn’t have evrything I want, or rather, it is missing some key qualities that make it more difficult for me to outright choose it even though it could save me more than $3000.
Idesperately need help, can anyone suggest some ways in which I can make an educated decision and the one that is right for me on my wedding day? I am a bit desperate here.
Post # 3
Money was my deciding factor. Even though there was just $600 difference, that’s $600 we can put toward a down payment on a house.
I found a place we were enamored with, and a place we really liked. Even though we could have our dog as ring bearer at the one place, and it defitely had more amenities, the less expensive place still makes my heart sing.
If money’s not an issue for you, go with the one you like best. I guess what you need to do is decide on your values- do you see your wedding day as a celebration that will be lovely based on who is surrounding you and the fact you’re celebrating your love, or are you out to make it the most perfect day with all the details you’ve ever dreamed of? I guess it’s kind of dependent on your financial situation, but for me $3000 could go a long way in my post-wedding life. If I was getting significant parental contribution or was further along in my career, that difference may not seem as significant.
Post # 4
I am also in that situation right now. However, for me, as for theartofliving, its coming down to money. The difference between my two sites is $5000 dollars, so for me its not even much of a choice, especially since i can use some of the 5 grand i’m saving to put into my other venue for decor and such.
It depends what sort of things you like more about the expensive location that the cheaper one doesn’t have tho, for us it was mostly about decor. They both have great food, and beautiful locations, the cheaper one is just going to need some more love to make it look fabulous.
And, by choosing the cheaper venue it does leave you 3 grand to do other things with, either for your wedding, your honeymoon, or your life together afterwards.
Post # 5
What qualities is the lower priced venue missing? Are they make or break qualities or just things it would be nice to have?
Post # 6
I’ve found that with money-related decisions it helps to make a list of everything you’ll need to spend on for the wedding, and rank them in order of importance to you. Then you can weigh your options against your list — if the venue is the most important thing to you, then definitely splurge on that, but if you’re absolutely dying to hire a certain photographer, for example, that may help make your decision easier, because the $$ you save by going with Lily Lake could go towards that dream photographer (or band, or Rolls Royce, or whatever else is top of your list!).
In my case, the venue was the most important thing to us, so we are scrimping on everything else in order to have the reception at our top-choice place, which I think is totally worth it.