Post # 1
My Fiance and I have our reception venue narrowed down to two choices. Both venues are holding our desired date for us. The problem is that they are in different places and have different pro’s/con’s and we are starting to disagree somewhat on what we want. I also can’t pin down exactly what I want so that makes it hard when we talk about it.
- is in the town I grew up in – my parents want it in this town
- Has FANTASTIC customer service
- Is pretty much a blank slate in a good way – we can customise it to our hearts content and make it really “us”
- On site accomodation for our guests
- Is where Fiance & I live – Fiance REALLY wants it here
- Not very customisable but felt like “us” so that wouldn’t matter
The main issue I think is the location of the venues. Fiance feels that if venue #1 was where we live now he wouldn’t consider it and I think it would still be somewhere at the top of the list mainly due to the highly helpful staff. I also always dreamed of getting married where I grew up but admit that it would be easier to plan if it was where we live now (it’s a few hours drive to where I grew up). Fiance thinks that our guests will not want to come if it is there but just under half the guests are from where we live now and just over half from other places so I don’t really think it matters.
What do you bee’s think? I need some advice 🙂
Post # 3
I say go with your heart. It sounds like they are both great. Planning wise, and because your Fiance loves the one near you, I say go with the one in your current location. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m having my wedding in the town I grew up which is a few hours away. Its has been a little difficult to plan but it isn’t that bad. FI’s parents live in my home town but the rest of his family lives about 3 hours away. I don’t think having to drive a few hours will keep your guests from coming. If you want it in your hometown I say go for it.
Post # 5
Another thing to note is that while venue #1 is a tiny bit cheaper, it’s a blank slate, and you will need to spend a lot of time and money pulling a look together. More time and money than venue #2, and it’s not where you live. So while if they were both at home, it might not be a huge deal, it’s possible it could raise the stress level of planning (esp from a distance).
Also, having to decorate a space will likely put venue #1 over the price of venue #2 – food for thought.
Post # 6
Who is paying? If your parents are, I’d have it in the venue 1. If not, then venue 2, since your Fiance loves it.
Post # 7
@Heartly: My thoughts exactly!
Post # 8
My husband and I came down to the same dilemma, and in the end we chose the one closer to home. The one thing I have to offer you is that on our wedding day, my parents forgot some things and very easily were able to drive home for them!
All that being said, it does sound like you guys are leaning towards venue #2, and you should certainly go with your hearts!
Good luck with the choice, choosing venue is the hardest part by far!! Once that is done, you can stop to take a little breather.
Post # 9
I agree with a previous poster we have found that the blank costs a lot and some venues have a lot of rules about what you can do.