Post # 1
Fiance and I both have narrowed down venue choices to two final contenders. They are so very opposite of each other that it is making it very difficult to choose which one. Budget isn’t a deciding factor because they roughly end up being the same price once you consider catering, decorations, etc.
Pros – outside ceremony area, huge ballroom, can bring in own alcohol
Cons – 45 minutes outside of the city, only tables & chairs included in rental fee, very DIY
With updated flooring
Pros – in the city, SWEET bride & groom rooms, nice cocktail hour spaces, so much included in rental fee which creates less planning stress (ALL linens, photo booth, uplighting, centerpieces, etc)
Cons – no outside ceremony area, ballroom is much smaller than Venue #1 – The ballroom accomodates 220 (we will most likely have about 210-220 ppl), but I feel like it may feel too crowded
(Ceremony wall has been updated and has sheer panels on entire wall)
One of cocktail areas
Post # 3
Personally, I vote venue one because I really like the ballroom and I like the outdoor space. Venue 2 is gorgeous — no doubt. But if it’s smaller than what you need it may feel crowded which will be uncomfortable. You want people to be able to move around and have fun. I also don’t feel like there’s much you’d have to do to decorate the outdoor space or the indoor space in venue 1. Plus bringing in your own alcohol is going to keep costs down. I think the city venue sounds like it’d be more expensive which is fine if it’s in budget. I dunno, I guess you really need to think about it. Venue 2 looks like less stress but I think you could really make venue 1 your own. Either way it’d be beautiful <3 best of luck!
Post # 4
@SuperDuperBrit: Thanks! I love the look of the first venue as well! Being able to bring in my own alcohol definitely helps with costs, but the fact that venue 2 provides all linens & centerpieces evens out costs. Aghh! Decisions. Decisions. Thanks for your input!!
Post # 5
I would say it greatly depends on where you live, in Oklahoma I would never risk an outside venue. That being said, if you go with #2, I would also make sure that the 220 is your max, I know that there are always more guests that seem to get added just before invites go out. The outdoor space is wonderful and bringing your own booze is always a plus in my book!
Post # 6
I like how airy #1 looks, and you could do whatever you wanted to dress it up!