(Closed) Help! Which Venue! Pics!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which Venue?
    Venue 1 and cut down on other aspects of the wedding : (32 votes)
    59 %
    Venue 2 and have everything else we want : (22 votes)
    41 %
  • Post # 3
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    @Fazza1717:  Oooooh, UK bride!! I LOVE venue 1, if there is any way at all to fit it in the budget I say do it! Where is it, if you don’t mind me asking?

    Post # 4
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I’ve been in this exact situation. We found THE most amazing venue but it was 5 times the price of the one we ended up going for. It would have been the most amazing place however I thought back to previous weddings I’ve attended and what I really noticed about them : food, drink and entertainment. In my opinion if you have to cut back on those things then its just not worth it.


    For your second venue, have you thought about hiring in the chivari chairs instead of having the banquet types with chair covers? it might just bring the whole look of the place ‘up’ a bit?

    Post # 5
    1385 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I voted #1 because you’re in love with it and I can tell that’s really what you want. For myself personally, I had the same dilemma but I chose #2 for myself. I weighed out my options and it was more important for me to have everything that I wanted and have still a nice venue over having an amazing venue and having it feel scarce or like I’ve missed some marks. Also now I get to have amazing photography, videography, honeymoon,  decor, etc. You just need to decide what is most important to you.

    Post # 8
    472 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m in the same situation. I’m choosing my dream venue over the one I am just okay with. It’s not that my venue is exactly going to break the budget, it’s the fact that it’s 9 hours away. With that come hotel expenses, renting a car, and all of the other out-of-town expenses. 

    I feel like with a beautiful venue, like option one, it makes everything else looks better. The photos will also be breathtaking with that kind of backdrop. When a venue looks that nice you don’t have to spend as much in decorations and flowers because it speaks for itself. Kind of like when people get married at the beach.

    Post # 9
    2587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @Fazza1717:  I was in a similar situation, and in the end I decided to go for the slightly cheaper venue.

    For your venues, I think Venue 2 looks actually better – Venue 1 looks beautiful and amazing, but it almost looks TOO big. How many guests are you having? If your wedding isn’t huge you could end up with the rooms looking very empty, wchich doesn’t look great. Also, looking at the size of it – does Venue 1 do more than one wedding at a time? It looks like it could easily cater for it – and then you have to consider if you’d want to run into another wedding party on the same day.


    I think Venue 2 looks lovely – not too small, but I think it won’t look too empty either, and it looks like you’d have more flexibility in putting your stamp on the decorations too without it being overwhelming, which could be a danger in Venue 1!


    Also, I saw you mentioned that you were in Yorkshire, so another consideration might be how easy they are to get to – will you have a lot of people travelling? How far are they from the nearest hotel/town? Do either of them offer a taxi or shuttle service deal? We also compared bar prices of the places we looked at – sadly the venue we went with had more expensive bar prices than the place I fell in love with, but they did say they would do us a deal on wine to compromise.


     ETA: What is Venue 2? I see you get exclusive use at Carlton Hall (being nosey on the website!) which cost extra in a lot of venues down here of that size, but I also see that their capacity is up to 200! Our wedding is only going to be 60-ish people, so the idea of all of them rattling around somewhere that big could mean that the atmosphere falls a bit flat because there’s too much space – how many guests are you planning?


    In the end though I found the venue the hardest choice of them all, and second-guessed until about a month after we booked it. Does your FH have a preference at all?


    Post # 11
    2587 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @Fazza1717:  Venue 2 sounds very similar to the venue we booked then, and your numbers are only about 10 more than us!

    My advice would then be to go and see them both again and try and picture the rooms full of people – for exclusive use, is it worth the additional £££ for a building and grounds your guests will only probably use a small percentage of? Or will the smaller venue feel TOO cramped? We’re lucky that our venue will basically give us freedom to spread over the whole ground floor (save a room that they’ll set aside as a restaurant for the evening for any other guests), so that if one room gets a bit cramped,  there’s a bar, and a ‘reception’ area, and they’re giving us another room as well since the package included a ceremony room but we’re having a church wedding.

    In the end it’s what fits the two of your best, I think, as a couple!

    Post # 12
    1782 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I like #1!

    Post # 13
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I think venue 1 is really pretty but when you say “cutting down on the other things” what do you exactly mean? Does this mean you will get a cheaper dress, less flowers, cheaper photographer or will it mean cutting things for your guests?

    Post # 15
    23 posts

    I like #2!

    Post # 16
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @Fazza1717:  In that case if you want venue 1 then definately go for it. In my opinion it is much nicer than the 2nd.

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