Post # 1
Ladies, could I trouble you for your opinions?
Fiance and I have always dreamed of a hotel reception. Our families love to party and we loved the idea of everyone being in one place so that we can keep the party going even after the reception officially ends. We’re also a tad worried about people drinking & driving.
However, to book the hotel we love we will have to really stretch our budget. The hotel package would cover all of the food, open bar, set up & tear down, tables linens chairs, etc, and wedding cake but it would take up 70% of our budget. I’m a little nervous about how we’ll get a photographer, dress, DJ, lighting, flowers, etc with only 30% left.
There is no other hotel in the area which would cost us less. So…we have been checking out other types of venues. There is a local country club which is really beautiful and it will cost us about $7k less (while still including everything in the hotel package). I could for sure see our wedding there…my Fiance isn’t quite as convinced. He really wants everyone to be together.
For those of you who didn’t have your reception at a hotel where you stayed with your guests post reception – did you lose the feel of “togetherness” at all?
Those of you who did have your reception at a hotel- did you even care that everyone was still there or were you so focused on your new husband, first night as husband & wife to even notice?
And to all the other bees…any thoughts?
Post # 2
here is my opinion becaise i’ve been to a wedding that was at a hotel recently and one that wasn’t and mine isn’t either.
I LOVED that my friends wedding was at a hotel! it meant neither me or my Fiance had to be a designated driver. we could drink until the very end take an elevator to our room and crash. It was WONDERFUL! That being said we also had to travel for this wedding. It was 6 hours away from home. If my friend had her wedding at a hotel close to where we live i wouldn’t have stayed at the hotel. It doesn’t make sense for us to pay for a hotel room for the night if we can just drive home. You know what i mean? So if you’re having a lot of family and friends traveling from out of state or far away that will need a hotel anyway why not do it at the hotel? if you’re having your wedding locally chances are people aren’t going to stay at the hotel. We aren’t having our wedding at a hotel because the majority of our guests are local and we prefered the catering hall even though it was more expensive. Also, take into account that you might be REALLY tired after your big day! You might just want to go back to your hotel room with your husband and relax uninterupted. That’s what we’re doing. We want a little alone time after the wedding
Post # 3
i wanted to party all night but after thinking about it i was like there is no way i am going to party all night. I will be up early at about 8 and party ends at midnight.
So here is maybe something you can do. Find a hotel near the country club and provide shuttle for after the reception for those who want to drink. I am not sure what the hotel offers up for transportation or what a shuttle will run for about an hour but i am sure it will be less than the 7k.
Post # 4
I agree with PP, do the country club and use some of the leftover 7K to hire a shuttle to a local hotel. You’ll still have plenty leftover to use towards your vendors.