(Closed) How did you pick your venue? Castle dreams, or reg wedding venue?

posted 4 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would choose the one that is most economical…since u loved both

Use the money somewhere else




Post # 4
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MissParrot: If you have the budget for the castle, go for the castle. I mean, how often do people get married in CASTLES?! And plus, it’s your dream! 

Post # 5
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would not cut my guest list and get married on a weekday for any wedding venue.

When we were looking (well actually before that even) I was in love with a place in our city. It had literally everything I could think of that I wanted in a venue (indoor/outdoor, held enough people, awesome view, great area for cocktail hour, etc.) but with the rental and the catering list we had to choose from it would have been really expensive. We could have went with the cheapest caterer (not that great food) and skimped on everything else, but who really wants a not that great party without everyone you want there, just to have the pretty place to have it? It’s just not worth it. I found a different venue with most of my list, and we are having awesome food, can invite a lot more people, a great DJ, and a photobooth.

If you’re not happy with the other choice though, I think you should keep looking. Especially if you’ve only seen two!

Post # 6
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MissParrot:  We were in a similar boat – fell in love with a castle, but it was wayyyy out of budget for us. We ended up going with a different, more affordable venue that we loved just as much, and then got our engagement photos taken at the castle so at least we’d have some memories of it! They came out beautifully, too 🙂

Post # 7
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If you know you have a guest or multiple guests in wheelchairs then that would be a dealbreaker for me re: the castle….Is it possible to do a photography session at the castle without it being your actual venue?

Post # 8
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

For me, the venue is somewhat important…the only reason I will spend as much as I will on it is because there are barely more affordable options.  More important is who I want to come to my wedding. FI’s family is several states away, and I want them to be there. I am super close to all of them. So weekend wedding it is!

It just depends on what is more important to you. My sister had a mid-week wedding, and she missed having some people there that she really wanted there. Also, because people had work the next day the reception was cut very short.

Post # 10
2694 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We went with what was most affordable BUT with that said, we had other cheaper options but our venue was also gorgeous inside so that was the selling point.  Plus we wanted a place where we didn’t have to also rent tables and chairs so our venue included that.  We also needed a place with a kitchen for caterers and with lots of bathrooms.  We really lucked out with our venue.

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