Post # 1
We are getting married in the Cleve next August, and did a lot of homework on venues. After making the wedding a Friday evening (it’s the summer anyway, we save a LOT of money!), lots of negotation, and some serious drives back and forth, decided the Hyatt Regency was the perfect location for us. We plan to have both the ceremony and reception in one location, and really want to have a hotel attached (less drunk driving for guests, easier if you forget something, in-house wedding planner, etc…), and the place is so vintage beautiful. We got them down from $110 a head to about $65-75 a head all-inclusive, putting it right in our 10k budget. Well, I pretty much felt everything was settled to get this done last week.
Last week I drove the two hrs into town and had an exhausting drive all over town. My mom suggested that I needed to keep looking at venues, but that she would generously and kindly pay for the Hyatt if that’s what I want.
Here’s the question – I am now debating two venues around Cleve/Akron: the Hyatt, and the Happy Day Lodge (her suggestion). I know these seem at the total opposite ends of the spectrum. One allows me to save a ton of money, hopefully (HD), however one is what my fiance and I really want (Hyatt). I don’t want to spend my parent’s hard-earned money on the Hyatt in this economy, if it’s going to be at all disappointing. I have already bought a formal, vintage-looking dress to fit in with the Hyatt, yet I feel I’m getting some pushback for this somewhat upscale, expensive venue choice. In other words, I don’t want to see to be some brat with this decision unless it’s really worth it! ;D
– Anyone ever been to a reception in the Hyatt? Were the storefronts distracting? How was the food/atmosphere?
– By the same token, has anyone ever been to a reception at Happy Days? Were there spiders? I have a totally irrational fear of spiders. How hippie exactly are we talking there?
Sorry for the long post, would appreciate any advice you can give (in general, or specifically). Thanks!
Post # 3
Yay another Cleveland bride!! First, that is sweet that you got them down from $110 to $65-$75. I tried to negotiate with my reception venue but they wouldn’t budge (bastards.) Anyway, I really can’t answer your questions because I’ve never been to the Hyatt or Happy Day. However, I will tell you this: do not ever forget that this is *your* wedding. Yes, your parents may be paying for it, but you want it to be a reflection of *you*. Here are a few things to think about: Is there any way you can chip in financially to lessen the "burden" on your parents? Are there things you can cut out or cut back on? How much would you have to bring in at Happy Day? Do they provide tables, linens, dishes, glasses, silverware, chairs, etc?
A wedding at the Hyatt and a wedding at Happy Day will be two completely different events. Think about what *you* really want (which to me seems like the Hyatt.) Good luck, and welcome to Wedding Bee!!
Post # 4
I’m sorry I can’t give you any advice on your venues because I’ve haven’t been to either of them, but… I’m originally from Cleveland and all my family is there. I just wanted to say hi and welcome to the hive!!
Post # 5
Thanks for the hellos and thanks for the level-headed advice!
I crunched the numbers, EAQ219 and got some really surpising results…
A Friday evening wedding in the Hyatt, including all aspects (except photos): ~$9700
A Friday or Sat wedding in the woods, including all except photos: ~$11k
I think what people don’t realize about "unique" or "rural" locations that don’t have kitchens or dedicated wedding staff is that a *lot* of the time, you’re renting so much and dealing with so many logistics (like transportation, etc), that it saves you neither time nor money. Guess I just have to get this across to my folks and offer to perhaps pay for any overruns!
Viva la Cleveland! 😉
Post # 6
Whoa, I guess you should probably go with your original plan then! It’s nice when things work out the way you want them too. Good luck with your planning!
Post # 7
I’m getting married at Happy Days in two months. I think the great thing about it is that it’s whatever you make of it. I love the building and history so I’m drawing from that and have no plans for anything “hippie dippy”. I think it’s a large space and requires a lot of work, while a hotel is kind of an easy solution. It sounds like you really like the Hyatt. I’d go with what you want, but definitely keep looking. I looked at hotels and all sorts of venues and it helped me realize that I’m the farthest thing from that route.
Post # 8
I went to a wedding at the November Lodge in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the wood inside was so beautiful! It might be something you could consider….
I have never been to a a wedding at the Hyatt…but it is beautiful!!!
Post # 9
They Hyatt sounds beautiful – and I think that since it’s what you want and the number crunching really seems to work in your favor – you should go with it! It’s not selfish or anything to want this venue just because mom’s paying/helping pay. If that’s what you want, it’s what you want! And how nice is it to have everything all-inclusive like that?