You girls are on to something, I should be focusing on what I liked about it to begin with, perhaps I’m being too analytical about it all.
Ok, so the venue is a hotel on the beach in South Florida. Sounds like it would be gorgeous, I know, but it’s not as ritzy as it sounds. I chose it for two reasons really: A. I had my out of town guests in mind, which is all of my fiance’s family and friends, and wanted them to be able to make a mini vacation out of coming to FL. Since it’s costly for travel and accomodations I figured it’d be nice to have everything at the same place so they wouldn’t have to rent a car or deal with driving and navigating through an unknown place if they didn’t have to/want to. B) of all the other hotels on the beach that I looked into, it was the most affordable.
Those are really the only reasons I chose it. Oh, and the ballroom has chandeliers…my fav part. I did a walk through of the entire place, ballroom, cocktail hour/restaurant space, pool deck, etc and it all looked good. The problem is, this was a year ago that I booked it and my taste has changed I guess? Not really changed, but now I know what I really love (tented wedding- my dream btw). At this point, city hall and an intimate dinner sounds lovely also.
1. Our ceremony will be there as well and we have three options: Beach, pool deck, or ballroom. We are not doing the beach b/c we’re just not having a beachy type wedding. So it’s between the pool deck or ballroom. My issue with the pool deck is that other hotel guests and beach goers will linger, stare, and come out in our pictures. My issue with the ballroom is that I just saw a picture today of a previous ceremony held there, and it just didn’t look how I had imaged. It didn’t have that wow affect, and it just makes me sad I guess.
2. The reception will be in the ballroom but the room is more of a rectangle, pretty narrow and I don’t think (based on pics I’ve seen of other weddings done there) we can arrange the tables on all three sides of the dance floor, and I reallllly want it to be this way. I want people to have easy access to dance or at least have a good view of us. We might be able to use the upstairs ballroom which is bigger, and even has windows facing the ocean. I didn’t go with this room initially because the catering manager and I both agreed it was too big for the amount of guests we are having.
3. The parking situation sucks! They have no self parking (they say there is “across the street” but it’s a busy street and said parking lot is nowhere to be found), so that leaves us with valet. I am planning on paying the valet for all my guests, but it’s an extra cost I wish I wouldn’t have ignored at the time. And I also didn’t consider that traffic backup that might happen when all our guests try to get to our wedding at the same time. Imagine a hotel on a busy downtown street, that’s kinda what it’s like.
Ok, that was a mouthful. Thanks for your words of encouragement so far. 🙂