Post # 1
So my fiance and I are looking at venues local to us. I found a place that matches my vision to the T. I email the owner and she tells me that they will do a tour with me but the venue is going through renovations and it is looking a bit rough but it will give me feeling for what the space can and will look like. When we get there, the venue looks like it’s in ruins. Meaning it is a very old place and rain water has dripped through the ceiling, paint is peeling and glass is broken, theres no electricity. The couple bought the place and is now remodeling it. The photos I saw online was renderings, or like virtual reality of what the space will look like when finished. The lady giving me a tour shows me the rendering of the venue and what it will look like when finished. Construction will resume in June 2020 and the venue will be done in January 2021. I’m planning a wedding for June 2021. There are already dates booked for the venue. The renderings are absolutely beautiful and what I would love for a venue. My question is, would you book this spot knowing what the space can be? Would you take that leap of faith? Or would you go somewhere else that doesnt have that same look you are looking for but has been established as a wedding venue for a while? Any insight is welcome.
Post # 2
I would not take a chance on a new venue with no operating history.
Eta: there is also a good chance construction could get delayed again.
Post # 3
Hmm.. I personally wouldnt, because ANYONE can imagine what a space can eventually become. Doesnt mean they have the ability or the funds to do so. AND because of this whole virus situation.
Post # 4
Well, we were due to marry first, in June. And buy a home next spring.
Then covid came. Our wedding was cancelled.
And as luck would have it, we came across a divorce sale in our preferred area, a perfect home for us.
So…we put in an offer and it was accepted!
Now our wedding money is combining with our savings so we can pay 35 percent down.
Our officiant is also our lawyer so we decided she should just marry us during closing.
And our venue rescheduled us for a year later. 2021.
Even better, our new home is right near the venue. So, we decided to only do our ceremony/renewal there, and have the reception at our home, which has an acreage.
So it’s saving us money, too.
Point is, you can be flexible and change the order of things and timelines if it makes more sense to you as things unfold.
If you’d rather don’t he home first, do it. I personally really wanted to be married before we bought a home, but the situation and opportunities made sense.
Not sure how I’d feel about booking an unknown venue, do you have other options?
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I wouldn’t put money down on something that wasn’t finished. You have no idea if construction will be delayed for some reason, if they’ll run out of funds before it’s finished. And I would wonder how well they would actually run a wedding. Do they have any experience or will this be their first rodeo?
I’d only go with an experienced venue that was already completed.
Post # 6
i probably wouldn’t. i considered a new hotel in my hometown as a potential venue and construction got super delayed and it didn’t end up opening for a year after my wedding.
if they are willing to give you some sort of significant discount for booking an “untried” venue, it might be something to consider, but if they just want you to pay full price, i’d say no.
Post # 7
That would be a huge nope for me – way too much economic uncertainty right now.
Post # 8
Nope. Six months from where they are now to finished seems ridiculously optimistic without the current situation and unrealistic during a global pandemic. I wouldn’t risk it. What happens if they are using the deposits they receive now to fund the renovation and then don’t finish in time or don’t finish at all and don’t have the funds to give money back and you have no venue?
Post # 9
Ok thanks for the insight. Next question, would it be rude to have a wedding reception about an hour away from our home town? My concern is the drive back for most guests after partying or them limiting their partying because they know they have to drive back. I found a venue that I initially put on th back burner for said reason but I cant stop thinking about how this is basically my vision for my wedding. Plan is getting married in a church and then having a wedding reception at a different place.
Post # 10
How far is the church from the possible reception location, 1 hour away from your home town? I would be fine if both were am hour drive. Are there hotels nearby?
Post # 11
It was about 50 mins from the church to wedding reception. My concern would be people would be drinking
Post # 12
Is there a closer church to the reception?
Post # 13
That’s a recipe for drunk driving. And a very far drive between ceremony and reception. If you have your heart set on the reception venue, find a different church and set up rate blocks with a few hotels.
Post # 14
either find a venue with hotels available near by or provide transportation for your guests from the venue to their home.