(Closed) is saving $ worth downgrading fanciness.

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s all in how you make it. If you shop around you can have both. Out wedding is on budget it’s still going to be nice. You also have to think about extra decorating. You can make the second place look fancy with decorating.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hmmm…I think this a judgment call only you can make, but one thing I will say is that the first place won’t need as much embelishment. If you are planning a large decor/floral budget, you can probably really skimp there on the first place. It may, therefore, not be as big of a cost difference.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It is a lot of money to save, what about putting it into florals or other decor? What about a DJ. Have you planned for all of that already?

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am practical, so I would say yes. Both venues look great to me.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I like the first better, I think the second one kinda tacky. 2K is not a amount so horrible that it’s not workable.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

That is something only you can answer. How important are each of those things to you? How important is a fancy event vs one that is informal?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I don’t think the 2nd option is that bad.  It’s hard to judge since you’re looking at someone’s else’s decor in the picture, which might not necessarily be your taste.  Have you gone to see it in real life?  Does it look like a place that you can inject your own style into?  If so, I would save the money and go for it. 

I think the only reason you shouldn’t go for it is 1) if you know you really don’t like it or 2) if you’d end up making up that $2,000 cost difference with decor and such by choosing the cheaper option.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ JustLikeHeaven

I’m going to strongly encourage you to not consider the second one tacky. It isn’t. The way the room is styled in the photos is not my cup of tea, but with the difference in price, I think you could do some very lovely and sophisticated things in there. I also do not think that one denotes a more formal or more informal event. That might be different based on actual locals (downtown hotel v. local community center), but they are not striking in their difference in that sense.

By The Way, for us, bringing in our own alcohol is savings us several thousands of dollars. I didn’t notice that the first time I posted, but it really adds up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

I don’t think the second one is tacky at all! (Maybe I do hate the “t” word after all…) 

Regardless, are you going to be comfortable with putting down two thousand more on one place? Plus paying more for alcohol if you’ll need it, no plates listed/other utensils, and paying more for less time?

I mean, it just depends on how far your budget can stretch. If you can absorb that cost, great I’d say go for it, since you like it more! But if not, then it doesn’t matter how pretty the first place is if you’re going to be scrounging for cash to pay for everything else, and be stressed. Nothing is worth making you feel miserable about money for a couple of months, if you don’t have to be stressed. 🙂

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

In that case go with what works with your budget. No fun if your eating roman noodles for 3 mths afterwards.

 

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