Post # 1
So I’ve been desperately trying to book a reception site, but because my wedding will fall on Memorial Day weekend next year, every site I’ve been interested in is either A) bumping up their prices or B)have time slots that don’t work too well for us.
The ceremony site is booked from 9AM-1PM, with our (short) ceremony starting right at 10. Unfortunately, I can’t have a sit-down brunch/lunch there. I could do a champagne toast there (1hr added for $400 not including beverage costs), but my side of the family would be itching for some food.
Elsewise, there are two other sites. One is a restaurant that has great options for brunch–roughly $28 per person for a three course meal and mimosa/champagne. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to give me a food and beverage minimum until the 27th and last year’s minimum was 6k. For 125 guests, that may be hard to hit for brunch. We would be able to rent the whole restaurant until 4 though.
The other option is Pier Wisconsin, which has gorgeous structures and great views of the lake and the Milwaukee Art Museum. It is actually catered by the same restaurant, and the quality of the food is amazing. Unfortunately, the main hall that I would like to book is open…9AM-1PM. So the same time slot as my ceremony. They do have an outdoor tent that I could rent until 3PM. Not as nice of a view, but I could potentially have a plated lunch then. Rental prices and minimums are still up in the air, though the coordinator here seems very flexible and understanding. She even sent me a “wish list” to fill out to figure out costs.
What do you think I should do? Should I push for the restaurant, even if they push the minimum to 7k next year, or should I move my ceremony time slot to 8AM-12PM and try for the Pier (hall or tent)? I don’t know how long a plated lunch will take, and although we’re not doing any dancing, I don’t want to rush the guests or photographers.
Opinions would be greatly appreciated, and sorry for the long post.
Post # 3
Why don’t you just change your date? It should be easy enough since you don’t have a venue.
Post # 4
We booked our ceremony site a year ago and we did not want a summer wedding whatsoever because its an outdoor wedding. The date is set so that its late enough for the gardens to be green and blooming, but cool enough for the elderly. We’ve even been visiting the site ever week to see what we can expect for next year.
We wanted a Sunday wedding too because Saturday receptions would just be too costly and most would expect an evening wedding and dinner then, with higher beverage costs. In fact, the Pier’s minimum would even jump to 25k for food and beverage minimums.
Fiance and I could really care less about having a reception, but he worries that his side of the older generation would be pissed about having to miss church for a non-denominational wedding that wouldn’t even feed them them a full meal afterwards. My side of the family isn’t religious, but they’re already disappointed that we’re not having a Chinese reception with crazy amounts of courses, so I would like to give them something to eat before they decide to disappear. Even my father left my brother’s wedding after their dinner because he didn’t like the food and didn’t think there was enough of anything. : So the reception is really for family.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
You could do- 9am pictures
10 am wedding, with more pics to follow
get to Pier Wisconisn by 11 or 11:30 for brunch
You’re no where near the restaurants minimum with 125 people, so I think you need to rule that venue out.
If you start brunch at 11:30, do you think your guests would stay 3 hours?
Post # 6
Fiance wants the restaurant despite the minimum because then his groomsmen can “let loose” at the bar.. ugh. He’s been bragging about how he’ll have an open bar even though it will be our wallets that are suffering.
I doubt most of our guests will stay 3 hours, but I don’t know how long a plated brunch/lunch would take, especially with stuff like cake cutting and even a potential photo booth. I’m also not a fan of how BIG the tent is.. it can fit 500 seated, 1000 standing. Yikes. That’s with a dance floor installed too.
Sorry if I seem difficult, I just don’t know what to do to please the families, Fiance, and myself. :