(Closed) need venue wisdom (or maybe perspective)? [Long] – pics down the page

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which would you choose if you were in my shoes?
    Venue One - the one that makes us sigh and be happy (but is out of our price range) : (4 votes)
    18 %
    Venue Two - the logical choice that's kind of blah : (17 votes)
    77 %
    Forget celebrating with your family and friends; just have the ceremony. : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee

    I vote venue two.  Mainly because you really DON’T want to have to go into debt to pay for your wedding. 

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Sorry, but I think you should keep looking.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    hmmmm first off if you don’t love it don’t book it.  you’ll regret it.  can the lights in the first place be dimmed and you only use candles to light it? votive holders are relatively inexpensive you can get a bunch of them from wal-mart for like .50 cents and then get like 6000 or so rose petals from fifty flowers for 150 or so and then just scatter it in between them, very sophisticated low key and inexpensive but if you have a 100 candles it will look like you spent a lot on it.  also, is there anyway you can leave the bar open for an hour or have a champagne toast?  can you ask the owner if they can do a buffet style dinner and ask how much that costs?

    eta i voted venue one because you can find ways in your budget to cut cash or you can get an extra job to pay for it, it’s less than 100 per month until your wedding for the cost difference.

    Post # 6
    Bee
    2362 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

    I’m sure you have exhausted the list, but are there any other potential venues?  I guess I would vote 2, but it doesn’t sound exactly right either.  Have you looked at museums, parks, restaurants, considered a location slightly further?  I don’t know if that’s helpful, but if you make a decision because you’re feeling pressured, you may not enjoy the rest of the planning, and you still have a year to go!  I would almost take today and tomorrow and start at square 1 to see if there are any more options!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    I think Venue 2 is the way to go.  There are def some cool things you can do decoration wise to spice it up.  Plus you will be so busy being happy, dancing and enjoying yourselves that the decor really won’t matter.  I barely remember what our reception looked like!  It’s def not a good idea to go into debt over your wedding.  If you still aren’t sure, maybe keep looking for a venue, but I think you both know that venue 1 is not an option budget wise.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @DD: can you add twinkle christmas lights to those trees (i usually am not a fan of the christmas ligths but it may look awesome in that venue.)

    Post # 10
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    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’m kinda confused about the total estimated cost to have it at each place. It sounds like you would have to decorate #2 more than #1, which would cost more. Are you telling me that in vanue #2, you get all the linens and tables and chairs and dishes for $300 and then it would only by $15 per person after that?

    I didn’t vote, so I guess my vote is to explore other options. It sounds like you really loved the atmosphere of venue 1, but I agree you shouldn’t take out a loan for it. It would be sad if you weren’t excited about your venue (which is sounds like that may be the case with venue 2).

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee

    First, I love that extra little area outside the ballroom in venue 2.

    I think if you go with venue 1, you don’t need to wrap the staircase, so that would save money. You could just do a votive candle for the centerpieces and go for a cute bistro feel.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Based on the pictures, if those were my only two options, I would choose #2. I think it has more character.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2008

    How big is that extra area outside of the ballroom?  Are you sure your tables won’t fit?  🙂

    What is your timeline for your reception?  If you choose Option 2, could you have your “mingling hour” out in the lounge area, with those cocktail table set up on the wood floor, and then have them call everyone into the ballroom for dinner, but then after dinner, move everyone back into the lounge area for dancing and drinking (nonalcoholic cocktails) and lounging?  I can’t really tell how big it is from the pics, but we did basically that for our reception.  Too small?

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    If you will regret not having it at Venue 1, then do it at Venue 1.

    Obviously Venue 2 is the more logical choice… but if it won’t feel as special and magical and next year when you get your photos back you will wish you went with with Venue 1, it isn’t worth it. You only get ONE DAY to have your wedding day… make it what you want.

    That said, it will be magical no matter what (you’re marrying your dream man aren’t you?!?!) so if you DO go with Venue 2, you will have the best day regardless.

    Just make sure you have zero regrets. And yes, as soon as you book, you will have a weight lifted and you can go on planning. Don’t look back though!

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