- Miss Tattoo
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Our first venue was a garden/mansion. It was going to be a casual afternoon garden party. Then the venue started to come up with restrictions and Mr. T basically sat me down and said that it wasn’t happening. We hadn’t put a deposit down yet (Their policy is that they can’t take deposits until a year out from an event.) Biggest con’s?
Time-They didn’t allow set up until 10am and everything had to be over and done with by 6pm and whatever vendors needed to come and tear down needed everything out by 7pm.
Space restrictions-They would not allow use of the mansion at all. So that means no cool photos in parts of the mansion except for the small bridal room they would have rented out.
Finally, no plan B. Which means that if it rains we could not have our ceremony or reception in the mansion. We would have to use the tents.
After that it basically came down to we were basically building a reception from scratch. We would have had to rent tents, chairs, tables, linens, plates, silverware, glasses, bars, servers, bartenders, chefs, ect. It would have ended up being crazy for just a very short reception.
So today we booked a country club in my hometown in WV. I went from having a casual afternoon garden party to an evening reception at a country club. White garden chairs are now really fancy ones. Gravel parking lot is now valet parking. Heavy appetizers in the afternoon have now been added to a sit down dinner. (How is a buffet MORE expensive than a sit down!?)
In the end the country club is going to be cheaper than the effing public park/mansion. In fact, for just having it at the country club the hotels in town automatically will block rooms for our guests up until two weeks before the wedding and offer a $50 discount on rooms. We also get a suite for the night at any of the hotels. All in all it’s a better move.
I guess the whole point of this is….I was in love with my secret garden theme, but we are no longer having an outdoor reception. (The ceremony is still outside) I feel like my dress choice doesn’t match the venue anymore. I feel like it’s too casual (Though I could probably just add a beaded sash)
Has anyone else did a complete 180 with their venue choice? Did you have to change themes?