Post # 1
We are getting married at our local Yacht Club, and although it sounds fancy, it is far from it. It is very outdated and will require a lot of decorations. We went with it solely based on cost ($300 fee for both ceremony and reception area, including access the night before).
I keep thinking that we are making a mistake by just settling for this place, when we could pay more $$ and find something else. Would you look around more or would you just pay a little more making it look nice?
Ill attach a pic..is it bad that Im embarrassed to post it? lol
Post # 3
First, lemme tell you, I belong to a YC in N. CA and the picture you have is FAR classier and updated! 🙂 My (now MIL) wanted us to have it at our YC and I refused because it was not what we wanted-it was what SHE wanted. Also, most YCs have an open door policy with members, meaning, having paid to become a member, they are allowed to be at the club during any occasion, even a wedding ceremony. Make sure to ask if the ‘clubhouse’ will be exclusive for use by your guests for that evening. Also, would the amount of decor that you would have to buy be worth the cheaper venue cost or would it hike it up quite a bit? Another question to consider is setup and cleanup of the area-are you hiring an outside company? Setting it up is not something that you or your wedding party will have time to do the day of the ceremony and most YCs will not allow you to set up in advance because club members will be using it.
Hope this helped at all! 🙂
Post # 4
The space will be what you make it. No one is going to remember the color of the walls or the kind of flooring; they’re going to remember you, your husband, and the fun stuff you do at the wedding!
If you really hate the place, see what you can do about your contract and look around (don’t cancel until you find something new though – better a venue you’ve settled for than no venue at all!).
In the end though, the venue is only one piece of the puzzle.
Post # 5
It’s not at all embarassing. The room doesn’t really have a lot of inherent charm, but it is priced very well and with creative decorations you can completely change the ambience. If you are unhappy with the venue, you should at least look to see how much allternative venues would charge, and then you can determine if this is the right venue for you.
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
That’s a ridiculously low price for both the ceremony and the reception and I think it’s pretty! It seems like it would be worth it to spend even like, $1000 on decor, which could easily transform the space and you will have still saved a lot of money, since more site fees are upwards of several thousand (mine was 3k)…I think you can make the space beautiful so I would vote to stick with it!
Post # 7
I agree with trailmix- if you splurged on decor- it would be great…. then again if you have all those other expenses that Ms. Bravo mentioned, it might be worth it to keep looking for your dream locale.
I hope that (kinda) helps!
Post # 8
I’m in the same exact situation only I’m willing to deal with the club where we’re having ours – basic like yours but inexpensive so I’ll deal with the extra work – but mine is in an industrial estate. So sad. I wish I could black out the windows of our out of town guests and only let them see once they’re in the building! The outside is kinda depressing.
I’m just keeping my eye on the prize – my groom – but if I win the lotto there will be a major change in plans!!!
Good luck in making it what you want – it will be totally worth it in the end!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu
From the picture it looks fine…I’m a firm believer in ‘any venue can be fancy’, some just require a little more work and creativity than others. Heck, my at-home reception is in a gym, so I have my work cut out for me… For the low price that you’re getting, think of it like a challenge and go all out on the decorating (if you have time)!
Post # 10
I certainly agree with the other bloggers,
the place ISNT ugly, its just a little plane
and you can definetly turn plane into WONDERFUL.
Just be creative with your decoration and now you
have extra money for your decorations.
Here’s some ideas!
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Post # 12
I don’t think it’s so bad! It looks like a very nice blank slate for you to decorate as you please! With colored centerpieces and napkins, the tables will pop. You can use plants or lights or lanterns (paper) to decorate, too! I think you have a great space to get creative with! 🙂
Post # 13
It is not a bad looking venue! I think you can make it look like you want with the help from tablecloths and beautiful centerpieces. I am not that fond of my reception location either. Fiance picked it since I picked the ceremony location. I was given some great advice. It is not about the whole venue, it is about the tables and chairs. Those are the main things people are going to be looking at so you can make them shine! For the price you paid, I would totally snatch it up 🙂 Let me know how things turn out!
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I’m far from enthused about my venue too. I’m dealing with it by putting the focus all on the table (we’re doing one long banquet table). I can’t help it that the entrance has wacky carpeting, but I can control what the table looks like. Do what you can to draw the eye down. It’ll look great.
Here’s my bleh venue: http://diorablewedding.blogspot.com/2009/10/reception-venue.html