Post # 1
Before I started planning, I saw posts from bees that were so relieved that they found a venue and I thought, why would they be excited that the fun part is over? And then I started searching and searching and finally understood!
A part of me wanted an outdoor/tent/nature wedding, but we were a little nervous about that idea, primarily because there was a torrential downpour at my sister’s backyard wedding. We finally found the perfect venue in our price range! The only downside is that it is a little far out (an hour from my family’s side of town and 30 mins from my fiance’s family), but it is exactly what we want. We looked at it yesterday and loved it.
We will have an outdoor (covered) wedding ceremony with a rustic-yet-charming clubhouse reception.
We haven’t booked it yet, because we are still deciding on a date (our preferred date was booked), but we are so glad that the search is over!
At our tour, she mentioned that they have a new chef starting Monday. She said they used to do free tastings and also have monthly wine dinners as a way to sample, but that she isn’t sure if the new chef will continue this practice. We would like to try the food before booking it, but also want to nail down a date while they are open. They have booked up all Saturdays in April, but are currently open in May and June. We are decideing between May 4 and May 18. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
I voted to wait, because you have 1 year until the wedding, so unless almost all of the days are booked its better to wait and know about the food. Unless they have a very small deposit that you would be willing to throw away (if the food is terrible) for peace of mind in the mean time.
Post # 4
If it is a popular venue, book it now! Otherwise, definitely, wait!
Post # 5
Book as soon as you know it’s for you. No need to lose out on the date you want! We booked our venue 17 months before the wedding to secure the date. Popular places go quickly!!!
Post # 6
Why don’t you contact the tour lady and let her know that food is a deciding factor for you, and request a tasting with the new chef? That way, she will know you mean business and perhaps make an arrangement for you right away. You could even tell her a date and use the time it takes for a contract to be prepared/signed/returned to work in a tasting before you sign. That way, you have a little wiggle room and if it is good food you’re set, and if it isn’t, you don’t have to sign the contract after all.
Otherwise, I would go by the reputation of this place. How long have they been in business? Do you think they’d risk an okay chef or are they top notch in the past and want to continue that reputation?
Post # 7
Thank you all for the input.
@Cornflakegirl: That’s a good idea! They are definitely more known as a golf club than a wedding venue. All the reviews online were positive, but I could only find 2 on one site and 3 on another. I’m glad it’s a well kept secret because it is unique and reasonably priced, but it does make me a little nervous, especially with a new chef. I will follow up with my contact and see if I can hold a date and start the contract process, but sign it and put the $1,000 deposit after the tasting.
I’m also curious about the chairs. I really like the wooden ones because they look great even without chair covers, but there are only 32 so we may use them for the head table or just not use them at all. They offer chair covers for $6/chair, but said that they allow other vendors and recommended one that will deliver for free and only charges $3.25/chair if we put them on ourselves. I’m sure it’s a personal preference and depends on budget, but based on these pictures, what do you think? Would chair covers look out of place? Does it look okay without them?