(Closed) Private Estate or Hotel Venue? What’s Cheaper?

posted 8 years ago in California – Northern California
  • poll: What is cheaper?
    Host a wedding/ venue at private residence (for a fee) but pick our own vendors/ food/ alcohol? : (6 votes)
    75 %
    Host a wedding at Hotel/ Restaurant for more $$ a person but limited to their vendors? : (2 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    414 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    it depends on the venue you rent as a private residence –

    if i’m a guest flying out of town, i would much rather attend a nice/fancy wedding instead of a random poor quality house to celebrate someone’s marriage… not trying to sound like a snob.

    There are venues like Ralston Mansion that is very nice and grand, or various country clubs that are worht considering for a cozy feel.

    otherwise, hotel is a safer/easier bet – they will take care of most things for you so you dont have to worry about coordinating meals or dessert with different venders. 


    Post # 4
    606 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think a private residence will definitely be cheaper, but it will also be a lot more stressful because you will have to coordinate EVERYTHING, and rental fees are not cheap so at the end of the day the savings might be smaller than you think and it might not be worth the extra stress.  

    Also, having friends that are chefs cater the entire wedding is asking a lot, and it might not work out as well as you hope, so it may be easier to have an outside cateror regardless (especially since they would then be responsible for clean up).  i went to a wedding at a private residence that was beautiful and they catered it themselves, but they had a buffet and people ate more than expected so they ran out of a lot of the main food before my table had a chance to eat.  i also heard the wedding party spent a good amount of the next day cleaning up, which isn’t something I would want to do the day after a wedding!  Just things to think about 🙂

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