- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2016 - Bridgewater Place
I have always known that I’m indecisive…but apparently wedding choices just amplify my indecisiveness ten-fold.
Right now I’m trying to decide between 2 different venues. I like them both.
The first is a very modern location right in the heart of down town where I live in Grand Rapids MI. It has a spectacular view of the Grand River and is right near where we want to have our ceremony – on the big blue pedestrian bridge that goes accross the river. The coordinator is awesome, they offer free parking to the guests. We get not only the banquet room but also an attached Atrium that can be used for cocktails. They don’t even have decorating restrictions so if want to put something ont he wall, we can. Mainly, we want to put a photo of each of us as children on the restroom doors to indication the men’s and women’s ( I saw it on Pinterest – of course – and it’s adorable.) The problem is that this venue costs about $1000 to $1500 more than what I was planning to spend. My mom loves it, my fiance loves it, I love it … but just thinking about the cost sends me into panic mode. We would also need to rent or buy chair covers. We are also able to set up the day before. It would be about $7500 for the food, booze, rental plus we would need chair covers.
The second place I’m looking at is a completely different feel. It’s a banquet center but one that JUST opened specifically for weddings. It’s downtown but not RIGHT downtown – it’s in more of an obscure downtown location but I didn’t have a hard time navigating there – and I suck at directions. We would definitely need transportation from the ceremony to the venue. It’s a very nice and classic location with exposed brick walls and ceilings so it’s a banquet center with a bit of a modern flair. It’s very neutral colors so anything would work. They actually have nice chairs so I don’t even think I would need chair covers. There is a parking lot right next to the buidling as well. It’s a perfectly nice place. I like the feel and the “wow” of the fist place but this second location will cost $1000 to $1500 LESS than the first place. It will be between $6,000 and $6,5000.
If the money wasn’t an issue, I’d have signed up for the first place when we were there touring it but as we are paying for the majority of the wedding, the cost is a great concern to me. However, the second place has decorating restrictions so we couldn’t do the pictures on the door – but that’s not worth it to me to spend another $1000. Also, they have restrictions on their bar. It says the bar is for 5 hours and each guest gets 5 drinks which is a combination of alcohol and soda. I asked the coordinator and she said they had to put that into the contract for legal reasons but they don’t count the drinks and they don’t do tickets – basically the bartenders will just cut people off if they think they’ve had too much. However, it’s still in the contract which makes me nervous. Also, we’d have to set up the same day of the ceremony. But with the reduced cost, I may be able to get a day of coordinator which I would like anyways.
They both have the same room rental and the food basically costs the same – the difference is in the bar cost. I do not want a dry reception and I don’t want a cash bar. I’d at least like to provide wine and beer.
In my heart, I love the first location and I feel like I keep trying to find reasons to use it (we can set up hotel shuttles, it’s walking distance from our ceremony – it’s beautiful and exactly us) but at the same time I just can’t bring myself to spend the money. I’m worried that I’ll go over too much and find myself unable to pay for other things.
Ugh, any advice bees? I never would have imagined this would be so hard. I have time to think about but man, it’s hard!