Post # 1
Having such a hard time finding a venue that doesn’t cost a lot of money but is exactly what my fiance and I want. So far we are between two different places (there is a 3rd place I really like, but my fiance has a bad feeling about it, so I won’t include it here for that and argument’s sake)
1. St. Pete Woman’s Club
Pros – Very affordable ($1300 + tax for all day rental), very flexible with vendors or do it ourselves (probably alcohol we could also bring in ourselves?), layout, decorations.
Cons – Outside Ceremony is not how I want (I want a garden and a big gorgeous tree, they have a tree I could get married under, but it’s not as nice as the other venue’s tree), parking might be an issue
2. Sunken Gardens
Pros – Beautiful Garden, guests can walk through and enjoy the beautiful garden, big gorgeous tree to get married under, I would have no regrets (other than regarding money) getting married here.
Cons – A little Pricey ($2250, I don’t know the amount of time….), required to use a caterer on their list of preferred caterers (anything else is up to us!).
I’ve pretty much looked at EVERYTHING around my area. I want a outside garden ceremony with a tree, and an indoor reception, and it’s so hard to find!!!! It shouldn’t be cuz I live in Florida where there are trees everywhere!
Is it better to save money or splurge to get what I want considering this is supposed to be a once in a lifetime event?
Post # 3
It may seem prudent to compromise and go for the cheaper venue, but personally, I’d splurge. This is a once-in-your-life event that you’ve probably been dreaming of for a long time. I don’t mean to give bad financial advice and I don’t know what your budget or financial situation is, but if there’s any way to swing that extra grand – I think in the long run it would be totally worth it! Your wedding isn’t for another year, so if you save about $100 a month (that’s only $25 a week – skip some lattes, do your own nails, whatever) you’ll have that extra 1k. One thing to consider though, are you happy with the choice of vendors they provide? Other than that, I say go for it! Years from now I’d personally be more likely to regret not getting married at my perfect venue than saving $100/month.
Post # 4
I think if you can make the more expensive venue fit your budget you should use that.
Post # 5
Is the venue a priority for you? History and architecture are important to Darling Husband and I so the venues were our #1 priority. If music, food, or other things are more important, they can happen anywhere so you should get the cheaper option. If venue is a big deal to you, the more expensive venue is totally worth it.
Post # 6
I’d go with the first one. It’s a lot cheaper and you’ll save a ton if you can bring your own liquor. And it sounds like it has everything you want, just not the absolute best. Nobody will be sitting at your wedding thinking, gee this would be so much nicer if she had a prettier tree…
Post # 7
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Which one has the better back-up/rain plan?
Post # 8
You need to have all the information before you decide. What would you need to rent for the $1300 space? How much would that cost? What would be the total cost of renting the space in the end? Then do the same thing for the other venue.
Those are both cheap compared to places I looked at in New Husband, by the way — one was $1000 an hour with a minimum four hour rental time…! JUST FOR THE SPACE.
Post # 9
Depends on how much difference the caterer is and the alcohol situation. Just the rental fee diff of about 1k doesn’t sound that bad. If that’s the only diff, or even up to 5k diff, I think it’s worth the splurge. Anymore than that, and I’d have to really think about it.
Post # 10
after the wedding i realised how glad i was to have spent and got what i wanted. its not worth it! get what u want
Post # 11
It depends on your budget! If you’re a 5k bride, I’d go the cheaper one. If you’re a 15k+ bride, I would splurge!
Post # 12
Thanks for y’alls advice! Either venue is doable with my budget. I just have debt I want to really pay off, $1000 extra would only set me a month behind I suppose. and i have the rest of my life to make up $1K. maybe i can see if I can bring down the catering some.
Post # 13
If you love it and it is your dream venue, I say splurge. The gardens sound gorgeous 🙂 You might regret it if you don’t
Post # 14
If it’s in your budget, go with the one you love.