Post # 1
Hello Bees!! You guys are so full of amazing advice and insights 🙂
FH and I are trying to pick between two venues:
1) A grand, elegant ballroom with crystal chandeliers, with a marble-laden foyer for the ceremony. This one is below budget but does not have any grounds or gardens for photos. FH likes the bonhomie nature of the guy running it but he’s a little too slick for my liking.
2) A historic small chapel in beautiful gardens near a modest hall with floor to ceiling windows. This one is within budget but its more expensive that 1). The people running this location are polite and professional and very helpful. I am an organizer so I like this much better.
The thing is, I LOVE the second, but its pricier and I think its more my style than FH, but I have just never pictured myself in a fancy ballroom wedding, I like history and vintage charm. That being said, we are on a budget and paying for everything ourselves. Do I save the money, and get married in the first place, which is still very beautiful, and spend the saved money on crafting a wedding vibe that is more in our style? We’d also need to pay for photos to be taken in a different place. Or do I pay a little more for the vibe I love, an all-in-one location and find other parts of the wedding to cut/scrimp?
Post # 2
Do either of them have a lot of online reviews, etc? I just cancelled on a venue and rescheduled with another. The new venue I loved from the start but originally thought would be too expensive, so I settled with the other.
After finding some negative reviews on the first venue including some that were written in the last week, I decided I couldn’t risk it and that it was my sign to get out before the next down payment was due. So here I am, booking with the place I thought was beautiful and perfect all along.
From my experience far..I saw just do got with what your gut is telling you. Don’t settle! : )
Post # 3
go for the all-in-one with the venue owners/coordinators that you can trust to be professional and handle everything. the less you have to worry about, the less stressed you’ll be, and it will be well worth the cost.
Post # 4
Is the price difference quite large? If it’s smaller, then I don’t see an issue. You can easily buy less flowers or less expensive ones, do a buffet instead of plated, etc. If it’s a large difference and you’d actually be cutting things out or really cutting the quality then I think the cheaper one might win out.
I will tell you, we went with a beautiful venue that will probably end up costing a bit more, because it doesn’t include food (other places we looked at had attached restaurants so would do the dinner there), so we now have to get a caterer, rent dishes, etc. But it was beautiful, and pretty much the only thing that my Fiance wanted lol.
Post # 5
It’s a 12% difference .. does that help? lol. I’m a pretty good saver, I think I could even the field pretty quickly .. thanks for the advice!
Good luck with your hunt for a caterer!
Post # 6
They’re pretty equal as reviews go. There were some negative reviews with the place I want but they seemed to be from 2 brides that didn’t know what to ask early on – surprised by the light/sound/AV fee for the chapel which is an old building so the fee is very understandable to me!
Glad you followed your heart on this one! Helped me a lot thanks 🙂
Post # 7
I think thats my dilemma – what will be the worse stress: feeling guilty that I spent a lil more money? or feeling stressed that i have to work a lil harder and that I kinda settled? I think you’re right though, the money difference probably accounts for that peace of mind! thanks:)