(Closed) Shower…Home vs. Restaurant/Venue

posted 6 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Meggonefishing:  I think you get all the fanciness at a venue but all the comfort at home. I think if you really want to play embarassing shower games and have some girly fun then I would prefer to have it at home.

Maybe if the hotel has a spa you can book yourself and your sister in for some pre wedding treatments. Or perhaps stop there for dinner and drinks if you are planning to have a night on the town kind of bachelorette

Post # 4
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Home, hands down. I’ve thrown my share of venue showers and while they’re nice, you’re limited. They’re generally more expensive since you have to deal with catering, taxes and gratuities. You have to work within their time constraints (like “must be out by 2”) and policies. The showers that I’ve hosted at venues have been great but none of them have even come close to my bridal shower that was held at my aunts house. It was beyond fantastic and everything that I ever could have wanted in a shower. My girls decorated to fit my personality to a T. They catered it themselves with food that I liked and provided their own booze which was MUCH cheaper than it would have been had we gone with a venue. I know that my shower was still VERY expensive but that’s only because my aunt went above and beyond, like renting chiavari chairs, using a professional florist for the dozens of arrangements that we had, having a kick ass cake made, etc. The average at home shower generally wouldn’t be as elaborate but it could still be just as beautiful.

Post # 5
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’ve been to showers at venues- one con is that it will cost more. Hopefully there wouldn’t be a room rental charge, but you’ll have to pay for all the food and alcohol (if you have it at the shower.) With at at-home shower, the hostess can prep in advance. My shower’s today (whoo-hoo!!) in a bar/restaurant’s party room, and the girls are showing up two hours early to set up. They’re letting the girls bring dessert in- not every restaurant will allow that.

Post # 6
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Well, I tend to prefer home parties since it’s cheaper and you have no time constraints.  I like venue showers too…been to a few and they were fun.

For my shower, my bm is asking where I want it… so we have 3 options: at my house (my house is bigger and more party friendly plus more outdoor space and party space).  My Fmil’s church hall or the commnunity hall.  I have to talk to the community organizers and see the space to see if it’s what I want and I need to pick up a request form from the church to request use of their space.  I am leaning more towards the chucrh hall right now (not looking forward to cleanup at my house…the one drawback of hosting parties here).  Plus been to a few events at the church hall and it is really nice and spacious.  We’ll see which works out best.

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