(Closed) The more expensive venue aka the road less traveled? kinda lenghty.

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which option would you choose?
    Nice venue with possibly crap catering and stay within budget? : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Nice venue with wonderful catering, but will have to downsize everything else to stay withn budget? : (25 votes)
    83 %
    Postpone my wedding :( ? : (2 votes)
    7 %
    Other...explain below. : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Do you actually have anything booked yet? Without a venue secured, I said postpone because at this point it’s not even postponing (you have to have a firm date to be able to postpone). But it would also depend on finances and how fast you can save the extra $3k. If it’s only going to take you a few months then I think it’s worth it to have the wedding you want. If it’ll take a year, maybe not so much.


    Post # 4
    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    For me, the two most important things for wedding planning are keeping to the budget, and great food… so I really don’t know what I would do in this situation.

    What are the things you can feasibly downsize if you go with the second venue, and how much can you realistically save by downsizing those things? Is it possible to have a slightly smaller/less expensive catering package through the caterer you like? Something that will save you a bit of money per person but would still provide most of what you want to provide (ie, maybe cutting one appetizer or something).  It seems like you’ll be really, really disappointed if you go back to the first venue, so I think I would try as much as possible to find a way to make the second option work.

    Post # 5
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For me, the food was one of te biggest things that I wanted to be perfect. So in this situation I would go for the second option. There are many places you can trim 3k! you could do your own flowers, get very simple invites, skip favors, etc! Lots of ways to cut budget. This way you can have the catering of your dreams! 

    Post # 6
    4675 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Could you find someone who has used the MSU venue?  Search on weddingwire and other rating type sites and see if you can get a recomendation on the food.  For me, if my venue is charging that much for food, it better be amazing!  

    Post # 7
    3052 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @Boston Bee:  +1

    It depends on if you have a set date yet & how quickly you can save up the extra money. It doesn’t sound like you would be happy ging back to the first venue so I really think you should rule that out. I don’t know if you exhausted your venue search either, maybe you can find a venue that you like that provides a bit more & helps you stay in your budget.

    If you have chosen a date, I say choose the one you love & cut somewhere else. There are a lot of other areas to cut & even just cutting a little from everything should bring you much closer to your budget

    Post # 8
    6256 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Why did MSU’s prices go up? Was it just because you said the “w” word, or was it acorss the board for everyone? Did you ask them why you were given a catalog with out-of-date pricing info, and why they are distributing that if they aren’t willing to hnoor those prices?

    If this happened to me, I’d be pretty angry. In fact, I am angry for you!

    Post # 9
    3115 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    @MrsAgainstTheGrain:  I think the food is really important ESPECIALLY if you won’t be having booze. Campus catering sounds really kind of terrible to me to be honest. Please stick with the nicer place!

    Post # 11
    404 posts
    Helper bee

    I think you’d really regret going with the potentially bad food. What if you pay the $85pp and it’s like canteen food. Also, no tasting is just super lame. The more hours? That also sounds like a load of sh*t to me…

    I say go for what your hearts set on, it’s a day you’ll look back on forever, and if you need to, calm the shopping until october, it’s not that long! =)

    Post # 12
    6238 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    i agree with the PP- if there’s no alcohol, I probably would be bummed for campus catering. Are those your only two options? Did you look into any restaurant options in the area? I know there are a lot right by you

    Post # 13
    9544 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It obviously sounds like you really like the second venue and catering, but it only works if you can find other places to cut. And it sounds like you tried that and weren’t able to cut enough. So I’m not sure. I guess if you can find enough places to cut then go to the second option, but I would probably stay with MSU since it sounds both cheaper and easier (since they have so much already provided it’s less for you to organize). I have actually had some really great meals though campus catering (different universities) so that doesn’t really put me off.

    Also, have you thought about doing 2 hours and then having an after party at a local pub? That would save you tons!!!

    Post # 14
    3052 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @MrsAgainstTheGrain:  If you could save up 15k and still make your wedding date, I def think you can do the 3k difference to get the venue you love. Even if your Fiance doesn’t want to cut back, YOU still can (cut back, not give up shopping!) and probably save up enough to make the difference minimal or gone completely. I would definitely go with the one you like then! I really don’t plan on choosing a caterer that I won’t allow a tasting. Your paying a ridiculous amount for food, you should at least be able to taste it!

    Post # 15
    8575 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Have you tried looking around for other places, or are you set on the 2 you chose? I only ask because I was in a similiar situation.

    I had found a GREAT venue, I loved it. It was $2,000 to rent, but to cater 60 people was going to cost $4000! Yowzas! I have since found a more barn-themed [it’s a pavailion but looks like a barn on the inside, brick building outside] that rents for $350 and I can cater in any food of my choice [we are doing fazoli’s that will be maximum $1200]. We’re saving a TON of money and I actually like the new venue better. I don’t have to decorate it as much, nor do we need to rent $2,000 worth in tents!

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