- Statutory Grape
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: February 2014
Maid/Matron of Honor emailed me today and mentioned that, since we’re on a tight budget, the local Masonic Temple might be a good route to go for the ceremony and reception. So…here are pros and cons for each (FH and I really don’t care at this point where it happens, as long as we get married and can have a reception).
DeSoto House (our current venue)
– $500 room fee includes linens, set-up, and clean-up
– Beautiful room, nice ambience
– Good location with convenient parking
– We can block rooms for FH’s family here and get our room in the venue as well
-Waived the cake cutting fee and will probably be willing to work with us on other food-related matters as well, since it’s the off season
-Venue has a 6-CD changer that’s ideal for the dancing and whatnot
– Abraham Lincoln stayed there–HOW COOL IS THAT. Seriously. (Lol)
– Won’t allow us to do independent catering; all food, sans the cake, MUST be purchased from the hotel.
– Even the apps can get pricey, and plated meals would cost us around $2k for even the least expensive ones.
– The room is rather small; event coordinator claims it can hold 120 seated, but the actual aisle would be incredibly short, and I’d like a bit of a longer walk
– There are several large support columns in the room, which could be awkward to navigate for seating, dancing, etc.
– The entire venue is decorated in the same shade as the stone in my e-ring. Pretty, but a little much since I’m wearing a colored dress (and so are the maids).
– Probably far less expensive to rent the hall, since it’s basically a non-profit organization that hosts community events
– Like the DeSoto, it’s also got tons of history- If my aunt can convince Grandma to come to our wedding, it’s more convenient since it’s in our city instead of across the river
– They’ll allow outside catering (obviously) which will be less expensive (if we go through a grocery store) than the other venue–and we can probably afford full plated meals then, too
– Room is (I’m guessing, from the sheer size of the building and the fact that they host big community events there) likely way bigger than the hotel’s ballroom; I’d be able to have an actual “walk down the aisle” here (superficial and silly, I know, but it’s important to me)
– More room for dancing and mingling. Most of the floors are wooden, so no issues with carpeting.
– Would have to set and clean everything up ourselves–could be a hassle
– Would have to pay to rent or buy linens; not sure if glassware, plates, etc. are included with venue price
– Have not actually seen the inside of the venue yet (we’ll be remedying this tomorrow)
I honestly can’t think of any more cons for the second venue…financially, it SOUNDS like a better choice, but we’ll have to see it before we decide and see what they want to rent the room. (We do get our deposit from the first venue back, so no worries there.)
I guess the deciding factor comes in whether we’re willing to do most of the work ourselves…we’re not planning anything crazy-lavish for decorations, so I’m guessing setup and teardown wouldn’t be such a big deal. Still…a hassle to consider.
Also, I looked at some basic catering from a local grocery store, and we can afford WAY more food if we go this route: we can get enough mini-sandwiches (which are a decent size, actually, a little bigger than the average cocktail size), enough rotella to feed 96 (again, assuming between 3 and 5 pieces a person), and 30 freaking pounds of assorted veggies and dip. All this would run about $377. Plus, we could even add in a DIY pita and dip tray for our vegetarian/vegan friends as well.
So…venue 1, or venue 2?