Post # 1
Hey Bees! I need some advice about two venue locations!
#1 : Historic House –
This venue my finace and I were so shocked when we took the tour. We instantly fell in love with the space. I could picture us getting married there. It had all the charm, and exactly what I wanted on my checklist. Only problem is the down payment is for the venue only and a DOC. No tables, chairs , or cater. The venue is beautiful in that it doesn’t need much decor. But after shopping around for caterers, we were disheartend by the overwhelming cost. The total price is 5 grand more than I wanted to spend on a wedding, but my finace and I budgeted and it is possible.
# 2 : Country club
We checked this place out because it is an all inclusive package. We never considered ourselves ballroom people but were surprised about how beautiful the space actually was. You also have the option of getting married outside and that is on my checklist. The package includes everything, cater, floral, DOC, DJ and photographer. I wouldn’t have to really do anything! Which is a plus since I will be in school during the wedding planning. My dislike is it isn’t as wow factor and the photos weren’t be as stunning. And like I said I’m not the biggest ballroom fan. Price is 2 grand over our budget, but for all inclusive I don’t think it is that bad.
Sorry for the long post! What do you bee’s think I shoud do 🙁
Post # 2
#2 sounds like the best, least stressful option in your situation. Although it is not 100% your dream, it will still be an absolutely gorgeous and wonderful day!
Don’t underestimate the huge advantage of less stress when planning your wedding!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course
Honestly based on my experience of dealing with separate vendors with our first plan to switching to an all-inclusive venue I’d pick the all-inclusive. All we have to do is show up. Since it sounds like you’ll be over budget either way I also think being a cheaper option is a plus and having a DJ, photographer and florals included is pretty amazing. Unless the food is awful. Food is high on our priority list.
Post # 4
I voted for the Country Club. But both are over your budget. I would maybe re-evaluate my budget, or keep looking for somewhere cheaper. I’m not engaged, but when planning other things like vacations I set a realistic budget and stick to it. I would be really upset going over budget, even by just a few hundred dollars. Good luck!
Post # 5
I voted for the Historic House.
I actually don’t think that all-inclusive is that great especially when it comes to photographer and DJ. We considered a venue that had all exclusive and then I read reviews that the DJ wasn’t that great. And a photographer is definitely something you need to pick yourself.
We got married in a historic house and we decided not to have any flowers and use minimal decorations as the venue spoke for itself and our guests thought it was beautiful.
However, perhaps if it is over budget have a look at a few other options as well..
Post # 6
Thank you everyone for the advice. Sadly we live in an expensive area were weddings are costly unless you do it at a local park lol. We are so venue searching out! So we aren’t worried about the budget being a bit over 🙂
Post # 7
I can understand the appeal of the historic home but, honestly, $5,000 over budget (that you know of, things will probably end up being even more over budget when all is said and done) isn’t a great plan to start your married life. Plus you wouldn’t have a DOC and you would have to do a lot more work which doesn’t fit with how busy you are likely going to be elsewhere in your life.
I’d say go with the more economically wise and easier option. You’ll be a much less stressed out bride on the day of your wedding.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2018 - Anthem Golf & Country Club
I chose the country club as well, because I am doing an all inclusive at a country club, and it has been a life saver. I was in school for a portion of my wedding planning as well… I’m now out of school with 7 months left, but I would be pulling my hair out if it weren’t for the fact that it’s all inclusive!
Is there any chance you could get engagement photos done at this historic house (if you haven’t done them already)?
Post # 9
I had a similar struggle! We ended up booking a country club (I definitely saw myself in more of a unique, historic/estate venue). In part because it is a lot closer to our ceremony site but also it was so much more affordable. We almost went with an art gallery with an outdoor tent which had the same set up- we would have had to rent everything.
Basically the money we save will pay for our whole European honeymoon and we will not have to dip into our house savings money we already had. It still gives me a little twinge of regret going with the basic country club but we’re paying for most of it ourselves and paying all that extra money (and stress) is not worth it for 5 hours. As much as I would like to “wow” our guests, it is still a lovely venue and everyone will have just as much fun. And also you can take awesome photos somewhere on the country club propery I am sure!!!
ALSO being in school.. it will be so nice to not have to worry about finding all your vendors and coordinating everything! (I pick country club)
Post # 10
I vote for the country club. I also had a similar struggle. I was set on a beautiful waterfront venue where we vacation that had so much charm and personality. However, you pay a lot more for that charm and personality! When it came down to it, we decided to go with a country club that honestly is not my dream venue, but makes me feel a lot better financially. It’s important to keep in mind that this is one day. Even though our venue is not my dream or what I ever expected, I know it will be beautiful and we will have a blast.
In terms of having to bring everything into a venue, I don’t think that’s worth the headache. I was recently in a wedding where the bride and groom had to do this and it caused them to be way over stressed and wayyyy over budget. I’m not really sure how I feel about the DJ and photographer being part of the the all-inclusive, but I think overall it will be smoother for you.
Post # 11
Will you regret not choosing your dream venue or do you think you’ll be happy with a ballroom wedding? Both are over budget so it’s just a matter of how much you want to go over it & how important the venue is. If I could swing it, id go with my dream venue. But I enjoy the planning & the precision given to every little detail. If that’s not you, then choose the AI for $3000 less
Post # 12
I think you should first re-evaluate your wedding budget, and make one that is more realistic.
Post # 13
I’m all about convenience, and the all-inclusive is going so much easier! BUT make sure that you actually really like all the things that are included like the DJ, florist and photographer. If they’re all only ‘meh’ then you should go with option 1 and take on the extra work for something you love at the end.