- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Help us pick- and give me your reason why!
They will be pretty much equal in cost & we had a “good feeling” at both places.
We’re hoping for a full weekend of outdoor fun. About 50 of our guests are friends (who, for the most part, are totally okay with “rustic”), probably 30 people (at least) won’t stay over, and the other 30 are family that would probably prefer “nicer” places to stay
Venue 1: A family vacation spot. Has twenty cabins on a lake. The cabins have a variety of bedroom/bed layouts, ranging from just a queen bed to a cabin that sleeps nearly 10 people. We have 120 people coming, this place sleeps about 90, but there are inns nearby for people who won’t be drinking as much (and its close enough to several of our groups of people that some won’t stay at all). Some of the cabins have kitchenettes. We would put a tent up for the dinner/dancing, and would also rent a small tent and a commercial oven for our caterer (who is primarily grilling). The Inn that is on the property would serve breakfast to people, and possibly dinner on Friday night for those who aren’t coming to the rehearsal dinner.
Pros: Cabins are fantastic for guests (250.00 / cabin for the whole weekend, regardless of the number of people). Has a family history to it.
Cons: I’m terrified it will rain. There is not backup location for the ceremony or the wedding, so it would all be crammed under the tent if it rained. I’m worried that if it rained before the wedding, the ground would be a soupy mess.
Venue 2: A summer camp. More private than venue one, and less “venue oversight.” Has a great, huge indoor space for dinner/dancing (with garage-door style doors that we can open for air if its nice), with a commercial kitchen and screened in porch. Also has an indoor space that could be used for the ceremony if it was raining. Has a lodge that sleeps about 30 people with bedding & private bathrooms, but all twin beds. Then there are 20 cabins that can sleep another 80 people, but these cabins are rustic, summer camp style, and people would have to bring their own bedding for the twin bunkbeds. Plus, they don’t have bathrooms: the bathhouse is a short walk away (has hot water & everything though).
Pro: Nice indoor spaces so no worries if it rains, private and flexible.
Cons: Guest accomodations are less than ideal (they don’t bother me as much, but my partner really hates them).We would need to provide food for breakfasts (at least) because there is no staff around to cook at all (people could head into one of the nearby towns for Friday night dinner, though)