Post # 1
Hello. This is long and potentially trivial, but I’ve asked lots of people in real life and still don’t know what I want to do.
My fiance and I are planning a city wedding with the ceremony in a church and the reception in a hotel ballroom. I know ballrooms aren’t a lot of people’s jam, but we love our city and want to be in the middle of everything, and with our budget it will be beautiful: up-lights, lots of flowers, full band, etc. Both options are great and I am really struggling to choose which one to go with.
Option 1 is more expensive and has less inclusions, but is the nicest hotel in town and is walkable from the church. The biggest plus is this hotel has the option to have the cocktail hour around the outdoor pool, which would be really unique and pretty. However, there is also the potential for the day to be rainy or too cold to be outside, and then the cocktail hour would be moved inside to a spacious but generic foyer.
Option 2 was just rennovated and is beautiful, from the guest rooms to every aspect of the ballroom. Additionally, the package is cheaper and includes *a lot* of extras. The vibe we’ve gotten is that they will really work with us to make this amazing and they have already added on some bonuses, where as the other venue has given very few incentives for booking. The distance from the church is a little bit futher. The ballroom here is bigger and the cocktail hour would be in the area outside of the ballroom, which is very pretty with the new decor, but also not unique or a “wow” factor in any way.
The price difference between the two is considerable. ETA: It’s about $8,000. Any money saved from food and drink costs will go to enhancing the ballroom– bigger florals, chivari chairs, lounge furniture in one corner, etc., so that money could do a lot to really transform the room.
I know having two great venues to choose from is a good problem to have, but I would appreciate any opinions or insight anyone else can provide.
Post # 2
Id probably go for the cheaper + more inclusions. How far away from the church is it? If its renoed it still sounds pretty nice? Plus your guest experience sounds like it would be better here too.
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I’d go with the team I thought I could work with best. I’ve run events for 500+ people, and we had an absolute nightmare in the venue that felt like they didn’t want us there; the person who took the booking had left.
Post # 4
jellybellynelly : Venue 1 is walkable (.4 miles), venue 2 would be a long walk for ladies in heels (.9 miles). For people driving this isn’t a concern, but for our drinkers who are ubering, they would have to get an Uber from the church to the reception. We looked into renting shuttles, but we would have to pay for 4 hours for shuttles that would be used for maybe 20 minutes.
Post # 5
If you don’t have a gap but do a cocktail hour, I dont think an uber is that bad.
Are all your guests local? Some might choose to stay in the hotel and drive to/from the church back to the hotel anyways.
Post # 6
I’d go with option #2, just from the way you described them it sounds like you like that one more. You said they seem more willing to work with you, and the savings will really come in handy when you get closer and the budget seems tight.
Post # 7
Option 2 for sure! People can carpool or walk or grab a cheap Uber.
Post # 8
Is there free parking at both venues, and at the church? If so, a lot of people might drive to either venue (half mile is kinda long to walk in heels, or for older folks).
Post # 9
Option #2 sounds more like they are willing to do what it takes to make your wedding fantastic. If you are located in a place where Uber is available, I don’t think the transportation factor is an issue.
Post # 11
bear123 : sounds like venue 2 is offering u the best deal but ur heart is set on venue 1. There are several other factors that come into play:
1. What is ur budget
2. How much is venue 1 and what all are included
3. How much is venue 2 and what all are included
4. May be I don’t know but why would u need to pay for 4 hrs for shuttle. How much will it cost for shuttle?
5.which venue does ur fiancé prefer?
6. Do u know if tax+ gratuity are included in the fees or not? And do u know if both quoted price for before or after so that we know we are comparing apples to apples.
Post # 13
bear123 : Have you tried the food at both places?