(Closed) Venue.. Choices….. What’s your venue and why?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

We started off looking at hiring a marquee and being married from my FH’s parents’ house. Here’s the view from their front garden.

But a marquee alone was coming in at around £5k and we decided to look at other options until we found Fingask Castle, which is just along the road from their house.

It has a permanent marquee, amazing gardens, a bridal suite in the castle and a professional kitchen (plus gorgeous toilets).

Those are all the pictures of my venue that I love and I love that it has all those lovely little crazy things.

I had a good idea of what my dress would be like before I chose the venue but wherever I chose my dress would have been the same.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Nicoley1985: LOVELY!

 

Oh my gosh, all of these pictures are fantastic! It’s like pre-cap photos!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I chose my venue because it was the right price, its all inclusive, it has a ceremony site on location, and did I mention its gorgeous in an understated elegant way, and very cozy- like having a wedding in a private home.

And I’m very glad that I had my venue all set when I bought my dress- I couldn’t imagine wearing a giant ballgown to this venue, and think my dress definitely fits the space:

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow there are some stunning venues on here!  I love Julz’s vineyard.

We are going venue shopping next weekend in Jackson Hole.  Eeee!!!  There are four places that I’d consider, only because they are somewhat affordable. 

One is right in Grand Teton National Park but more of a pavilion with fire pad with a western cookout dinner.  They’ve been in operation 65 years and is a true Wyoming experience I think.  The other three are in uber fancy resorts, but no views (and more expensive).

I’m guessing we’ll go with the pavilion since it has views and is cheaper.  One of our priorities for a wedding is to have WOW views.  Can’t get more WOW than Tetons.  But we’ll visit the others since we’re up there.

Dornan’s in Moose, WY

 (the walls drop down and they provide umbrella heaters if the weather isn’t ideal.)

Summary: affordability and views

Post # 23
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LOGAHN1981:I appreciate you saying you liked it, becuase I was a little self-conscious about the fact that it is a pavilion (this is a Destination Wedding for everyone).  We’ll get a better feel when we’re there next weekend!

Post # 25
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My venue is Southern Oaks Plantation. I grew up here…Ive been going to events at Southern Oaks for forever and I used to think it was a fairytale come true. I have always wanted to get married here…

this website has some of the best pics… 

http://www.southernbride.com/tag/southern-oaks-plantation/

 

 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are getting married aboard a Carnival Cruise ship while it’s in the embarkation port.

 

 

 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m having my ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception at the Island House Hotel on Mackinac Island Michigan! Okay So this is my wedding ceremony venue….Nothing spectacular…

This is my Cocktail Hour

On the left side of the picture there is a veranda and that is where the cocktail hour is taking place. On the right side of the picture is a small porch with big windows behind it. That is our reception. We are renting out a restaurant (most restaurants on Mackinac Island are inside of hotels…it’s not like a banquet type thing like at Howard Johnsons or whatever)

This is the view from the cocktail hour

This is the reception

This is the view from the porch in front of the reception area (that only the wedding gets access too) and the view from the windows. There will be a sweetheart table in front of the windows with the view of the marina behind us.

The ceremony we chose because its in the backyard of the hotel. Its easier than making everyone walk from one place to another (the only transportation is horse and carriage and bicycles only…no cars are allowed). It’s not my favorite spot on the island, but its very private.

The cocktail hour I loved because its close as well, has a roof which is good because if it rains it will not have to be postponed or anything, and it has an awesome view of the ferries, marina, lighthouses, and the lake.

I loved my reception spot the most. I LOVE the chairs. I love the views.I love that there is its own private bar with everything set up and there are booths in the bar, the bar has stools. There is also little booths off to the side that people can get more comfortable and mingle. I love that the dancefloor is its own seperate location in general. I don’t know I just LOVE it!! ๐Ÿ™‚  

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@sienna76:I LOVE the view of the mountains!!!

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ashleyyyg:Tetons!!!

 

Oooh, I visited Mackinac Island as a kid!  What a lovely place for a wedding!

 

How did renting a restaurant compare cost wise to other wedding venue places?  Lower, about the same?

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@sienna76:Well the Grand Hotel is expensive in general. You must use their baker, their florists, their fudge, etc. You have to spend over a certain amount even to have a reception there. Like say the rental fee is $3500 you have to spend over $6000 to have it there using their facilities. Stonecliffe was about the same as the Island House, but it was an outdoor tent with NO fans. Just standing in there checking it out we were beginning to sweat. It was also out of the way and kind of an inconvenience for guests to be so far out of town. Mission Point resort screwed us over big time. They promised us $68 a plate for hors dourves, cocktail hour, soup or salad, sorbet, main course, chocolate covered strawberries, and the cake included in that…we signed the agreement and then find out over 6 months later when we go to the island to see our facility and plan some more (We live in Pennsylvania) we get told they cannot honor our agreement now and they are raising it to $115 a plate. They would not give us a discount since they screwed up and it was their fault. They did nothing, so we left them and got a full refund (which they normally dont do). Then we went to the Island House and fell in love with the facility and the wedding coordinator. We explained the Mission Point story and she was more than accomodating. It’s hard to find a place for a reception that is not in the basement of a hotel. Most places do not have enough space for guests of 80+ like ours. Overall though it was about the same. We are paying $60 a plate for one hour open bar, 3 hors dourves, and the main course meal which comes with bread, vegetables, and potatoes and pop, lemonade, hot/iced tea, and coffee. That’s actually a really good price. It’s about the same everywhere except the Grand and Mission Point. 

 

My Fiance and I used to work on Mackinac Island. I worked there for 2 summers and he worked there for 1. That;s where we met and fell in love. My family is from the island and has been living there for over 200 years, so I used to vacation there a lot as a child and always wanted to get married on the island. It’s my dream wedding. My great great great great grandfather was the keeper of the fort on the island for 40 years and his son, my great great great grandfather was the first lighthouse keeper of the red lighthouse, round island. 

Post # 31
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@ashleyyyg We are venue twins!  Our wedding is June 16!  Love the Island House and had a very similar story with Mission Point, very sad that such a nice resort on the island has such bad customer service.  

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