(Closed) Venue DEALBREAKER.

posted 6 years ago in New Orleans
  • poll: Would this "backup" venue be a dealbreaker for you...
    YES : (48 votes)
    71 %
    No : (20 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    946 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Yes – total deal breaker for me. Does your budget/venue allow a tent in the event it does rain?

    Post # 4
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    That would be a dealbreaker for me because it would be too far away from my vision and I would be too disappointed if the weather didn’t cooperate. In terms of other options, it’s hard to say without knowing your budget and guest list. I had my ceremony and cocktail hour at the Beauregard-Keyes House. There’s a beautiful garden (where most people have their ceremonies), a courtyard and the house itself, which is also lovely. The rain back up is one of the rooms in the house, which looks a lot nicer than the above picture. But the garden can’t fit a huge number of chairs so it’s better for a smaller guest list (I had 75). I had my reception elsewhere, but you can have an indoor/outdoor reception at the house, using the house itself and the courtyard. But there are some restrictions on amplified music and I want to say a 10 pm curfew.

    I had a great experience with them and nothing but positive things to say.

    Post # 5
    Member
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It depends on if the Bourbon Orleans courtyard is your dream venue. I would take the risk if you really really loved it. If not, I would start looking elsewhere

    Post # 6
    Member
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Oh my goodness. I would (seriously) rather have my wedding in a Starbucks than in that room… not like Starbucks would let that happen…. but you get my point.

    Post # 7
    Hostess
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Yes- that is the freaking worst!  Sorry girlie!!

    Post # 8
    Member
    3400 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @sheepandbear:  +1.

    My budget is super super small, but I’d never get married in that room. I’d rather get married in the rain carrying an umbrella.

    Just icky, & I so get your point.

    Post # 9
    Member
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Kat:  Me too!! Our wedding budget is less than 8k…I’m paying too much for my photographer ($2600) to get married in a room like that. The rain and umbrella would make for MUCH better pictures lol but your guests would probably hate you! We are getting married in May (worst weather month for Dallas) inside of a glass enclosed butterfly house so we still get all of the greenery and floral beauty but don’t have to worry about the weather. Maybe its something you could think about if you have a location like that. (And I’m STILL worried about the weather ruining our outdoor photos so I’m looking for an indoor backup for our first look, oh man, I know how you feel!) Good luck on finding a new venue!!!

    Post # 14
    Member
    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Yep total deal-breaker.

    We discounted a few venues due to things like this.

    Post # 16
    Member
    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    @bretonvirgniia:  I paid $2k to rent the BK House for 2 hours. We chose to have a ceremony followed by a cocktail hour there, which is why we wanted it for 2 hours. I read on another message board that they sometimes allow people to rent the house for only 1/2 hour for $500 for people who are just doing a quick ceremony there, but I can’t confirm that.

    If you wanted to do the reception there as well, I believe the additional rental cost is $500 per hour. So $2k for the first 2 hours and then $500 for each additional hour. If you went with that option, I can recommend the caterer that I used for my cocktail hour – Elizabeth Anderson Catering (Jessie DeJoie is the contact). I never saw them mentioned online, but a friend who lives in New Orleans had used them and recommended them. They were great and very reasonably priced, I thought.

    I had my reception at Muriel’s, in one of the two rooms on the second floor. There is no rental cost but a food and bev minimum. The minimum for the smaller of the two rooms is $5500 and the larger is $6500. (But you have to add tax and grat to that.) For that amount, you would be able to have an open bar and plenty of food for your number of guests.

    Another historic house with courtyard option is the Degas House; I never saw it in person but it looks lovely online and my photographer recommended it to me when I was still venue hunting – BUT it’s not in the French Quarter.

    Hope that helps, and good luck!

     

     

     

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