(Closed) Venue debate

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 2
9520 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Are there any other options. The first venue sounds great but also sounds like it will cause extra stress with the rest of your budget.

Post # 4
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My Fiance and I chose something on the lower end of our budget because we didn’t want to be stressed out about money (or as little as possible). We know we won’t be able to make up the difference if we go drastically over our budget so we decided that our priority was staying in budget. We kept looking until we found a place we do love in our price range. I wouldn’t necessarily settle on a venue but I personally wouldn’t blow my entire budget on it either. 

Post # 5
2044 posts
Buzzing bee

 Pics / links! 

Can you do the wedding on Friday for less at the fancy venue? 

Post # 6
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I second the friday suggestion, its amazing how much cheaper they can be on a different day! 


Post # 7
3029 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Unfortunately, I think you have to budget for what you can afford. I would stick to the second venue that gives you more money for other costs.

Post # 8
2316 posts
Buzzing bee

the expensive one sounds like it still needs extras to get the wedding you want. The little things add up quickly. I think you should keep looking or go with the less expensive venue. 

Post # 9
3482 posts
Sugar bee

Choose the venue that will allow you to host your guests better, in terms of a better selection/quality of food, comfort, etc.

Post # 10
7559 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

You and your fi can always pay for honeymoon, decor, extras, yourselves. 

Post # 11
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

What does the venue include (food, drinks, DJ..etc.) If it includes a lot of the things you would need to get anyway, then I think it’s a fair deal, but if it doesn’t, you may want to look at other options. 

Post # 12
523 posts
Busy bee

Why don’t you ask his parents if they will happily host the reception – the place you love is within their budget so this should hopefully be ok.

then you and you fi pay for the extras you want – eg flowers cars decoraFiona 

Post # 13
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Fiance and I had a very similar debate about our venue. We ended up going with the more expensive venue because it was the one that would be the best overall experience for us and our guests.  We are going to get creative in other areas and pay for extra things over the original budget our parents gave us.  Overall comfortable experience for our guests is  most important to us so all the extras are just– extra.

Post # 14
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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witpass:  I went through the same thing with my FI!! I have always dreamed of a unique venue space, and we were super close to booking a venue that was in-between. We ended up going with a really nice/new banquet venue because we got an AMAZING deal and it would allow more room in our budget. 

Although it was difficult to give up the dream I initially had, I have absolutely no regrets. Because we saved so much money on the reception venue, we have room for extravagent decor, a great photographer, and we are even considering booking a unique and increible ceremony space! With the unique ceremony space we are still getting something different and jaw-dropping, but also saving money and getting what we want from other areas. 

It all comes down to personal preference, of course, but is wasn’t only the price with our venue, it was the flexibility that made the space attractive. For example, we can close the bar at 2am instead of a strict 1am like most venues and they are open to all ideas. I think it comes down to the entire contract, not just what the space looks like.


Is there a huge price difference between everything?

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 8 months ago by  kat010710.
Post # 15
6516 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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witpass:  you have to make a decision as to whats more important. Blowing all the money on the venue and having to make cuts on the decor and honeymoon? Or going with the 2nd best and not having to worry about cutting the budget on other things?

For me, my honeymoon was the most important part of the wedding (aside from the ceremony). And I made sure to get a deal on everything else because I knew the honeymoon would cost a lot.


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