Post # 1
i thought i was making progress in the venue department, until yesterday. my fiance and i are looking to plan a VERY low-budget wedding for about 150 people…hopefully around $10-12,000. we had an original free venue, but it fell through, since they’re going to put the property up for sale.
yesterday, we took a look at see canyon fruit ranch in avila, ca. (look it up…gorgeous place!) it’s $3300 and includes 5 hours of us, bridal suite, tables, chairs, & rehearsal. the only catch is that you have to be out by 7, and we really wanted our wedding to go into the evening (so we can decorate with lots of soft lighting).
my pastor & his wife offered us their backyard, which is a large, usable space, but it would need lots of work. however, we could stay however late we want, and it would be kind of sentimental, since we’re so close to them.
we were allowed to “reserve” see canyon fruit ranch for our date, and i have to let them know by saturday! i don’t know what to do! we’re trying to be budget-conscious, attentive to what we really want, and reasonable for everyone. i’m so torn!
any advice? do i go with the free fixer-upper yard? or go with the beautiful venue for a daytime wedding?
Post # 3
I would go with the backyard! That way your time is unlimited and you can use the extra money to spruce it up 🙂
Post # 4
I say back yard but another thing to look into is does the more expensive venue have rentals? if it does you also need to check and see what would be the price of your rentals…
Post # 5
@michellegeetobe: I say go with the venue. I can be expensive renting everything and can exceed the venue cost. What would be your rain plan?
Post # 6
Check with local rental companies and see how much renting tables, chairs, etc…. will be. Be sure to see how much they charge for delivery, set-up, and pick-up too. Things like that really add up!
Post # 7
@michellegeetobe: I just went thought the a very similar difficult situation – my dream venue which was a blank slate, or a 2nd choice which was more full-service. Like you I booked my dream venue and after a lot of sourcing, getting quotations, spinning my wheels wondering how many/how much servers were going to cost, who was going to clean up the decorations, how many extra forks would I need…it just went on and on and on – I eventually rebooked with the other more full-service venue. When I actually did the spreadsheet with all the costs, the dream venue was actually going to cost more, on top of that, I wanted my guests to enjoy themselves and I didn’t want to rely on anyone to set up my vision or clean it all up at the end of the night (or hire someone, an additional cost that I didn’t want!). My biggest piece of advice, put all your costs on a spreadsheet and see where you stand. There is a lot to be said for not having to worry about all those little details or having to hire additional help.
Post # 8
I’m going with a full service venue and there are still so many little things to organise and be on top of… personally I would not like the stress that would come from having to organise every aspect of the venue too.
If you do end up going with the venue, are there other areas where you could cut back maybe?
Post # 9
Thanks, bees! I thought I was leaning toward the venue (because of the convenience, and overall wow factor), but now we’re torn. The main drawback about the venue is capacity (up to 175…looks like we might be inviting close to 200) and the time restriction.
The venue allows you 5 hours for the entire event (you can set-up as early as 8 that morning). We figure that by the time you factor in ceremony, cocktail hour/photos, etc., dances/toasts, Jon & I would only have a couple hours of dancing/mingling!
What do you think? Would 5 hours seem rushed? It looks like that’s kind of the standard rate for a lot of venues, but how do people do it with the ceremony included?!
Post # 11
I think it depends on what you want to do? Do you love DIY, and have lots of help available, or don’t mind hiring a DOC? Or would it just make it more stressful for you to DIY? What kind of feeling do you want your wedding to have?
Post # 12
If you aren’t busy and have the time, effort, and creativity to work with the free space I say go for it. The free space you can turn into anything your mind comes up with….i love looking at chandaliers hanging from the trees, and lights strung all around, a dance floor in the middle of a garden! There so much you can do and you can do it within budget! if you dont have the time I say go with the 3300 place! Good Luck!