(Closed) venue dilemma….free site with lots of potential? or fully loaded?

posted 8 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue should I go with?
    See Canyon Fruit Ranch...$3300, gorgeous scenery, but limited to daytime hours : (7 votes)
    25 %
    free venue in pastor's backyard...lots of potential, but lots of work involved! : (21 votes)
    75 %
  • Post # 3
    1212 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    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
    4653 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    1748 posts
    Bumble bee

    @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
    175 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    637 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @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
    443 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    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 # 10
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would go with FREE.

    Post # 11
    7682 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    62 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    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!

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