(Closed) Venue Help Needed! I can’t decide between Two. Pics included!

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which Venue Should I Choose?
    Venue 1: Ballroom At The Ben : (61 votes)
    46 %
    Venue 2: Tendenza : (71 votes)
    54 %
  • Post # 3
    14494 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Personally I love both, but they are so different.  What is the style of your wedding, traditional or modern?  That will help.

    Post # 4
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    If it were me, I would go with the first one; although from what you have written, the second one seems more in line with what you and your Fiance are looking for. The second one looks too modern for me, but it includes a lot of things that you and your Fiance are looking for at no additional cost. It might be a little over budget, but you have approximately 1 1/2 years to budget it out.

    To help you with your budget there is a really good wedding budget calculator at weddingchannel.com that is totally modifiable. I also use Quicken to budget (it helps you budget your bills and other future expenses and you can modify it at any time). Just set up your budget and make payments to a separate account or to your vendors and you should be fine.

    Post # 6
    153 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Tough choice! Both venues are gorgeous! But I think I like the second one better because it’s so different and modern.

    Post # 7
    505 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I jsut fell in love with the second one, and I think that if you can stretch your budget, you should go for that one.  Especially if you are looking forward to having your wedding during warmer weather.  Please pic #2 because I really want to see pics of a wedding in that gorgeous space!

    Post # 8
    223 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I think that #1 is beautiful!  My thoughts: 

    You will spend less on #1 for decor/flowers since it is already a beautiful space on its own. RE: March–might be cold outside, but should be fine inside…and pics for outside won’t take THAT long will they?  As for being during Lent…are you worried about the no meat thing?  Because you can just do the wedding on Saturday or Sunday to avoid that problem. As for the cocktail area being dated, guests will only be there for an hour or so…most time will be spent in the ballroom. Plus, at $10 over budget per person thats an additional $2000…which will also then increase the amount for gratuity.

    Option #2 is cool too though (not particularly MY taste) but because it’s a “blank canvas” it gives you a lot of freedom to make your vision come to life. That bar is awesome–I picture a very swanky loft/lounge type of reception there. 


    So I guess it comes down to what type of wedding you want!  Elegant/traditional vs. modern/swank

    Good luck!

    Post # 9
    3762 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I agree you should think about what extra costs might be associated with either one.  Obviously you would have to pay for the linens at location #1 but what else.  You could probably do without paying for guests parking.  You mentioned a raw bar?  How much extra would that cost on location #1?  

    Venue #2 sounds like it fits more of what you want.  I wouldn’t worry about the space issue.  We booked a venue that could hold a max of 180.  We invited about 200 guests and ended up with 150 there.  There were a lot of people but still enough room to walk around etc.  Plus it was kinda nice to have the “excuse” when we didn’t want to invite people and helped the guest list from growing out of control.  


    Post # 10
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    could you have your wedding before ash wednesday to avoid the whole lent issue?

    Just a thought, I liked venue one.

    Post # 11
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think that the two venues are SO different that you and your Fiance really need to decide what kind of look you are going for??

    I have to disagree that the second one would require more decoration. It depends on the look. If it were us we would pick 2 just because 1 is too much for our taste. We have very simple tastes. And in like would decorate 2 simply as well.

    Not to say 1 can not be made into a modern wedding as well. Or modern vintage, etc. But depending on the look you’re going for one or the other would lend itself easier to a specific look.


    I totally feel you on the seven venues in ONE day. The trials and tribulations of having a wedding away from where you live!

    Post # 12
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    While beautiful. venue one looks like every other fancy ballroom wedding venue (snore). Venue two is fresh, modern, and interesting. I’d go with that!

    Post # 13
    16 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I would go with Option 1 because it fits your budget and the other one doesn’t. The first place is beautiful, and you will have a great wedding!

    Post # 14
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I like them both but it totally depends on the style you want. I’d look at all of the cons again and see which ones you can live with and which ones make you a little anxious or bum you out. That should help narrow it down.

    Post # 15
    13 posts
    • Wedding: May 2011

    What ever you decide to do make sure it’s what YOU BOTH want! This is your big day, so it’s up to you, what you want. I like #2 myself, but as long as you’re happy, thats all that counts. Good luck and congrats.

    Post # 16
    2103 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Omg! My Senior Prom was at Ballroom at the Ben! It’s a lovely place, but I understand 100% about the dated cocktail area — it doesn’t look as nice as the bottom floor.

    Maybe you can talk with #2 about breaking down the cost a little more…I’ve heard good things about negotiating prices from WB. If not, Ballroom at the Ben is a lovely place, too.

    Best of luck!

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