Post # 1
My fiance and I have been looking at wedding venues. I’m confused and came here to get some insight from you.
We want to get married either in April because my brother and his fam are coming from abroad at that time and that’d be convenient. The second option could be on July, when there’s uni break (I’m a teacher) and it’s less likely to have rain shower.
1. Dream environment but inexperienced. For April,2019.
There was this new place in forest but it’s also in the middle of the city; however, it’s still under construction. I fell in love without a doubt! The wedding venue looks like a huge tent and looking outside the view is phenomenal. Other than that, there’s absolutely nothing finished there yet. The owner promises to finish it in a 3 months. I wonder what if they won’t? Or they’re so inexperienced in weddings that they’ll screw up…
Would you take the risk?
2. Well established place, garden wedding, historical feel. Too expensive. July, 2019
This place is also veery lovely. I’ll just sit back and watch my wedding being set up for me. The view is amazing, I live in a UNESCO protected city, so there’s this huge historical mansion for the bride and huge garden with lots of space playground for the kids etc. It’s just very expensive.
3. Nice garden wedding, mediocre professionalism but a warm welcoming feel. July, 2019
So this last place is a huge garden again, they have various attractions, you know like wishing well, swings, lots of fruit trees. It’s like having a picnic. Choosing this one would be convenient because it’s super budget friendly and overall not even very different than the 2nd one.
Post # 2
Write off the one that’s too expensive. If it’s out of budget, that’s a lot of pressure. I went for April because it sounds from your post that your brother might not come if it’s in July (correct me of I’m wrong) and the vibe seems good. Get insurance!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t take the risk. NO way. Our location hadn’t done a lot of weddings but it was a well-established restaurant and they were brilliant. But a location that isn’t even finished??? Anything could happen. They could run out of money or building material, there could be a strike or a spot of really bad weather.
I’d go with option 3.
Post # 4
ladyartichoke : Hey there, thanks for commenting. My brother will come again if we move the date forward. I’m actually headed to that place right now to talk more in depth. Will update soon.
woahthisjustgotreal2018 : Yea, I’m like am I crazy even to consider a place like that just because it’s potentially beautiful! I guess I am. 😀
Post # 5
I would say number 1 were it not for the fact that you’d be hanging onto a promise that it would be done a month before your wedding was going to take place. (I picked April so your brother can attend). If it was 6 months before, fine, but not 1 month. So I think option 3 is the best choice under the circumstances.
Post # 6
1 and 2 are realistic options if 1 won’t be ready on time (never, ever trust a construction project to deliver on schedule and I wouldn’t want to be the first wedding held there where the venue is working out their “kinks”) and 2 is too expensive.
So 3 it is, and 3 sounds lovely.
Post # 7
Definitely 3. 2 is out of budget, and there is no way I would trust 1 to be done in time. Our wedding venue and another super popular venue in our area were both doing renovations last summer with promises to be done by June 1st. Both of them ran over time and they had to move their early summer weddings to other locations. And these were places with tons of experience.. don’t risk it!
Post # 8
I would go for number three or search for an entirely different venue in April.
Number 2 is out of your budget. It should never be under consideration in the first place.
And it isn’t even that number one is inexperienced, because you can hire staff who have experience from other venues and maybe new to that venue but not new to the industry. However, the fact that it is still under construction is the part that steers me away from it. I have enough friends and family members who have started businesses and gone through construction remodels for them, to know that construction projects get delayed all the time. Whether it’s because of weather or for permits or back orders of materials that you need or for budget reasons. Unless it is 99% completed already, I wouldn’t trust anyone telling me a construction project is going to be completed for certain by a specific date. Especially not a specific date that is coming up so soon. And there are other permits that are involved as well usually in the running of a business, and those don’t necessarily get granted in a timely manner. For example things with food service usually require some sort of health inspection, and places that have alcohol usually have to get their liquor license. Anything that requires government intervention or approval, can never be promised by a specific date.
Post # 9
Would you be able to do the wedding at #1 but in July? It’d be possibly much more in order by then.
Post # 10
Sorry Bee – I pressed the wrong button on the poll.. meant to press option 3..
Another vote for 3 for me.. play it safe (experience-wise) and within budget..
Post # 11
Hi all! I’m gonna give a quick update.
We went there to see the place in 1 again. It’s almost completely finished actually, only the decoration isn’t. The owner spoke really highly of their projects and we have quite a number of people we know in common. I asked to see what the furniture will look like, they’ll be sending out the details while we still consider about the whole crazy “lets get married in a pavillion and let’s get it done like right away!” idea.
By the way, this place has another wedding booked for April already, and the opening ceremony of the place is March 15th. I guess there are some crazier people after all.
chillimaple : That’s a fantastic idea actually! Hmm, I wonder why I haven’t thought about it myself….. I guess when things are a little stressful, my brain shuts down. Thank you for this!
Much love every one of you who commented and voted.