Wedding reception – Experienced vs Inexperienced Establishments

posted 10 months ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Which one would you go for?
    1 : (3 votes)
    14 %
    2 : (6 votes)
    29 %
    3 : (12 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 2
    4662 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    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
    685 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    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 # 5
    3446 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

    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
    933 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    2757 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    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
    4500 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    99 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    769 posts
    Busy bee

    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 # 14
    203 posts
    Helper bee

    Wow!! I am glad you took the risk and that you updated us! It is gorgeous 💜

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