(Closed) What to do about the venue!?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What to do, what to do!
    Change nothing, have no fear. : (2 votes)
    15 %
    Get a tent, risk it. : (2 votes)
    15 %
    Suck it up, settle on a lame indoor venue. : (4 votes)
    31 %
    Change the date and wait even longer to have sex. : (3 votes)
    23 %
    A different fantastic idea that will solve all your problems! : (2 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
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    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Do you WANT a big wedding with a tent and all that jazz? From the tone of your post, you don’t sound enthusiastic about the whole idea. Why did you choose the park in the first place? What are your (and your FI’s) wedding-related priorities?

    Post # 5
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    2854 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @leafgum: I don’t know, I don’t see why you couldn’t find a natural fun venue with an indoor option. Although I don’t know your budget. We looked at a nature center that had beautiful windows and a nice large room with wood and neutral paint. They had a lovely outdoor area for ceremonies and a garden for the cocktail hour. You could dress it up to be fancy, but you could as easily serve BBQ and have kegs. The whole thing came in around $2K (the upper end of what we were looking at as far as venue rentals).

    You could look at community centers, restaurants, etc. It doesn’t have to be hotels and chandaliers. 🙂

    Post # 6
    Member
    385 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    It sounds like you feel the park is sub -par also.  This is your wedding and while it is just one day, it is a special day that you create great memories and stories to tell in the future.  I think if I were you I would continue to look around and see if you find something you like better at a rate you can deal with.  When I started looking I actually found a free wedding chapel right in my town.  Be creative –  consider museums, old theaters, an old court house.  I have a friend who has the really cool stair case in her house she had her daughters wedding there. You’d be suprised how many people want to help with weddings.  There is a post I put on here about 5 months ago asking people to show the different places Bees are getting married, there were some wonderfully creative ideas.  Dont give up, the perfect place is our there.  It sounds to me like this park just isn’t it.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would look into a venue. I know you have a small budget, but a park setting can get wicked expensive really fast too:

    Tent rental

    Floor rental in case of bad weather

    tables

    chairs

    linens, etc

    A lot of venues will have this stuff included. How big is your guest list?

    Post # 9
    Member
    2192 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @Roe:  I second this.  We vetoed the gorgeous garden in the park because just the cost of the tent was going to be around $10,000.  Than add all the stuff that Roe said and don’t forget the Port-O-Potties. 

    Check for your local nature conservatories.  They have beautiful spaces that are available to rent.  But if your heart is set on outdoors and it is rainy in June where you live I would consider an early fall wedding as well. GL!

    Post # 11
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    5763 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Move it back to when? The summers around here are always iffy weather-wise, but planning everything outdoors is the risk you take. If you have a backup plan that would be better, but mabe check the historical data and see how it ranges. Last year was an odd year everywhere. Considering how hot,sticky and humid our summers usually are, as a guest I’d MUCH prefer cooler,less buggy weather. Maybe go into the Fall instead?

    Post # 12
    Member
    391 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    What about looking into a winery that has rooms for weddings?  You can then have the wedding outside amongst nature but move instead if it’s super hot, rainy, cold.. whatever.

    Post # 13
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    23 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I can only imagine how stressful that is! I am from Oklahoma where the weather is famously unpredictable as well. I think you should follow your heart and go with the outdoor venue. With all the money you can save you can buy cute umbrellas for the wedding party and extra special guests (grandparents, etc) and ask everyone to bring umbrellas and rain boots just in case! Some of the best wedding photos I have seen have been taken in “inclement” weather. Good luck!

    Post # 14
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    254 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    If the park has a gazebo- that is your rain plan. At, leat that is our rain plan. 

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