(Closed) What’s more important…food or looks?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: which venue would u choose?
    Beautiful reception room, so-so food, so-so planner : (9 votes)
    12 %
    Outside reception with tents, good food, good planner : (68 votes)
    88 %
  • Post # 3
    8353 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2011

    If those were my only two choices, I would keep looking.

    You will need to consider the weather during the time of your reception.

    For me, the choice would be a good planner, beautiful ceremony/receeption, and good food. Weather permitting, I would want an outdoor wedding with a backup plan just in case.

    Post # 4
    83 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I voted for the outside reception.  Our choice was similar and we went for the good food, but more importantly, the good service.  The place with the better location for us couldn’t care less if we had our reception there and we battled with them over things in the reception contract which shouldn’t have even been issues to fight over to begin with. (Like making it clear that if we overpaid in the estimate, we would get the excess refunded to us.) To us, it wasn’t worth the stress of dealing with someone who hates you or just doesn’t care.  The place where we ended up having our reception was so excited and enthusiastic, and like you said, really wanted us to have our wedding there.  It made such a difference in planning and made planning with them a breeze.  I’m sure if we went with the other place we would have been SO frustrated all the time, and I’m so glad we didn’t.

    Post # 5
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

    Good service is the MOST important. Unless you are 100% opposed to having an outdoor reception, I say go for the outdoor tented reception, they can can just as beautiful, if not more so, that a great reception location.

    Post # 6
    315 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    A place being easy or difficult to work with could literally make or break your wedding.  Your reception is a huge part, and if the caterer is hard to work with, that’s WAY more stress than you need.

    Post # 7
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Food is what everyone remembers, plus if the food is good then everything else is good!

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    Post # 8
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I’m a total foodie – but sacrificed amazing food for less stress.

    Even if you had amazing food – I think it’s really hard to achieve a spread that everyone will enjoy.  Something is bound to not come out 100% right and not everyone’s palate is the same.

    But, from what you’ve said – I’d go with the beach location w/ the good food (the customer service part is what put me over the edge!).  You want to give your business to people who you can work with.  And, you can definitely dress up the tent area, etc.

    Post # 9
    292 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    FOOD! yumyumyum Its what guests remember the most!

    Post # 10
    1347 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I vote for the outdoor reception. Also, a good photographer can take amazing pictures even at an outdoor tented reception, especially an outdoor location on the beach! Some of my favorite wedding inspiration pics are from outdoor receptions.

    Post # 11
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Good service and good food over asthetics.

    Post # 12
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    i think outside is pretty. plus nothing’s worth the stress of bad service.

    Post # 13
    1288 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

    I was booked at a venue with the worst contact person in the history of having to contact someone. I switched to a venue that wasn’t pretty but had an awesome coordinator to save my sanity.

    Don’t give unresponsive people your money.

    Post # 14
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    good service trumps!!

    Post # 15
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    Most people say that what they remember most are whether the food was good or bad and whether the dj was good or bad, in addition to the couple’s hospitality or lackthereof. Most people don’t remember what the venue looked like unless it was either out of this world or really bad. While your venue will be in pictures, your guests will remember more whether they liked the food or not, so I would get better food and jazz up a so-so venue. Definitely though go with whomever has the better customer service. If someone is lacking in customer service during the planning stage, they will make your wedding day a nightmare, and they have no business dealing with the public.

    Post # 16
    572 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I know that the place with the poor service is probably gorgeous, but do you really want to give the business to someone who doesnt seem to care about if you have it there or not? This is going to be a very special day for you and your fiance, everything should be like you dreamed it especially the way you and your guests are treated!  The venue should be the one bending over backwards for you, not the other way around

    IMO, Quality service and good tasting food is a must, but your wedding will be beautiful no matter where you have it! Laughing

    I would consider doing a little more searching if you feel uncomfortable about things with both these places.  

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