Post # 1
I have been agonizing (paralysis by analysis as my fiancé says) for nearly two months over a reception venue. Due to budget, time constraints and other factors I didn’t find the “perfect” venue and now am deciding between two choices for my intimate, California “destination” wedding.
Option #1 Modern Grange
Pros: Indoor/outdoor space, in a picturesque wine country town, catering/drinks/décor/set-up all done in-house – not much planning involved
Cons: No views, pricey drink package, no separate areas for cocktail hour & dinner
Option #2 Vineyard
Pros: Views, optional lodging on-site, completely customizable
Cons: Everything needs to be brought in/planned which will probably make this venue at least $5-10k more expensive, outdoor only space
I know no one can make this decision for me but any opinions would be welcome. Would out of town guests be disappointed in a venue that basically a restaurant and want more the vineyard wow factor?
Post # 2
The modern grange is stunning! 😍
Post # 3
I would save yourself the time, planning, and money and go with the modern grange venue. It may not have the same view as the vineyard but it’s gorgeous and you would have no worries about weather or other unforseeable occurrences that sometimes happen outdoors. You would literally have to find an officiant and a band or DJ and you would be done.
Post # 4
My vote would be #1 Modern Grange!!
Post # 5
My brother’s wedding is being planned from a distance with evrything needing to be brought in. Watching the amount of work made us choose a venue that would do everything. Don’t get me wrong, being able to do your own thing and have flexibility is really appealing (I was torn too) but I think the reality could be too much. Hope this makes sense.
Post # 6
Save yourself the trouble – my venue did all our setup and it was SO MUCH less stress the day of.
A lot of places will let you ‘haggle’ a bit too if you pay in cash or agree to certain terms (Serving just this or that just saying)
Post # 7
This is tough. I am biased because I got married in a vineyard, so I would say that choice! We stayed in villas on site and it was a wonderful weekend winery getaway, almost like a destination wedding even though it was only 45 mins from home.
However, everything was provided and I can’t imagine having to plan all of the tables, chairs, catering, etc. on my own so in your situation that would make me sway my decision.
Post # 8
Your guests aren’t going to your wedding for the venue. Your invitations don’t say “you are invited to tour this venue…” they say “you are invited to witness our marriage and eat, drink and party with us after.” They are going there to see you get married, eat, drink, socialize, and maybe dance. You realize lots of people get married in butt ugly sterile VFW halls or gymnasiums and people still have an awesome time, right? Because they aren’t there for the venue. All people care about is that they have a comfortable place to sit (not too hot, cold, windy, wet, etc.) And plenty of delicious food and drink. If both places can accomplish those things, then go for what saves you money and/or is easiest.
Post # 9
I would go with number 1. A) price difference B) Indoor option C) Is beautiful!
Post # 10
The modern garage! The not having to plan part is worth it. The venue I Chose does the same thing catering/drinks/décor/set-up and the rest of the planing that is left up to me is causing me to stress out. I couldn’t imagine having to plan everything especially set up and decor.