- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Bit of background – my guy is from California (used to perfect weather) and did his basic training in my home state from November to February. He hates my home state. But, because he is very traditional, he would like to do our wedding in my hometown. My mom has agreed to pay for the wedding/reception, and is OK with the expense of any of these places (though the Powell Gardens’ Chapel fee wasn’t her cup of tea.) I want a colorful and truly fun wedding reception. I’m debating between three venues. My favorite has major logistical issues which stand a good chance of spoiling the reception in grandiose way. My secondary option is mostly OK logistically, but is quite expensive. The most logistically sound option is lackluster, but doable. I’d like to hear some bees’ input.
1. Campus – middle cost. No real scheduling issues (building is just as comfortable in winter as in summer), unless self imposed. Set-up/tear-down included. Catering pre-set (middle cost, again.) Cons – nothing for kids, very blah, doesn’t show off home state well, price vs value
2. Powell Gardens – highest cost. Semi-restrictive schedule (April-November, only available during certain hours). Set-up/tear-down/minimal decorations included. Catering is pre-set (highest price) Very pretty location, very classy. Cons – half hour from town with no prep room (negligible), nothing for kids, price.
3. Parents’ Backyard – by far the cheapest. Only viable in May. Very pretty, would allow fireworks, kids activities, and loads more silliness. Cons – Set-up/tear-down would have to be done by family, outdoor catering could be problematic, tents as only rain-out option, Mom VERY reluctant to have reception here.
The campus where I got my degree…
There’s Powell Gardens, which is just plain pretty…
Or there is my parents’ yard…