Thursday, May 27, 2010

Venues, Part I

Right now we're interested in two venues.  Big difference from our original plan of looking at every venue possible in every price range possible because we had no idea what kind of budget we were working with (STEP ONE IS ALWAYS DEVELOPING A BUDGET!).

[photo by Amy & Stuart via Once Wed]
So.  The first venue we're thinking about is a family-owned winery.  I happen to be friends with said family, so that would be meaningful and lovely.  Other great things about this place include:
-The price.  It is so, so reasonable to rent out the place.
-The wine.  I love it.  It's delicious.
-The people.
-Parking attendants included!

Some of the tricky things include:
-Capacity.  We really want somewhere with indoor/outdoor capacity in case we get rained out.  If it's raining, their tasting room is not big enough for the amount of people we want to invite.
-RENTALS.  The big money-eater.  Things we would need to rent: a tent, tent siding, lighting (more on this later), tables, chairs, linens, dishes, flatware, port-o-potties.  Yikes.
-Timing.  They only rent the place out for events after business hours (after 5pm, 7 days a week).  We wanted to serve Sunday brunch, or at least have a daytime wedding.  These constraints mean we'd have to have an evening wedding, serve dinner, rent lighting, etc.  It would also likely change our date because a Sunday morning is one thing, while a Sunday evening wedding is another.
-Location.  It's about 2 hours from where we live and where most out-of-towners will be staying.

[The Seinfeld diner!]

The other place we're thinking about is a restaurant.  The good:
-It's really close to our apartment (and the hotel I blocked rooms at for out-of-towners).
-My boss is friendly with the owners and has already offered to call them up and lay it on pretty thick to try and get us a deal.
-They have ceremony grounds AND A TENT.
-It's a restaurant, so very little would have to be rented.

The not so good:
-Richie thinks it might be too snooty for our taste (I say it's what we make it).
-I dealt with one of the owners before, and she was quite rude to me over the phone.  Lame.

I'm definitely leading more towards the restaurant wedding because of what's included and the location.  But I'm optimistic about both/either!

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