I visited a lovely venue, yesterday. 618 in Freehold, NJ. It was PERFECT! However, there were two big things that really bothered me, and I am trying to decide if they are, or should be, deal breakers.
The venue did NOT have a bridal suite or any place for the bridal party to get ready in. Okay, so they had a tiny room, almost like a vestibule, that is before an office. There was barely any room for two people much less an entire bridal party plus moms. I would very much like to get ready at the venue, or at least have my bridal party get ready with me, preferably in a close proximity to the venue. We can always get as hotel, I suppose, but it would not be preferred.
Next topic, cocktail hour. The venue seemed pretty small to me, even though it was said to hold up to 200 guests, which is more than enough for us. They only have ONE banquet room, a restaurant downstairs, and a patio. The restaurant is open even during the wedding. We can rent the space to have our ceremony in, for 30 minutes and $500. However, the cocktail hour is in the same room as the reception, so I am worried people won't want to spend the entire time in the same room. In the reception room, you can also have the ceremony should you choose to, but that seemed completely asinine to me as it would be pretty odd to move the chairs for the ceremony, then move then back for cocktail hour and reception?
Perhaps I am already turning into bridezilla, against my better judgment. I just don't know if something so small should be a complete deal breaker when the venue is absolutely perfect otherwise. My entire wedding will basically be comprised of all Italians, some Puerto Ricans, and a few Polish people from my side. I want to give them what they would want but at the same time enjoy my own wedding, when I am the one paying for it. I know my FHs family, specifically the grandmother, and I just want to give them a wedding they won't judge me so harshly for, when I am already under fire by some of his family for not having children attend.
Would something like this be a deal breaker for you?