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Deciding between 2 venues

Stevie, on June 21, 2021 at 10:11 PM Posted in Planning 0 7
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Hi! My Fiance and I are having a lot of trouble deciding between 2 venues we like. Our wedding is next July, but summer weddings get booked fast, so we're hoping to settle on a place a year in advanced.

The first place is a heritage museum and it has so many options for indoor or outdoor ceremony/reception. We would prefer the ceremony outside and reception inside, but where we live, summer weather is very unpredictable. It could be sunny for days, then rainy for days. Or sunny all morning, and rainy all afternoon, and vice versa. So we love that this venue has options if we had to have the ceremony inside. We would have to find outside catering, which I don't mind too much. The only downside to this place is because it is a museum, it is open to the public until 5:00PM. The staff would need time to set everything up, so we couldn't have the ceremony until 6PM. Our wedding day is on a Thursday, we don't want our guests to leave the reception early because it gets too late. This venue would be about $3,500, excluding food.

The other venue is at a Golf Course; it has a beautiful view of the city and the mountains and would be great for pictures. (The museum has no view of the mountains, just a lot of outside plants). We would have the outside ceremony next to a large pond. And the reception would be inside the Golf Courses restaurant. Catering and staff setup included. We could start anytime, but the downside of this place is if it were to rain, we would have to do the ceremony inside the reception room. Guests would sit at their tables and my fiance and I would be wed in the middle of the room on the dancefloor with a few chairs setup in front of us for immediately family. I attached a picture of what it would look like. Keep in mind, we have 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen so I feel it would be cramped. It's just not what we envisioned for our wedding. This place, including food, would be about $7000.
It just sucks because I feel we have to make a decision based on the weather and it is so unpredictable Smiley sad We're both very torn, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!
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Latest activity by Hanna, on June 22, 2021 at 12:06 PM
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    Savvy April 2022
    Dabblinggadwall ·
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    I vote for golf course. The heritage museum sounds incredible (literally just because of what it is; that sounds amazing!!) but ceremony starting at 6 is kinda late. :/ Also, I think the golf course's reception room looks absolutely stunning, I personally feel that ceremony picture is beautiful!!

    Can you post more pics of each venue?? I may change my vote based on how unbelievable the heritage museum is haha

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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
    mrswinteriscoming ·
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    Personally, I would go with the heritage museum.

    As a guest, I would be taking one day off work to attend your wedding regardless of which venue – it would either be the Thursday to attend your wedding (if it were to start in the afternoon) or the Friday to enjoy the day off, if your wedding were to start in the evening on Thursday. For convenience, I would prefer to be able to work a full day Thursday (possibly leaving a little early) and thereafter have a three day weekend rather than take the Thursday off and return to work on Friday.

    As a bride, I would much prefer the venue that offers a number of options regarding indoor and outdoor spaces.

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  • Catherine
    Expert March 2023
    Catherine ·
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    I’m not getting married until March 2023 and we’re securing our venue in a few weeks, so very normal to book a year or more in advance.


    I say go with option B, even if you have to get married inside with everyone at their table. I did that for mg first wedding and I loved it. No one had to shuffle from room to room. They could get drinks and just relax.
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  • Hannah
    Master July 2019
    Hannah ·
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    I agree with mrswinteriscoming. A 6pm start time is actually pretty ideal for a weekday because guests may be able to get away with not taking the day off to attend the wedding, or maybe just leave an hour or so earlier than normal and still make it. And, if they want to, they can take the next day off but they don't have to use up a PTO day to attend your wedding if they don't have to. Also, I think the fact there are good indoor and outdoor ceremony options is a huge plus. We got married in July 2019. The week before our wedding was beautiful and the week after was beautiful (I literally knew people who had lovely outdoor ceremonies both those weeks). A huge heat wave rolled in the week of my wedding and it was literally over 100 degrees (which is not super common where I'm at), so we had to switch to the indoor option as of the night before the wedding. You really never know what the weather will do and you want to be happy with plan b if that's what you have to go for.

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  • SHY
    Master January 2022
    SHY ·
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    As a guest, I'd prefer the museum because I could work a full day of work and have enough time to get ready for your wedding at 6pm. I could take Friday off and have a 3 day weekend! I also like that you have indoor and outdoor options, which will be really nice if the weather cooperates!

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    I vote the museum. You have more options incase of a weather emergency and it just sounds pretty. A 6:00 start time for a Thursday wedding is perfect. Starting any earlier would likely require your guest to take off work early. 6:00 is the standard start time for weekday weddings.

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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
    Hanna ·
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    I would go with the museum for sure! A start time before 6 pm is too early for a weekday wedding anyway, and 6 pm is ideal. And you have better options in case of inclement weather as well.

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