Part 2 of the Bride Blogger posts:
We have now attended our first four venues – for a look round and discussion. There has been a lot of great information, advice and sights to see. BUT no canapes or free champagne – I thought that was one of the pluses of mooching around all these places? Maybe that’s the wedding fayre….. *fingers crossed*
The first venue we turned up to view was a local hotel. We had booked the appointment but we ended up being quite early. So, I suggested we look at our guest list so we had a more accurate idea of numbers before we went in. No one one told us that this was the hardest part?! I’d heard, in fact, that the seating plan is – but surely once you have the number of guests, seating them isn’t an issue? Person + seat = done. 🙂 Yeh, I get the feeling that it isn’t as easy as that either – so look at for a blog in the future on that one!
I thought we could get 50 guests for the day. But once we add up family – close friends of both us and then our separate close friends, then it’s easily 70. And don’t even get me started on the plus ones 😉 So that was our ‘number’: 70 plus up to 100 for the evening.
The first venue made me laugh – it could only happen to us. It was all set out beautifully to show it’s full potential as an idyllic venue: as a funeral! Haha. So it was hard to picture our big day there, when it was very sombre and tranquil for the looming funeral wake. It was a nice place though and we got asked questions about colours, ideas and best men/bridesmaids – the woman showed a real interest (to get our money says the cynical side of me!) but I lapped it all up and thought ‘this venue searching is fun!’ This seemed a great option, until a couple of hours later, we got the very detailed, ‘interested’ and expensive quote 😉
Rating: 5/10 ‘Lottery win needed or a hell of a lot of bartering.’
We ended up going to a local restaurant for lunch ‘The Winery’ 😉 – one of the best in town (for food, but not prices!) as we heard they did weddings there and we could kill two birds with one stone! I love this particular restaurant, and once again, the food was amazing. (Sadly again, no freebies for wedding research! 😉 ) The rooms are all very secluded and segregated – which is great for eating out – but not so great for a wedding, where you want everyone to see everyone and be in a big, open space.
Rating: 7/10 ‘great food- marquee needed if we choose this one.’
The third place, we were also booked in for. It was at the local brewery centre – wine and beer, are you sensing the theme of these venues? 😉 My fiance, naturally, loved the idea of this one. It had some great potential and lot of different rooms to choose from, including a marquee.
Rating: 8/10 ‘good price, but no nice outside area.’
Lastly, we randomly called at a hotel that I heard was a good option. We got some info and we were very excited by the deal they do. Not giving too much away to our guests yet 😉
Rating a hush, hush 9/10 – I knocked a point of because it seems a little too good to be true at the minute. Watch this space 😉
Kenny was so excited by the price options that he spent 6 hours at home when we got back, creating a detailed database: of guests/groups they fall into/ their roles in the wedding and costs/budgets/prices etc.
So, Lucy, I do now have a man heavily involved in the planning! I am pleased overall yes, but there was a point at 9pm (after a full day of wedding stuff) that I had to prize him away from the computer – as 2 years before the wedding, I just don’t know if our ‘veggie guests want cauliflower tart’ or if we should ‘have a tea and coffee option.’ Haha! It’s going to be a fun 2 years 😉
Not a quote this time, but a question:
‘How do brides- or this bride in particular –
manage all day without spilling on the perfect, white dress?!
White food/drink options?’
This is a serious worry for me!
See you soon wedding planners!
Next: wedding fayres, as we are off to our first one today!