Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Our Wedding: The Venue

For years, I had wanted our wedding at a hotel overlooking the Detroit river (the place Chris asked me to be his girlfriend and also proposed to me). Of course I had to be responsible and make sure we explored all options, so we received quotes from over 20 venues near us.

Right away, it became overwhelmingly obvious that we were in trouble. My first choice locations were wayyyyy over budget. I'm talking over budget in base fee alone. Of course, that's not including drinks, bar fees, and all of the other crazy fees. Did you know that there is a fee to play music in a hall in Canada? or a cake cutting fee? I didn't.

Those who know me know that I'm the last person in the world to ever consider a tent wedding, or even a barn wedding. I wasn't willing to sacrifice the formal feeling, and I was heartbroken.

Trying to shed some of my stubbornness, we began looking outside of the city. After looking at a few places, we decided to call a hall about 5 blocks from our home. We met with the coordinater to discover that this little club was actually more beautiful than most of the huge venues in the city, for half the price. I'm really glad that we explored our options, because this venue ended up being the perfect fit.

Take a look at some photos of the hall, entrance, and bar below:

Basically, moral of the story is don't rule anything out. Be diligent and don't overspend just because you don't think you can find what you want. Explore many options. Dont give up.

The truth is that if we would have chosen the venue that I was set on, we would have been way over our heads in terms of debt. I don't regret the decision at all, because in the end...this is all for just one day.

Other posts in Our Wedding series:
1. Our Wedding: Our Engagement Story
2. Our Wedding: The Date is Set
3. Our Wedding: Inspiration
4. Our Wedding: The Dress
5. Our Wedding: A Realistic Budget


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