Venue Hunt

Just wanted to update my readers, I haven’t had time to update this! But I thought I would now.
So as you know I have tons of ideas already to make the hotel ballroom gorgeous, and I just wonder, is it worth paying that “extra $$” for a certain type of hotel???  In a world where the DoubleTree is seen as less appealing than a Sheraton, and a Hyatt is supposed to be top of the class, it’s surprising to see how vastly different the reception ballrooms are at each of these locations.  Even more so, a theme park’s hotel beats all of these in square footage AND view, yet costs a little bit less.  The price difference wouldn’t make a difference if the wedding guest count was just at 100…but at 300, even a $5 difference per head adds up quickly–$1500 gone like that.  So is it worth it to spend that extra $1500 for a hotel name?  I’m not too sure.   All of these hotels have their pros and their cons, but I just wonder if the hotel chain name makes any difference! I don’t think it does.  All I want is a beautifully decorated room!

I’m attaching photos of some ballrooms and you guys get to tell me what you think, w/o learning of the hotel’s name!

Ballroom #1They have nice carpet, very spacious, I like their chandeliers, their walls are painted well, well lit and nice, muted colors. (can u tell I like them?)  Also, the draping on the left wall is not included obviously, but it’s something I kind of want to consider if it’s budget friendly.

VENUE #2 (they get two photos, another so you can see their carpet… eeek)

(this was a short-table event apparently, but still… do you see the carpet….)

Now that’s venue #3, it’s nice, been to weddings there.  I kind of hate the lights!! Why are they squares? I like chandelier type lighting….

So I bet whoever is reading this is thinking a few things:
-if the venue is DECORATED nicely, it will look nice, duh Sidra
-they all kind of look the same…

PLEASE COMMENT!!!!!  I’d love your advice.


Wedding Nightmares

Ok, so I’m not the only crazy bride out there.  In my “The Knot” magazine, there is a whole section dedicated to Wedding Nightmares!! Other brides who had wedding nightmares…

Mine was so funny, and so vivid.  Our wedding was going perfectly, the cocktail hour was great, I still remember the music… and we were talking to our guests and having a great time, until I realized, this is our cocktail hour! We are supposed to be taking our photos… so I rushed Nick towards our photographer to get our photos taken and as I walked by our reception ballroom I peaked inside and was horrified at what I’d seen…  my beautiful pintuck table covers had been replaced by multi-colored table covers from another party!! I was so upset!!! I became frantic and made the staff change the table covers, and then for some reason Nick got involved in helping them change the table covers.  I remember yelling at the hotel’s coordinator and thinking, “this is why I should have hired a wedding coordinator!!”  I felt my blood pressure rise and the dream felt so real I remember my mind racing and I remember the frantic feeling I got.

SO the moral of this story, #1, I am hiring a day-of wedding coordinator to deal with this kind of crap, #2, I am NOT the only bride who has nightmares.  The Knot magazine has a list of them!

Also, I visited a florist today, she was incredible and so helpful.  She has been featured on Platinum Weddings too!! Yet, there is a huge benefit of going with someone who is seasoned–while other florist may have to ‘rent’ their tall candelabras, this lady would not have to as she owns them, she has been in business long enough.  It’s really great.  Also, her prices are NOT Platinum, she is actually significantly more affordable than the $300/centerpiece guy my cousin recommended me to.

I still want to shop around and find the best deal and the best look though!

That’s all for now!