Wedding Planning Progress- Venue

I realized recently that I’ve been keeping the internet in the dark about my wedding planning, and there is no reason for that, because it’s actually been really fun!

I’ve been engaged since September, but we didn’t really start actively wedding planning until January. We knew we wanted to get married in October, and we’d established that we wanted to keep the wedding under $8,000.

I’ve been pretty sure from the beginning that I wanted an indoor wedding, because I don’t want to have to worry about the weather. Once we decided on October, this was pretty much a must. A lot of cheaper wedding venues are outdoor locations, so I didn’t have high hopes about getting a super cheap venue.

Luckily, a few things aligned quite nicely for us venue-wise.

  1. Most of the venues in this area allow for having both the ceremony and the reception in the same place, so we didn’t have to worry about paying for two spaces.
  2. We were looking in January, which is wedding show season. Most venues have discounts of $100-$200 if you book by a certain date.
  3. We wanted to have our wedding on a Friday so we have the whole weekend to bask in marital bliss. Most places we looked at were $200 cheaper on a friday than they would be on a Saturday. Other weekdays were even cheaper, but we want our friends and family to be able to make it without a ton of inconvenience.

So, we toured a couple places, read a tons of reviews online, and ultimately decided on The Crystal Ballroom in Boise! It’s a beautiful room in a beautiful building, and the rental fee covers a lot, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • table setup and teardown
  • access for a rehearsal earlier in the week

The room doesn’t need a lot of decor, and has a lot of special lighting built in, so those are costs we won’t have to pay!

The venue is run by a catering company, who we have to use. They have some great affordable choices and are willing to be flexible in what they offer. They also are willing to provide linens at a wholesale cost.

The venue uses one company for all of their bar service, and their prices are competitive with other local bar services. So with choosing our venue, I feel we eliminated some extraneous costs and also minimized the amount of decisions we need to make. We get one contact for a large amount of our planning, which will be nice for staying organized.

So that’s where we are on the venue! Next I’ll have some updates on how we’re keeping costs down- for us and our wedding parties/guests!

Posted on April 1, 2016, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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