Wedding Chat with Sande | How to Select Your Venue
The first thing we did after my daughter Desiree became engaged was to decide on a venue. Desiree and her husband Tony had decided they wanted to keep their guest list at about 200 people. So we went looking for a place that could fit that size of party. There was a brand new venue in town and it was just beautiful. We went to visit and and we were the first to tour the venue. The person giving us the tour assured us that they could easily fit 200 guests. We gave them $1,400 deposit, signed a contract and were so excited. Until we hired our decorator and she went to look at the venue. She said yes - they can fit 200 people but they didn't take into account that you need space for a cake table, for a sweetheart table, for the DJ, gift table, a dance floor - etc! She said in order to fit all that we needed, we could have to cut the guest list. We were having trouble keeping it at 200 much less cut it further! So I called the owner and explained the situation. I needed out of this contract. The owner got very angry with me but did let me out of the contract and refunded the entire amount. We weren't trying to be difficult, we just wanted to be able to fit the 200 guests. So we took that $1,400 and rented a venue that fit 500 people. You know what that means. Our guest list grew and grew and grew.