One Venue, One Love

Venue Wish List:

  1. Breakfast menu
  2. 100 guests
  3. As cheap as possible

With these criteria in mind, I eliminated all hotel ballrooms ($$$, most have space for 250 guests), restaurants (can’t hold 100 people, no breakfast menu), a backyard (too expensive to rent linens, tent, chairs, etc.), and community centers (those close by are in really bad shape). I basically worked myself into a corner with very limited options.

And then…my mind shifted to think of the space where my sister’s prom was held a couple of years ago. It’s a convention center with a couple of different rooms: the big one where my sister’s prom was held (600 guests), another that hold 75 guests, an outdoor plaza for 100 guests, and a room with floor-to-ceiling glass windows for 150 guests.

I made an appointment for that same week, and as soon as I stepped into El Faro Convention Center I loved it. Then I saw “The Glass Room,” the second-floor room that has floor-to-ceiling windows with an incredible view, and my heart dropped. I was sure it would be crazy expensive.

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The door

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The inside of “The Glass Room”

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The balcony

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The view

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Surprise, surprise…after talking to the venue coordinator I learned that the venue just charges per plate (they do the catering) with no extra cost for the room. The per-plate charge includes: tables, chairs, waiters, glasses, china, silverware, and cleanup. I dared ask what the price per guest was for a wedding: forty dollars, which is not expensive compared to the average wedding, but way too high for me. She informed us that the price is for the hors d’oeuvres, a five-course dinner, and non-alcoholic drinks.

Wait a minute…forty dollars is the price for dinner. What would be the price for breakfast? Nine dollars, and they have an established breakfast-buffet menu! After learning the great price for breakfast and all that was included in the price and actually seeing the wonderful room that would be ours for five hours, I was sold.

Yes, I picked the first venue I researched and visited. We paid the deposit then and there to secure the date, which thankfully was available. I’m so happy to have found a place that I love and fits in with our budget.

Was your venue hunting as easy as mine?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Boa Constrictor

Birthday:
July 2
Location:
Isabela, Puerto Rico
Wedding Date:
May 2012

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    stephlovessaul 87 posts, Worker bee @ 9:25 am

    Lucky!

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    happyface 5777 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:33 am

    I could only see two pictures of the bunch (the others had that little colorful square in the middle) :(

    But it’s a great feeling when you have THE ONE and it won’t cost an arm and a leg!

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 9:50 am

    Exactly as easy! We had almost the same criteria too :)

    Ours wasn’t quite as inexpensive! We’re doing a “brunch” rather than breakfast, so there’s more food, but it’s still less than $20/plate and also include tables, chairs, linens, waiters, even some decoration (oil lamps on mirrors on each table) plus coffee, tea and juice.

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    Lexy 404 posts, Helper bee @ 9:51 am

    Oh but my location is significantly less scenic… but I don’t live in the Carribean so there you go ;)

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    pixiepea 35 posts, Newbee @ 10:03 am

    That’s perfect! Congratulations!

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    janie-janie 3248 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:16 am

    that is an incredible venue, congrats!!

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    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:09 am

    Holy moly that is amazing!! The view, the price, the glass…yowza, you and your venue were ment to beeee!!

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 12:42 pm

    Fantastic! Love Puerto Rico & the idea of a breakfast or brunch wedding. Congrats on such a great location find. I feel like sometimes the venue you need is right under your nose. I looked all over New Jersey and then found the PERFECT venue right near my house.

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    ohmybears48 2454 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:38 pm

    LOVE that venue. Do you have to worry about the weather, though?

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    coyote 1503 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:55 pm

    Hot dang that is awesome!! And it’s such a beautiful space… Way to go Miss B!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 4:40 pm

    What a great deal and an amazing view!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 5:39 pm

    What a great space and beautiful views! Hurray on finding something in your budget. That is a super great deal!

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    boaconstrictor 339 posts, Helper bee @ 9:16 pm

    @Lexy: Yay! for morning brides. Glad to see another bride planning a early soiree. That’s a great deal nonetheless, even though the view isn’t included. one of the perks of living on a island.
    @Miss Honey: Definitely! It was just like love at first site!
    @ohmybears48: The weather is not an issue since all the festivities will be done inside the room, the balcony is just for guests that would like to enjoy the view.

    I was SUPPPEEERR lucky to find something I liked and would fit into my non existent budget. I’m very pleased :)

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    sweetietooth 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:55 pm

    OMG that’s AMAZING! congrats for the STEAL of a deal!!!! it looks Amazing AND the price!! you can’t beat it!

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    hawk 1117 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:37 am

    Your venue is drool-worthy (and a total steal)! Congrats on finding the perfect spot!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 pm

    Your venue has fantastic views! And $9 a guest is a steal. I like the uniqueness of breakfast for a reception.

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    luli29 3500 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:34 pm

    Beautiful!

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