Venue Wish List:
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.
The inside of “The Glass Room”
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?