My fiance and I got engaged in July and are trying to plan a wedding for next June, 2012, in the Reading area. I usually don't post on the boards, but I'm so frustrated right now that I just have to vent.
I am a non-profit fundraiser and as part of my job, I plan events...lots of events. I am finding it very difficult to be on this side - planning a wedding vs. an organizational event. I am finding that venues have ridiculous minimums and aren't willing to work with you at all. Everyone has 'packages' and won't deviate from them...we have to go with a FULL open bar, we can't reduce to just a beer and wine bar...or, we can, but they won't lower the price. Or, they won't because its a Saturday wedding. My family is from western PA - so with traveling, I feel like a Saturday wedding works best for us. And why should a Saturday wedding be more expensive....weddings on other days are just as important. If their package includes a cake, I ask what the price difference would be to not have the cake....my sister-in-law is a cake decorator. Nothing - no change. Maybe they will throw in an extra cheese platter.
I about hit the roof last weekend when I thought that we had found a beautiful tented location...only to drive up and see the tent permanently set up in the middle of a dirt and gravel parking lot.
Sometimes I think that I should plan an 'event' under my organization's name - that would make it a whole heck of a lot easier and less expensive! (Yeah - I know - I can't really so that....but its a nice dream)
Ok - think I'm done. Thanks for listening!