Hi all! We got engaged in October and I already made our guest list as I've been brainstorming about reception sites. I think that we are looking at 250 to 300. Our whole list right now is 392 people. Someone told me that the general rule is that 2/3 of the people invited actually go. Is this true?
So because we're are shooting for 250ish-300, I looked at places like Union Station, Sawyer Room, etc. I've seen photos for Berg Event Space, River Market Event Place and some others, but they seem to hold 150 - 200 and I think those are too small for me. (Even though they look great in photos.)
I'm looking at reception places that are rich and unique themselves and I don't have to go overboard with decorations. I'm also trying to look at places downtown or close to downtown because we will have guests from all over - some from Greenwood, MO ... some from Tonganoxie, KS.
MY QUESTION: do you know if these reception places will simply tell you the asking price if you just call or e-mail them and ask? Or do they want to set an appointment to have a consultation with them?
I am wondering because both Justin and I live and work now in Madison, WI, but we're planning a KC wedding since we're originally from KCMO! I won't be able to set up too many consultations unless I make them all the same day when I am back in town for Christmas or something.
I feel like it's easier to "shop around" right now to compare prices and information, considering that I live 400 mi. away, but most websites say "schedule an appointment" or they just don't say anything about pricing.
PS - Here are my favorites based on the pictures I've seen:
- Union Station
- Sawyer Room
- The Midland
- Grand Pavilion
- The Little Theatre
Thank you in advance for any advice!