Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

So tomorrow Mr.  Modern and I are taking the 10 hour drive to Ohio to check out our top wedding venue picks. My hometown is near the Ohio/Michigan boarder so we are also looking at  a couple places in the Detroit area.  So here are a few of our top contenders:

Arnaldo's Banquet Center, Riverview, Mi 

Pros: We can have both our ceremony and reception there, the prices are very reasonable and even includes gratuity, it a little more unique than the average ballroom
Cons: We would have to pay for 180 guests instead of the 150 we were planning and we are going to have to negotiate down to get plated dinner service since we only budgeted for 150 people, we would have to pay for chair covers

Parkway Place , Maumee, OH

Pros: Very good price, we can bring in our own alcohol, everything is included, we love the larger room
Cons: For a guest list of 150 they would put us in the smaller room which we were not impressed with from the photos online, we are not sure if they would allow us to rent the smaller room for the ceremony and the larger one for the reception

Crowne Plaza Toledo, Toledo, OH 

Pros: Nice looking ballroom (from the few photos they had online), easy for our many out of town guests since it is a hotel
Cons: a little over our budget. Hopefully we can negotiate….

Plymouth Manor, Plymouth, MI

Pros: nice ballroom, have rooms to accommodate both ceremony and reception, reasonable pricing
Cons: They have a 200 person minimum for Saturday and we can only afford 180 max, so hopefully we can negotiate this as well

Valentine Theater, Toledo, OH

Pros: We hear its very nice but there were very few photos online, they have several spaces to accommodate the ceremony and reception, its downtown near a lot of the city's best hotels

Cons: We have to chose from a list of approved caterers, we have to rent chairs, tables, linens, cant use candles

So, which would you chose?


  1. Hello from weddingbee!
    I'm so excited to follow your journey :)

    That's a hard choice - I vote you check each of them out first, and see if you could negotiate anything.

    Looks alone, I love the first and the last. So cute!

  2. Hi Cheryl!

    I thought it was going to be really hard to choose but once we actually visited the venues, it was pretty easy. We fell in love with Arnaldo's instantly.

    Thanks for following :)