The other day I met with one of my brides to talk about her venue, and she referred to it as a "bare bones" kind of place. What a great way to describe it! I, too, am getting married at a bare bones venue.
What does this mean? It means they don't provide anything! You have to find your own caterers and other vendors, as well use a rental company to provide chairs, tables, linens, lighting, etc.
These bare bones venues can often be misleading to brides who are working without the help of a planner. Typically, the cost to rent the venue is incredibly low compared to more inclusive venues. "Yay! It's cheap!" you think to yourself when you find out the price. Well, give your local rental company a call. "Chiavari chairs are $8 a piece?!?! AND there is a $1 set-up and break-down fee??" Well, yeah. And that adds up very quickly.
This bride's venue isn't quite as bare as all that. She's lucky that they provide the tables and chairs (although that's not included in the cost), the dance floor is sort of "built in," and there is no need for tenting.
This is inside the beautiful English Conservatory (imported from London!) where dinner will be served at The Gardens of Bammel Lane.
(Just to give you a price comparison of using chairs from a rental company versus using what the venue has, those white garden chairs pictured are $2 each, and at Aztec, a popular rental company here in Houston, they are $2.60. Sixty cents may not seem like much, but for 200 guests that's $120. That could be the money in your budget needed to get that airbrushed make-up that you're pining after.)
My venue, The Historic Woodburn, is truly a bare bones facility. There's a front porch and a carriage house, but that's IT! (Thankfully the porch has lighting, but not nearly enough to light the whole yard where the tables will be.)
Anyone else dealing with this? Do y'all prefer the flexibility of a bare bones venue, or the ease of a venue that provides everything?