Post # 1
Since we are having our ceremony outside it was imparitive that we found a second location to hold it since weather in my city that time of year is unpredictable.
The FI’s dad is on the board of directors of the theatre Calgary, and one day in the early planning process we thought it would be a cool idea to hold our wedding there. We booked it as our back up and never looked back.
Now a couple months later we are head deep in finalizing planning and decided that we needed to set up a plan with the people at the theatre for the day if the weather was crap. So we met with the people last night and hmmm…..I think I like my back-up location better than where we are to have our ceremony!
First off, one of the best things we liked about the theatre was that its basically free! – I say basically because all you have to do is make a donation for you to hold the ceremony (or reception) there, and since FI’s dad is on the board of directors he donates a bunch of money already so we don’t have to do anything there. We also would save $900+ on not having to rent chairs for our outdoor ceremony.
The place is just unique and cool! and not to mention cheap! oh and they also told me they could use one of their stage machines to shower us with rose petals….um…amazing!
I just dont know what to do….should we just try and cancel the outdoor ceremony (with the hassel of then telling all our guests the change) or stay with the plans we have and have it as a back up….??
Post # 3
Telling your guests is easy… I wouldn’t worry about that. Personally, I love outdoor ceremonies and indoor receptions. The stage machine showering you with petals is a really cool idea, but something bothers me about having a ceremony in a theater. I looked at the link you provided. If you show us a picture of your outdoor ceremony site, I’d have a better opinion, but my vote is to keep the outdoor ceremony location.
Post # 4
I dont have a picture, but its basically just a green area in my FIs parents backyard…nothing with beautiful views, landscaping etc, very simple. grass. lol
Post # 5
Have you already printed/sent your invitations yet? If they haven’t been printed yet, I would say make the change. If they are printed but not sent, can you maybe put a little note inside them if you really want to change. Is it going to cause any issues with your FI’s parents?
Post # 6
We did that with our location. We picked one outdoor location and reserved a back up for weather and ended up going with the back up location. It also has an outdoor area for the wedding, so we didn’t lose the outdoor wedding. I’d go with what you’re most comfortable with. If you’ve already printed the invitations, but not sent them (my current project since my wedding is right after yours), I’d add a little card to explain that the venue is changed. I’m doing the same thing for my ceremony time being changed sine the invites were printed months ago.
Post # 7
hmm, have you printed invites yet? I’m guessing you have since your wedding is the same day as mine in 8.5 weeks!!
If it’s too late to change the invites, I think you should stick to your original location. You don’t want to worry about last minute location confusion.
But, if you really think that you could let all your guests know and be confident that there will be no confusion, then go for the change!
Post # 8
invites already printed and sent with outdoor ceremony location on them – however it does list the secondary location in the invites due to poor weather…
I just dont know which one I would be more comfortable with to be honest. both have pros and cons to each
Post # 9
what does FI think? How traditional or a ceremony do you plan on having? I personally don’t really like the theater. Theater seats are annoying to get into, especially if your guests are dressed up nicely. It doens’t look like there is a nice aisle down the middle for you to walk. It’s just not very wedding-y, but that’s MY opinion, and I was a little more on the traditional side (outdoor gazebo wedding). How many guests do you have? If it’s a small wedding it woudn’t be too hard to let everyone know, but if you have 150+ it might get tricky…
Post # 10
I went to a wedding a few years ago that was in the old Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. The theatre is awesome but the wedding itself turned out to be pretty tacky IMO. There were only about 50 or 75 people there and with the theatre holding 1000 or so it seemed empty. Then the groom rose up out of the floor with the organ etc, it was just a bit too theatrical for me at least Good luck deciding though! I think it could be awesome if done right.
Post # 11
If the theatre is what you want, then that’s what you should go with! =) It saves you money AND you like the aesthetics, so there’s really nothing going against it, unless you really want an outdoor ceremony.