(Closed) Fire Hall Receptions: Are they really that bad???

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Are fire halls really that bad?
    Yes, they're horrible! : (20 votes)
    22 %
    No, it is what you make it! : (68 votes)
    75 %
    Other: See Below : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    309 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I had to google what a fire hall was.  Maybe you can post pictures of the one you are thinking about?  Is it in a fire department? Sorry, maybe I’m ignorant, I just don’t know what fire hall’s are suppossed to look like.  Is it a cool antique old type building? Or a new building?

    Post # 4
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    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it is what you make it!  Our venue is not fancy or ornate, and that is just how I like it.  It serves as a blank canvas for us to add personal touches to. 

    Of course, I’d love to see a picture, too, to see how well the ones you are considering would work for that purpose. 

    Post # 5
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    1029 posts
    Bumble bee

    A fire hall wedding is basically a wedding held in a venue that is a multi-purpose space. It’s basically just a dance floor, tables, chairs and sometimes a stage. I personally think they’re fine for a wedding. It’s basically a blank canvas. Is it incredibly fancy with crystal chandeliers and cathedral ceilings? No, but that’s not always necessary. If all you need is a rented space for dining and dancing, why not? I might do something similar.

    Post # 7
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    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Like a VFW hall?  I’ve seen some very nice ones.

    eta – just checked your link.  You could do a lot with that space.  Go for it! 

    Post # 8
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    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I voted “other” because it depends. I have attended multiple weddings hosted in similar venues (fire house meeting room, pavilion at park, VFW hall, etc). Some have been great and some have been horrible.

    This summer I attended are great wedding that was at a fire house. It was perfect because everyone came to celebrate the couple and it was a completely casual event the whole way through.

    What made it casual:

    -The invitation suggested casual attire and noted that we would be outside playing lawn games. (Otherwise I would have been totally over-dressed.)

    -The wedding and reception occurred in the afternoon.

    -The couple had no attendants.

    -The bride wore a chic, lace, white, knee-length dress with no veil.

    -The couple invited few out-of-town guests.

    -There was adequate food and drink (burgers, hot dogs, salad, beer).

    -Wine bottles and wild flowers decorated the linen-covered tables.

    -The family who helped set-up, prepare food, etc., were abundantly thanked and truly close family members.

    The horrible weddings have had a terrible mis-match of completely inappropriate details and just plain rudeness, including no food provided, requests for out-of-town guests to cook, long bridesmaids/bridal gowns in extremely casual settings, food poisoning, inadequate food and beverages, requests for money, potluck reception, and many other instances.

    So if you choose to go casual, do it all the way through. Make sure your guests are aware of the casual nature of the event (at LEAST in terms of attire). You can be cost-effective without being rude.

    Post # 9
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    589 posts
    Busy bee

    It’s what you make of it!  I don’t think that anyone should break the bank for a wedding.  If this is what you can afford then just make it work somehow.  I think you would regret it more if you “go all out” on a wedding and then be in the red financially. There are better things in life to spend money on.  I will be honest that there are some people who will judge.  But who cares what they think.  It’s just a party.  The people who love you will celebrate with you whether you are in a fire hall or the Plaza Hotel. 

    Post # 11
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    9143 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    We have a few down here too.   My sorority used to rent one for functions and they were just fine but ours is on a little lake so it’s kind of cute.  And yours doesn’t look bad.  I would make the brick fireplace a feature of the room and work everything else around that.  Plus, it’s at a great price and it comes with a large dance floor and it looks like there’s a separate space for a band or DJ.  I say go for it and ignore any snobby comments.  Spend the money on the good stuff like food and decorations.

    Post # 13
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    1043 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I think the right lighting company can make any space look freaking amazing.  If you’re saving a ton by using a blank space, try looking into companies that can uplight.  It’s not typically expensive and can make such a dramatic difference.  

    Post # 14
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    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Definitely is what you make of it. I’ve been to a wedding in a UAW hall that was blah, but they also had zero directions so it was basically just a big beige room.

    I really like that hall, OP! I love the fireplace.

    Post # 15
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    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Totally go for it, OP! The space is really pretty!

    Post # 16
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    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @KatyLovesJoey:  were having our wedding at a fire hall i guess but the price is so right 😉 saved us 9,000 bucks and that was without our honeymoon our budget went from 18,000 to 12,000 with our honeymoon cruise. i feel that if you have the $$ to spend blessings but for us its no way to start a marrage if wete both broke from tje wedding im doinf alot of Diys with my bridal party and family trying to cut costs where ever we can.

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