Post # 1
Ok, so I have two venues I was really indecisive about. I loved things about both. I currently am meeting with venue 2 on 09/05 to put down a deposit…but I’m still thinking about whether I’m making the best choice. I added some pros/cons along with pictures. I like things about both. FI likes venue 2 better, but does wish we could bring in our own alcohol there. My mother prefers venue 1. Both allow outside catering.
Will be cheaper for rentals/fees/alcohol by about $1000-$1200
It is downtown, so people will be near to that scene
I am planning on inviting 105 people, I imagine about 80 would come. If it is more than 80 by a lot it could feel a little crowded. This space is actually 2 rooms…and the venue says it can hold up to 150 guests. However, I would not use the second room for anything but the food, otherwise guests would be seated in 2 separate rooms. On the other hand, if only 70 show up, it would be a great little intimate space. But overall, the space is smaller
For this space, I will have to have the ceremony and reception in one room, so the room will need to be flipped. This means, I will worry more about all the centerpieces getting set up correctly and someone in my family or close to me will have to make sure this gets done.
Will be more expensive for rentals/fees/alcohol by about $1000-$1200 since I have to use their alcohol.
In a more suburban area, so less nightlife scene for anyone wanting to go out after
Venue is larger, and I would have 3 rooms to use. So one room for ceremony and then one large room + a bar area for the reception. For this, 100 people would be perfectly fine. Here, I am more worried here about only having 70 people show up if it would actually be too big of a space.
No room flip is a big plus. I can also use all the furniture seen in the room.
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I voted for #2 because…
Most people wont go out after, and the few that do wont mind traveling to the night life area.
The alcohol being more is a bummer, but not terrible– the use of their furniture is great though, rental chairs are just never comfortable, and this will give your entire event a more “plush” feel.
If the guest list is only 70, you could just do it all in the larger room and use the couches to divide the space, or just leave them spread out– people rarely complain about having too much space. 🙂
Post # 4
Venue One is nice… I like the brick walls, and it being an intimate space. But as you say, if you go beyond 70 people it is going to feel tight… especially given that you are multi-purposing the rooms.
Venue Two is lovely… maybe not as cozy as Venue One, but the seating is more highend and for me that would count for something (less decor to have to worry about). The space is gorgeous… and BONUS that you don’t have to flip.
Personally, I’d rather go to a Wedding where there was more space than not enough… so I would vote for Venue Two.
Also think that Venue Two gives you more options when it comes to photography… and that is nice. Lovin the mixture of decor, textures etc. And I take it it is a Brewery or Vineyard… so that adds a nice feature as well.
Hope this helps,
Post # 5
I vote venue 2. Its better to have too much space than not enough. Plus you won’t have to be worrying about the flip on your wedding day! The couches look super comfy and conducive to conversations for those who aren’t big dancers, and the whole place (bar, table chairs, lighting) looks spiffy/classy.
Post # 6
Venue 2. It sounds like 1 will be too cramped with your guests, and it seems like flipping the room will be chaotic. Where will your guests go while the room is flipped?
Post # 7
I voted for Venue 2. Parking downtown is often a nightmare, and there’s no guarantee there will be enough spaces. You don’t want your guests having to pay to park and then walk long distances in their fancy shoes.
Besides, that first shot of Venue 1 looks awfully cramped.
Post # 8
Yes, I’m afraid venue 1 could be more cramped. That was one thing a friend of mine brought up (we were both at a wedding reception at venue 1…and she thought it was a little cramped).
After I saw venue 2 I knew I loved it, which is why I have an appointment to put a deposit down….I guess I’m just trying to get advice on what others think! I appreciate all the comments! 🙂
Post # 9
@abbie017: Venue 1 has two rooms, but I would only have the reception seating in the larger room because I think it’s weird/rude to seat guests in a room separate from the DJ/dancing. So they would be able to go into that room for basically a cocktail hour while the room is being flipped. After that, the food (I would have to do a buffet) would go in there.
Post # 10
@This Time Round: It is a distillery actually! thanks!
Post # 11
LOVE dark horse!! Good choice!