Post # 1
I have been looking at reception venues and I still can’t decide whether I want the reception indoors or outdoors.
In my hometown, there are several BEAUTIFUL outdoor options that would also be very affordable. I would have the option of having the reception in the garden of a gorgeous antebellum inn or on a covered patio that overlooks a lake. However, both of these options do not have space for guests indoors and finding a rain location has been nearly impossible. Although we would have a tent, I feel that it would be a disaster if the weather is bad. With a large majority of our guests flying in from different places, this is really a concern. My parents really like the outdoor options.
FI wants a more traditional wedding that is indoors. However, the spaces that would accomodate our guest list (around 200) seem to have very little character. Most of them are conference rooms that seem more appropriate for business meetings. I know that decorations can help a LOT, but I am having trouble envisioning a reception in one of these places. It would be a lot less stressful not having to worry about the weather.
Ideally, I would love a place that could seat our guests for dinner indoors but has an outdoor patio as well. I have looked and looked and have not found this to be an option in our area.
What would you do bees??? A prettier location outdoors (and chance bad weather) or try to decorate a large room to our tastes?
I also feel caught between my parents and FI. I feel like I need to take both of their feelings into consideration (since my parents are paying for the majority of the wedding). They just seem to want different things.
Post # 3
If you are not able to secure a Plan B for bad weather, I’d have it indoors.
If you plan it outside and there’s a thunderstorm or its 100 degrees – what would you do?
I’d keep looking at indoor venues. Ours has plenty of character. They are out there.
Post # 4
Where is your location? What is the weather generally like in August?
Post # 5
I’d feel a lot more comfortable with an indoor venue. Weather is unpredictable, and, personally, I wouldn’t be willing to chance it. I would keep looking for an indoor venue with character, but, if you can’t find one, I’m sure you’ll be able to make it lovely with decorations. Also, I know I would appreciate you selecting an indoor venue if I were a guest. I noticed your date is in August, and I do everything possible to avoid the outdoors for extended period of time during the hot summer months. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Post # 6
August is really tough, so I agree that unless you can find a great Plan B, I’d go with the indoor options. But it might be helpful to post your location – it’s possible that someone on here knows of the ideal venue (indoor with outdoor patio, + character, holds 200+) near you.
Post # 7
You should try and meet in the middle. If your parents want it outdoors 9and are footing the bill) and you fi wants it inside, maybe you could find a venue that is a really decorated tent (not your typical tent). That would satisfy both plus you have the security in case of bad weather.
Post # 8
Thanks for your suggestions! I think the main problem is that my parents and FI’s family have a completely different ideas for weddings. Everyone keeps asking what I want, but I just feel that I have to be a mediator and find a space that works for everyone.
Our original plan is to get married in my hometown: Greensboro, GA. It is a very small town so has limited options. If we don’t find a venue here soon, we may eventually decide to get married in Greenville, SC (where we met).
Here are a couple of options of venues that I like but that are in other cities:
The Loom in Simpsonville, SC
If we decide to get married where we met, I will probably use this venue. It is an old, renovated mill building. I love the exposed brick and the wooden posts. It also has a really cool bar area that you can’t see from this picture.
I also LOVE this winery in Dahlonega, GA. If we decide to change the location of the venue, we may choose this as a semi-destination wedding. It is beautiful inside and has a HUGE wrap-around porch with great views of the winery.
Post # 9
Those venues are beautiful – I see why you like them! I can see positives both ways! If you go for an outdoor venue, it’ll be beautiful and you can plan for bad weather using tents. Sometimes rental companies will allow a rainy backup plan for rentals depending on availability. I grew up in Georgia, and usually although it’s warm, it doesn’t rain that much. If it does rain, it’s quick, heavy spurts. On the other hand, although the conference rooms might not look like much, it’s amazing how draping and lighting transforms a space. I’m not sure if you’re looking just close to Greensboro, but there are some beautiful sites throughout Georgia that have indoor and outdoor options in the same property.
Chateau Elan is a winery that hosts gorgeous weddings. They have indoor, outdoor, modern, and rustic options:
There are a couple other wineries out there too that you could look at around GA. Also, how about estates? Again, I’m not sure what locations you’re looking into, but after a quick google search, Little Gardens looks beautiful with indoor and outdoor options also. If you look around at alternatives, I’m sure you can find what you’re looking for!
Post # 10
Ooh… I think I just found a great option for an indoor-outdoor recption! Although we were planning to get married in my hometown, this venue is in the city where FI and I currently live. It would definitely have an indoor-outdoor vibe and we could have the cocktail hour outdoors if the weather is nice.