Post # 1
OK, I need to choose between Golden Gardens and Skansonia. I think I like Golden Gardens more, but am worried it is going to be too much work – setting it all up, etc. Also, it is only one room and I’m worried that people will have less fun in that setup, but I think I may just be overthinking. I guess I’d love to hear any input if anyone here has been to weddings at either and what they thought??
Also, if anyone has been or had a wedding at Golden Gardens… how did you organize the cocktail hour? Since it is one room only, I’m having trouble imagining how it will work.
If anyone has any insights… THANKS!
Post # 3
I haven’t been to a wedding at Golden Gardens, but I’ve been at the beach plenty of times when one has been occuring.
Generally, people have the ceremony outdoors and the reception inside. At the end of the April, that would be a pretty risky option due to rain. You can have the ceremony inside, but you’ll have to do a “room flip.” We are doing a room flip for our wedding in a different location and it’s definitely stressful but doable. You can also do a tableside ceremony which would work in this small space (people are seated at their tables instead of in rows of chairs).
The problem I see with this location is privacy. This is often a crowded beach. Less so again at the time of year you are talking about, but I’ve seen weddings there where the room is completely sealed up with no one getting to hang out outside at all because it’s so busy outside. The bathroom is next to this building, so you’ll have lines of people in front of your building waiting to go to the bathroom. You can’t reserve any part of the beach for just your wedding.
I don’t the set up or anything would be a big deal if you are working with a caterer. They can put your tables and chairs up and arange all your rentals.
I likely would go with the Skansonia…it has inside/outdoor areas and is bigger. As long as you like their catering since you have to use their in house catering.
Post # 4
@sapphirebride: Thanks much for your insight! Unfortunately, Skansonia gave our date away. I guess, technically, we didn’t put a temporary hold on our date. However, now I’m torn between Golden Gardens or just having it at this restuarant that is large enough for all our guests and dancing and a band. No facility fee, so we’d probably save a bunch of $$. However, not scenic at all. Hopefully, I will make a decision in this century! Thanks again.
Post # 5
@leedobler – I’m not sure what your budget is, but I just had my wedding at Ray’s Boathouse (we did photos at Golden Gardens). Very scenic, and I found that although it wasn’t “cheap” you got a lot of value for your money. For instance, they provide floral arrangements for the tables, and a day of coordinator. And no clean up/set up! The food was sooo good, we got a ton of compliments.