Post # 1
I’ve been stressing about my venue the way some brides stress about their dress. I will be a one-dress bride, but I may end up with several venues!
I already have $100 on the Central Community Center in Tulsa (pics below). But a friend on FB posted that she had recently attended a wedding at a place called Bridle Creek. This place would be more expensive than the place I currently have booked, but it’s also bigger and allows camping (!). It also allows for reception time, and gives you the entire day (as opposed to having to buy time by the hour).
However, it’s also more rustic. I’m decidedly NOT a country girl, but I do like a steampunk aesthetic. I’m worried about Steampunk + Bridle Creek = Old West.
What do you think? Should I stay with Venue 1 (a community center near downtown)
…or move wedding to Venue 2, a lodge in the country?
Post # 3
I think the second one is definitely rustic. I would stick with the first one. I’m not really sure how well you’d be able to blend steampunk and camping, that one would definitely be a challenge!
Post # 4
@jo.lee: The camping would more just be for afterwards, not for the ceremony or reception–we will have a lot of out-of-town guests, and not having to make them drive home at the end of the night OR pay $150 a pop for downtown Tulsa hotel rooms would be nice, though I know some probably wouldn’t enjoy the great outdoors as much as others.
Post # 5
Hmm…personally, I wouldn’t want to camp after going to a wedding if it’s even semi-formal because you would have to store your good clothes (or worse, wear them, lol) overnight while you’re at a campground. I might be biased, though, because I’m not a huge camping fan.
Is there anything you don’t like about the first one?
Post # 6
@jo.lee: Well, it’s kind of small, and there’s not really a whole lot they’ll let you do to decorate it–if I hired a coordinator, she could maybe talk them into it, but I’m really shy and nonconfrontational in real life, so I probably wouldn’t ask in any way that would make them want to say yes. Plus, you buy time in hours and can’t get in or put anything in the building until your time, so if you need 5 hours to set up, you have to buy those five hours in addition to the time for the ceremony, reception and cleanup. Also, the site is about 100ft from an interstate. The outdoor patio area looks like it would be great for a ceremony, but it might be kind of loud. Also, if an ambulance or fire truck or cop came by with sirens blaring, it might be really loud and ruin the ceremony. (Then again, it might not be so bad. I didn’t feel like calling in a fake bomb threat in the area to find out 😀 )
The second one, from what I understand, they just give you the keys and tell you to have at it. Also, you get it from 8am until midnight. Like I said, more expensive, but might be worth the peace of mind knowing that I could work on it until noon and get it finished before I needed to start thinking about hair/makeup and all that.
Post # 7
I strongly prefer the second venue. Camping or not, you can make this venue non-rustic by downplaying the wood covered walls and have the eye focus more on the center of the room and tables. The outdoor view made me swoon.
Post # 8
The second one definitely looks nicer to me. :o)
Post # 9
I think venue #2 is incredibly beautiful and I would go with it if I were you! It looks much more special
Post # 10
The second one is prettier. The ceilings are high and it looks like there’s space for a dance floor if you want one.
Camping sounds fun!
I think it will be harder to change the look of the community hall.
Post # 11
2nd is beautiful, but 1st is more sensible! =)
Remember to have your way, but its only 1 Day! I love your ideas! But I say majority of people will want to go to the comfort of their own hotel room and/or bedroom, kick off their dancing shoes and soak those bunyons in private 😉 or get their groove on to continue the wedding spirit! 😉
I truly love your taste and style for your wedding, so I mean all this with the most love and sincerity! xo
Post # 12
I love the second venue! it is beautiful! i think the first venue looked cold, bland and boring.you also mentioned venue 1 is in the city, i would worry about hearing sirens or other city noise. the second venue looks ‘homey’ and cozy!
Post # 13
I love that second venue with a passion. But that’s more my style, what I’m drawn to….
You have to think if it’s what you really want, and what would be best for your guests. What kind of camping? Do they also have cabins that people could stay in or is it more primitive?
I would love to camp, but that’s just me 😉
Post # 14
@Mrs.tobe: Agreed I love the second venue!!
Post # 15
are you planning on getting married at the location as well?
If so then the second one seems to have a very nice place to actually get married, but if it is just for the reception the 1st place may be nicer. It’s hard to tell by pics alone but the park at #1 seems nicer. With decoration 1# will be pretty as well.
Post # 16
I vote two even without the camping option. Two is just gorgeous and special.
And I would totally camp out after with some of my friends. It’d be awesome.