- 3 years ago
So this past weekend my boyfriend and I attended a wedding for our good friends at The Steel Stacks.
I wont be mentioning much at all about the newly married couple. They were clearly extremely happy and had a blast. This review is about our experience at the venue itself, to be taken into consideration for any Bees looking into this venue for their wedding, or Bees going as a guest so you know what to expect.
When we first got the invite stating the venue, we were very excited. We had been to three other weddings before, all at churches/catering halls, so we were optimistic and happy for something unique.
We arrived and went straight to the ceremony space. We were instantly taken aback and a little confused. It was set up quite literally on the sidewalk across the street from their big empty concert stage…and directly in front of the snack stand that wasnt taken down because a concert was to be held there later that night. Yes, seriously…there was a huge blue tent with the words HOT DOGS BEER POPCORN CHIPS printed all over it directly next to us, as were the picnic tables with the Coca Cola brandes umbrellas hovering over them. The actual abandoned steel stacks were in the background, which were cool to look at. However, everyone around us was whispering the same thing: “are they getting marriedin front of the snack stand like this??” It was kind of awkward. Additionally, the road and walking areas werent closed to the public so there were a ton of strangers driving by the whole time, and people sitting at the picnic tables and watching.
Everyone headed upstairs for the cocktail hour. Only one bartender was working, but luckily we were one of the first ones up to get our drinks-after that, everyone lined up and waited a very long time. Food was brought out-hummus, raw veggies, crackers, chips, and salsa. Everyone kind of kept peering around waiting for hot passed plates or more stuff to be brought out, but that was it. A positive is that there was plenty of space for guests, and a good variety of mixed furniture to sit at andmingle around. Also, the whole side of the building was glass with a perfect view of the old factory and lots of natural light.
The reception room continued with the glass wall, with the same view and tons of natural light. The cake was set up in front of the glass and it was a very beautiful showcasing spot for it. The sweetheart table was beside it. The dancefloor was large and there appeared to be a good amount of space for the DJ booth, and our tables were comfortably spaced out. They did the introductions of the bridal and groomsmen parties, the bride and groom, and the dances were done. The food came out-first a salad, which was just…a salad, and then the main courses. My boyfriend got the steak, I got the mushroom ravioli, and a couple other friends at our table had chicken. Everyone said the chicken was bland, the steak was prettt good (I tried some) but the portion was miniscule. My ravioli was actually pretty gross. Like, sour and bitter with a dry texture…inedible. I shared the steak with my bf, but us and everyone at our table sighed and mentioned we were all still very hungry. No champagne toast was provided. The night went on with tons of great dancing and socializing, we had a lot of fun. Cake was brought out and that was inedible as well. I think it was meant to be made with some kind of alcohol baked in, because it was harsh and burned/stung on the way down. The other sour note was that singular bartender- she was extremely judgey and all the guests notes she was being snarky and smirking every time someone asked for a drink, and also barely gave any actual alcohol.
Overall, I would not recommend this venue to other couples. It had a cool backdrop, sure, but the unique setting was not taken advantage of and everything felt super ordinary. Additionally, the food and drinks were extremely disappointing. We had fun overall as guests and the married couple is very much ecstatic and enjoyed themselves, and thats whats most important.