(Closed) need help with potential ceremony venue issues (ugh)

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Stace126:  Regarding location/transportation, see if you can arrange a shuttle service or appoint members of the family/friends with vans to assist to keep parking to a minimum. See if you can strike a deal with a vendor near the theater to allow cars with “wedding” signs to park in their lot for the day. (Maybe there’s a nice restaurant nearby that if you have your reheasral dinner there or a large gathering for breakfast the next day they will let your folks park in their lot the day of the wedding.)

Regarding decor, find out when their performance will end the night before the wedding. I’m guessing 10:30pm or 11pm. Recruit trusted family/friends with taste to decorate and appoint someone to be in charge of making sure it is right. Use part of your rehearsal time to show these recruits where decorations are supposed to go the day of the wedding. Then, after the performance the night before, have them set up or early in the morning the day of. Arrange with the theater who will lock up if you do it the night before or who will be there early to unlock and let your folks in to decorate the morning of.

For getting ready, I think you ought to find another place to get ready. You might consider staying in a hotel the night before or getting ready at a nice salon. But the theater spaces sound like they won’t function well for you and there is a risk of running into your FI. So, eliminate the risk while you’re getting ready. If you still want some pictures at the theater when you arrive, have a scheduled time frame that FI can be there with his guys and have a scheduled time frame you are there with your gals, no exceptions. Maybe take some final “touching up” photos as opposed to full-on “getting ready” photos at that point.

For lighting, make the investment. Have the lighting technician put house lights to full and see if some additional lights can be added. My guess is that most stage lights will be already focused for the performance and can’t be moved to be focused on your guests in between. So, see if the lighting technician can dedicate an entire set of lights just for your wedding independent of the performance lighting.

It’s all about delegating, investing where you should, and knowing when to take another route. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Stace126:  Oh sh*t. Pardon me but I thought you meant a stage theater as opposed to a movie theater. OK, in this case your lighting situation is much more difficult. I think here it is a matter of investing in some lighting trees where one can focus several lights attached to one pole. If you are going for a classic Hollywood theme, you could make this part of your “Hollywood set or lot” decor.

See if you can RENT lighting trees from a local theater company or theater supply company. The lighting technician might have some options and resources of his/her own.

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