Post # 1
My FH and I think we have picked our wedding venue up at Jay Peak in VT but we have the option of having the reception indoors in a ballroom or an outdoor tent.
The indoor space would require a separate cocktail hour rental, and they have awful chair choices for the ballroom (red confrence room chairs; my color is purple). It’s an exposed beam ceiling, which is fairly low and makes the room feel a little closterphobic, but also adds a lot of character. There are a few small windows and two built in bars.
The tent is up all summer long, and has a perminant floor which includes dance floor. Also, the tent does not have any center beams which is nice. We can still do a plated meal and the tent is located on the golf course next to the clubhouse (which has bathrooms). They have fans if the weather is hot, but the wedding coordinator says there’s usually a nice breeze due to being located in a valley. Cocktail hour would be in the tent/outdoors if its nice.
We’re worried that if the weather is too hot (August in Vermont can be a little sticky) we’re going to be uncomfortable in the tent. Second fear is if the weather is really rainy the tent will feel damp? Neither of us have been to a tented wedding before so we have no idea what it will be like. Using the tent will be $500 cheaper than the ballroom.. any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
Congratulations on choosing a venue! Doesn’t it feel so good to have chosen one?
From my experience, I much prefer indoor wedding receptions to outdoor ones, ESPECIALLY in August. My sister had her wedding reception half outdoor and half indoor on August 16th and the outdoor part was humid, sticky, and kinda miserable. We had the cocktail hour outside and it was so hot and had just rained so the grass was wet, we all got sweaty, and while we still had a great time when we went inside, having the sticky sweaty feeling even before we started dancing was not too enjoyable! My bridesmaid shoes were ruined in the wet grass, which was really too bad.
To me, the extra $500 is worth it to have it indoors in an air conditioned building. Your guests will be happier, you will be happier, and you can still admire the beautiful outdoors from inside, I assume?
To address your concerns:
– Can you get chair covers?
– I LOVE the exposed beam ceiling look – there are so many ways you can make it look absolutely gorgeous. You should definitely contact my friend Richard Pitonyak at RPM Entertainment (http://www.facebook.com/musicrpm) – he does an amazing job with lighting and can transform any room into a totally different space. I’m sure he’s got some great ideas to work with the room you’d be in!
– Be careful with “nice breezes” – sometimes those can be high winds! I was at a wedding last September where the bridesmaid’s and bride’s hairdos all came out because it was so windy!
– August in general is humid – especially in Vermont! I say go indoors!
Post # 4
@stephh: Curious if you made any decisions. Debating the same thing but July in Cleveland. The tent is so much prettier! Ugh!
Post # 5
@amanduh517 – I went the safe route and went for the indoor space. What actually made our decision was the fact that 1) We hadn’t actually seen the tent in person, so we weren’t really sure how big it was. But 2) I had asked the wedding coordinator for the demensions of each room and the indoor space was much larger, even though it had felt a little small to us. So we figured the tent wouldn’t have enough extra space to roam around in if the weather wasn’t nice enough to be outside the tent.
Post # 6
I love an outdoor wedding reception. I have never been to an indoor reception I enjoyed as much as an outdoor one. I think it’s worth the risk! I am having a tented reception and couldn’t be happier
Post # 7
I think we may have still gone with tented if the tent had been bigger than it was 🙂 We wanted people to be able to roam around if the weather was crappy. I think you’ll be happy with the decision either way! 🙂