Torn between two venues (Very pic heavy)

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which do you like better?
    Garden Club : (53 votes)
    34 %
    Theater : (104 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 3
    941 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @MrsMeowton:  I say go with the theater. The garden club scares me with regard to having to set everything up yourselves and either purchase or rent every single item. I think it gets incredibly expensive very fast to make it look like the finished venue that you liked. I LOVE the theater. That is SOO unique and cool! Even with little decoration it would be a neat venue. 

    Post # 4
    4959 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MrsMeowton:  I say go with the theater also. I cant imagine having to go set everything up and then break it all down the day of the wedding. Our wedding starts at 5:30 and we are starting hair/makeup (7 bms, me + moms) at 8 am! When would you have time to go set up a venue?!

    Plus the theater looks super awesome and unique!

    Post # 5
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsMeowton:  I voted for the theatre.  I think that truly is a unique venue…something different and it’s so beautiful!

    Post # 6
    1838 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    theater due to the cons you listed for the first one.


    Post # 7
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Coming from a bride whose venue is ALL DIY… I say go with the theatre. Don’t get me wrong, I love our venue and wouldn’t have it any other way – but it is a lot of work and like other posters have said, those costs add up quick. Plus, the theatre looks so cool! I’d love to go to a wedding in one!

    Post # 8
    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    They are both great choices, and I think you will be happy with either!

    I slightly lean toward the garden club since you could more easily put everyone in one room. Since they already do weddings, I think the volunteers will be pretty used to set up/break down, as will whatever rental company you use. 

    Either way, you can’t go wrong. Beautiful spaces, both!

    Post # 9
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2

    I was for the theatre until I read it’s split over 2 floors. No, no, no! A wedding is about bringing families and friends together; I’d be pissed as a guest being separated from most guests and holed up upstairs.

    I understand the garden club’s con of setting everything up yourself, but plenty of Bees here have done that and been successful (though rather stressed).

    Post # 10
    143 posts
    Blushing bee


    I voted theatre. It is just much more interesting. No offence to the first venue, it was very pretty, but it just said standard wedding to me. The theatre is much more unique and the bonus is that there will be professionals on hand to sort things out!

    Good luck with your planning. 🙂

    Post # 11
    1235 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think you should go with the theater. It is so unique and special. 

    Plus, the rentals are going to add up like CRAZY. You won’t think that they will, but they will! 

    Post # 12
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    I love the Garden Club.  I’d just hire a decorator to take care of the set up/take down.  And a day of coordinator to handle all the vendors.  

    But I am lazy like that! 

    Post # 13
    1421 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Theatre!  It’s way more unique — and cheaper.  Sold.  Costs add up so fast when you need to rent stuff — I think you are likely to end up way over budget with the other venue.  Even if the theatre is split over two floors, with small tables I don’t think that will be a huge issue.  Just make it more of a mingling, heavy hors d’oeuvres-type reception so people aren’t stuck at their tables all night. 

    Post # 14
    3268 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @MrsMeowton:  I think the garden club is definitely nicer, and depending on the amount of time they give you for setup and breakdown, all that DIY could be quite manageable. How much would renting tables, chairs, etc. add to the expense? How does the total cost compare with the total cost of the theater? If they give you Thursday afternoon until Sunday evening or Monday morning to set up and then clean up afterwards, that would work. But $2000 sounds like kind of a lot especially since there is no staff. With volunteers, you’d probably get a couple very helpful people and some useless ones.

    The theater sounds like a better deal, but I don’t think it’s as nice and wedding-y (but I’m an outdoor bride so I’m biased). The need to split guests up between floors for the reception would make it a definite no for me, as that is awkward– who gets to sit near the bride and groom and who gets put upstairs far away? The area where there was dancing (if you are having dancing) might get really crowded as the upper floor people come down to participate and hang out. I was super tempted by a venue that would involve splitting guests up into two rooms, and for these reasons rejected it. I actually made a thread about it on here– I’ll find it in a minute and give you the link.

    I can understand how you feel super stuck and confused! Find out how much table/chair/tablecloth/dishes rental would be in total, add it to the site fee for the garden, then add up all the venue expenses for the theater. Which is more? 

    And most importantly, really, which place is special enough to you to become the place where you and your love marry each other? To me, a wedding venue has to be very special and preferably have some history for me/him, because it will always be “where we were married.”

    That last idea really helped me when I was agonizing over 2 beautiful venues. Go with what you feel will be the most special and “you,” ultimately.

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