- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
So confused while shopping for venues, I coudl use an opinion..
We are looking to do a “modern-yet with medieval/fairytale twist.” If you are thinking the movie Knight’s Tale or Ever After turned wedding, you are doing it right. We’ve seen six venues (so far) and have it narrowed to two top runners:
Venue #1 – Absolutely gorgeous venue, I’m not going to lie. The cocktail hour will be held on a second floor balcony overlooking the first that has a huge candelier and is just grand in size…. then followed by the reception space – an open, airy white room with a hardwood dance floor and wall length (long wall of the room) dark mahogany bar. The room is plain white and chairs are white brocade and hardwood. It’s very easy to dress us to our theme of medieval/fairytale. (Modern space, medieval/fairytale twist)
Problem – Outdoor space is sandwhiched between the driveway and parkinglot. YOu can hear the cars outside on the road as they pass by and it’s a busy road.
Possible solution – We were trying to keep the ceremony and the venue in one spot to cut down on transportation for us, and the 80% out of town guests. However, we could potentially find another ceremony space.
Venue #2 – Gorgeous old-time manor converted into a catering hall. Exposed woodbeams, giant doorways, chandeliers, it feels like an old fashioned manor house… that could play friendly with a medieva/fairytale twist wedding.
Problem – The headcout cap is a bit high (we’d have to have like 90% of our list RSVP yes) and the general Manager, on first impression, could have cared less about us. He was straight forward and information, but cares less about us as a couple. THis is just business to him. Policte but smile of a shark – which I find off-putting.
Possible Solution – Negotiate to lower the head count, as we’ve heard other couples get a lower requirement – or hope most of our guests accept to meet it. As for dealing with the GM – make sure every last detail is in the contract, and hold him to it. Strict hand.
Or… we could keep looking. but we’re on a budget while trying to find someplace that’s not your sterotypicalhotel ballroom feel. Nothing modern, bright or blingy.