Venue stress- Indoor or Outdoor? Need some advice ladies! (Pic heavy)

posted 3 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue option do you like?
    Option 1: All outdoors with tents : (14 votes)
    28 %
    Option 2: Indoor reception with same theme : (31 votes)
    62 %
    Option 3: Indoor reception with different theme : (4 votes)
    8 %
    None of these, consider this instead (comment below) : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I know Iowa! Consider these options... (comment below) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
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    2163 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Tent weddings can get pricey really fast! I think you need to do more research to see how much it would actually cost for what you’re looking for. What’s awesome about real venues is that most of the time, when they do weddings, the venue actually comes with/covers a lot of things like tables, chairs, electricity, bathrooms, etc. With a tent you’d have to bring in electricity, tables and chairs. You might get lucky if a park has decent restrooms, or you might have to bring in porta-potties. In a nice venue, you would have regular clean restrooms.

    I’m not familiar with Iowa but you should really check out some venues and ask questions, I think you may be happily surprised!

    I like the idea of an outdoor woodland ceremony and then an indoor reception that incorporates the theme. You don’t even need to go over the top with decorations, just enough to tie everything in.

    Post # 5
    Member
    1896 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @chickspartan:  I voted for the second option with a caveat.  Option 1 is gorgeous, but A TON of work to make the elegant part happen. I wouldn’t want to sign up for all that work to make a reception space from scratch, essentially.  So, that depends on if that sort of thing excites or overwhelms you.

    Also, coming from someone with an outdoor wedding, the stress of weather is real and with that specific option you’ve shown I just don’t see a great rain plan.  

    Option two is already elegant, and adding touches of woodland would be SUPER easy.

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    9949 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Our tent rental was super expensive — like $3500.  That included chairs and everything, but it was wicked expensive.  

    I’d take a look at the different parks’ pavilions.  You might be surprised.  If that fails, I’d go with that modern space.  What theme are you thinking of that wouldn’t work with it?

    Post # 10
    Member
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @chickspartan:  I think the second option is probably better- tents and heaters and electricity issues are so expensive and adds a lot of extra logistical work. That said, before you book the indoor venue, I would ask them very specific questions (preferably in writing) about what decor is allowed. I found a lot of venues won’t let you hang chandeliers- period. If they won’t let you, then I would keep looking. Your inspiration post is beautiful!

    Post # 12
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    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @chickspartan:  You won’t know until you ask! The worst they can say is no. Until then, try not to :/ until you know for sure 🙂

    Post # 14
    Member
    7531 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    @chickspartan:  If you are more likely to have 100 people, I found something that may work?  I’ll check to see if I can find something if you are more likely to have #150  You can PM me if you want.

    Post # 15
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I love both options, but it sounds like that second venue will be a better choice overall.  We wanted to do everything in the park we got married in, but as others have pointed out, the tent/chairs/tables get pricey REAL fast.  We also wanted to have a completely indoor option in case the weather didn’t cooperate.

    I think if you started looking, you would find a lot of adorable decoration ideas to bring the outdoors in.  Branches and lights on the tables?  Pebbles and candles in a centerpiece?  Moss, textiles, flowers. Etc, etc. I think once you know what you’re working with, your creativity kicks in!  Have fun with it.  I love your ideas so far!

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