Post # 1
Bellenga started an awesome poll about venues in the new Encore board… so I thought we’d try it a more general version in the Beehive as well! What my version of the poll lacks in creativity, I hope it makes up for in comprehensiveness!
Bee and I got married in a loft, and we both liked it a lot. I love lofts with tall ceilings and hardwood floors and lots of natural light… and thankfully so does Mrs. Bee. We’re not religious, so a church wedding was out. And it was early March, so we didn’t consider an outdoor wedding! If I could do it again, I’d get married outdoors (because it’s cheaper – terrible huh).
Why did you choose your particular venue… and do/did you ever wish you could get married somewhere else?
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
We got married at a winery and it is SO SO OVERDONE in this area. Everyone gets married at vineyards, and it’s perfect esp. if you have a lot of out of towners (we had no IN TOWNERS so obviously it worked for us) because it’s really novel to most that don’t live around here.
You’re right about it being cheaper… you don’t have to decorate a lot if you get married outdoors if you don’t want to.
If I could do it all over again I’d get married in an art museum with LONG LONG tables in the hallways. Or the foyer of some fancy building like an old grand library. Neato.
Post # 4
We were married on my parent’s farm (childhood home) the filet mignon we served at our reception was from our actual cows (to some I know this sounds strange, but they all are given great lives and kept in the best conditions 🙂
I thought getting married there would be a lot cheaper than anywhere else, I was wrong. You have to rent everything- and in the end we would have spent just as much on a venue. I like our choice though, it was special to be married on the spot where I spent so much time. If I had to choose a different venue- defintley a Detroit loft.
Post # 5
Aside from the date, the venue was the most important to me! I wanted something that overlooked my beloved Rocky Mountains! I scoured photographer sites for the most photographic venues. I narrowed it down to something overlooking the Garden of the Gods. Can’t wait til this is what I see:
Post # 6
I was never a girl who planned her fairytale wedding, so when my fiance (then bf) asked me where I wanted to get married, I jokingly said, "Notre Dame de Paris, or maybe Chartres." That week he called and booked a chapel with Gothic architecture, a pipe organ and gorgeous stained glass windows. It is made all the more special because it is on his undergraduate campus. Given the beauty of the venue itself, we also have almost no decorating costs.
Post # 7
We’re having our Reception at my super small hometown’s Sons of Hermann Hall. Its a big ugly 70s out reception hall, but its one of the only options in my hometown and it will definitely give my DIY Fam an opportunity to use their skills!!
Post # 8
We’re having our reception in an old vaudeville theatre. The theatre is still used for live performances and movie screenings today. 🙂
Post # 9
we’re getting married at a vineyard. our ceremony will be indoors because weather can be uncertain in october, but assuming the weather is nice, it should make for some nice pictures.
Post # 10
Wedding is at an arboretum…or garden, but our reception is at a country club. We had a hard time picking a ceremony location, since we fell in love with our reception venue but hated the ceremony site they had…it’s hard to find a ceremony only place that ins’t a church!!!
We finally found the arboretum on the Cal State Fullerton campus, and it is gorgeous!! The ceremony will take place under a huge tree, and the guests will be sitting under their arbor. Very intimate and a little different!
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2008 - Oceanfront lawn and tent
We were married at a private home that we rented. I spent approximately thirty seconds on the property before deciding that I was SURE that I wanted to spend thousands of dollars to rent it… it was beautiful!
Post # 12
We chose our venue for the location, size, and the price. We are getting married in our hometown (even though neither of us lives there any longer); also many of our guests live in the area, so it seemed practical to have it where the most people were most likely to be able to join us for the occasion. The town is small, so choices were limited to begin with. When we started thinking about our guestlist, the choices were narrowed down even further, as some of the original possibilities don’t hold as many people. Finally, the price was right ($100 deposit for the ceremony- refunded following the clean up and $100 non refundable deposit for the reception area) and with our budget it just made sense!
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
You forgot something along the lines of "family home"! 😉
Post # 14
We’re getting married in the mountains. We met in Tahoe and both lived up there for a lot of our lives. To be married in the Sierras is extremely meaningful to us… and having our crazy friends outside for a party is probably a really good idea!
Post # 15
We’re getting married at a venue on a golf course, but it’s a public golf park, not a country club. Also, the venue is not your typical country club reception hall. It’s a semi-outdoor "pavilion" with about 2/3 under cover and a semi-circular patio over a pond, with oak trees that come up through the patio. We love our venue!
Post # 16
We’re getting married at a church, but only because my parents work there so not only are we getting the venue itself free, we’re getting to do some cool stuff with sound and lighting (it’s a pretty modern church, so actually the lighting will be awesome), and the cleaning crew will donate their time, etc. Add to that the photographer, dressmaker, and cake maker are all church members giving us awesome discounts just because of who my parents are, and it’s totally worth having a church wedding, even tho we’re not religious at all. ^_^