Post # 1
We are having our wedding ceremony in a restored theater that is currently operating as a non-profit organization.
Recently there have been rumors that it may have to close because cost of upkeep and to upgrade equipment is so much. And today on the news there was a story about how they need to raise $65,000 ASAP or they’ll have to close their doors.
My wedding is in 9 months so I am kinda freaking out.
I’m planning on emailing the theater director but I don’t know how much good that’ll do because he doesn’t even know if/when they’ll be able to raise the money.
It took us sooooo long to find a unique venue that we liked, fit our needs, and fit our tight budget.
I’ve already racked my brain thinking of other places to have our ceremony, but most places we already called/looked at/considered months ago and they didn’t work for one reason or another.
Plus, our budget is really tight. We have most of the “big” wedding stuff paid off, but we still need to buy decorations, favors, and make 2 big payments to the DJ and photographer. And we’re planning on buying a house soon so we’ll probably only be able to come up with …. $300 tops for a ceremony venue???
Ugh this seems impossible. I don’t know what to do.
I feel like all I can do is hope the theater stays open long enough … because even if it doesn’t, I have no idea what we’re going to do!
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
@Stace126: That sounds AWFUL! So sorry you’re dealing with this. Since you (probably?) signed a contract with them hopefully they will be able to keep the space until after your wedding, even if they arent running the organization. I would be in contact with them ASAP and as often as necessary until you can confirm one way or another that they will/will not be able to accomodate you.
Post # 4
that sucks, but just know that if it does you’ve still got nne months to find somewhere else.. my wedding venue for the ceremony had to be changed because my town had a flash flood, and the road to the venue was cut off, on top of theat the back road that peopoe could have used had a land slide 🙂 this was all the day before my wedding… YAY!! so i found another venue, and it was just as amazing!! you can cope with this!
ETA: this all happened the DAY BEFORE!!
Post # 5
Why not take up the fight and volunteer your time to help fundraise for the not-for profit? I am sure they can use all the help they can to try and raise the money.
Post # 6
O no!! I am so sorry! Is there something else that might work for a backup plan? Someone’s home? A park? People may be more willing to work with you if you tell them about the venue closing. Also, check with some more non traditional places, maybe a museum or something can help. Try finding a smaller nearby town for better pricing. It sounds like you already did everything I’ve mentioned , but I don’t know what else to suggest! Good luck!
Post # 7
Well, good news! The theater is NOT closing. Basically they need to raise the money to go digital (as in a digital, high-tech projector so they can show more movies).
The news story was their big PR event to make the public aware of their financial goals and to try and gain support.
The theater director emailed me to say no worries, we can still have the wedding there as they still plan on keeping their doors open with the old fashioned projector.