Post # 1
Being newly engaged, my fiance and I have just begun our hunt for the perfect venue. I’ve always thought Architectural Artifacts would be the perfect venue for a wedding and luckily the other half agreed.
My fiance is adamant about a summer wedding, and I’m happy to oblige. We went to visit Architectural Artifacts and get some information on the event space (vendors, rates, recommendations, etc.) We were thrilled with the price point and the venue, but we thought it would be wise to visit a couple more sites just to be certain we were making the right choice.
On our next stop, the wedding coordinator at another venue mentioned that Architectural Artifacts has NO AIR CONDITIONING. We were a little disappointed to learn that from someone other than the AA, but I called AA just to make sure we had the right info. We do. The event coordinator there told us that it’s usually not a big deal, people get fans and it might be a little warm but they still get plenty of summer weddings.
So here’s the question(s) I pose…
- Has anyone had or attended a wedding at Architectural Artifacts in the summer? If so, what was done to combat the heat (fan or air conditioning rental, etc)? And did it work?
- Any suggestions for comparable venues? We want something unique, but in a similar price point.
- Do I take a risk and just hope it’s okay and be prepared to sweat it out? (That sounds horrible, even as I type it!)
I appreciate any and all insight!
Post # 3
hi — I want to tell you about our venue, not AA but a place on the east coast — for the cocktail hour it was in a room the we THOUGHT had air conditioning, but didn’t. The place NEVER told us and when we went to see it in the winter, we ASSumed it did. Our wedding day was a scorcher and the cocktail hour was horrendous! They opened the windows and let the 90+ degree heat in! The worst was that we didn’t even know it would be without airconditioning. MY groom almost passed out. The cheeses were left to bake in the sun by the staff. our reception room had air conditioning, but cocktail hour sucked. Please don’t book a place without airconditioning, no matter how much you love it. Our entire wedding would have been ruined if there wasn’t air for the reception. And I had hand held fans for everyone and those did nothing.
Post # 4
Check out Salvage One. That’s where we had our wedding. We actually had it down to Salvage One or AA and we chose Salvage One. Here are our wedding photos too so you can see how we used the space throughout the evening.
Salvage One didn’t have AC downstairs (where we did cocktail hour) but it was fine and upstairs where we had dinner/dancing they did but it was still a little hot. We got married in August.
Post # 5
Oooh, also if I remember right I think AA made you hire security as well? Which adds on costs. Salvage One was I think $5,500 for the space (AND it includes all the chairs/tables! and is funky enough you don’t need linen) and then you just need insurance (cost us $315). We did our ceremony there as well.
Post # 6
This issue (and the costs once we surveyed some caterers), were what kept us from choosing AA. It’s a shame; the place is gorgeous and right there in our backyard, practically, but at the end of the day, I just kept picturing somehow having 80+ degree weather and my 94 year old granddad croacking or something. It wigged me out enough to look elsewhere.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t write the place off entirely just for the A/C. We live near there and also fell in love witht he place, but ultimately it was too large of a space and we were worried that our small number of guests would be lost in all that space. But we have been there several times during the summer and never felt uncomfortable there. They have tons of huge windows that they open up so you do get a breeze. Ultimately we chose Garfield Conservatory (also without A/C) and got married on a super hot day in September. We were sweaty but it was fine.
Post # 8
Thanks so much for the input ladies! We ulitmately decided to go with Ravenswood Event Center for our wedding. It’s in the neighborhood AND air conditioned! I can’t imagine putting 200 people in that space sans air conditioning at the end of August, no matter how much we loved it.