(Closed) Architectural Artifacts – To Air Condition or to Sweat?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
10 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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.

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