Post # 1
Although I’m not currently engaged, well, a girl can dream right?
This is a quaint old building about 2 hours from my hometown and 2 1/2 from my not-yet fiancé’s.
I’m worried about using a building without a roof-do you think I could cover it in case of bad weather?
I also want to use building for the reception as well? Any suggestions for converting it into the reception room?
I do know of another bride who used this building only for the ceremony, but have been unable to contact her as of yet.
Because I’m having a Harry Potter inspired wedding, the lack of roof combined with a late evening ceremony reminds me terribly of the Great Hall.
Post # 3
Wow, I’m not religious, but that is a totally awesome looking ceremony venue. Is it big enough to hold a reception inside? If not, could you tent the reception next to it? I have no idea if a place like this would let you attach anything to the walls to use to block the weather. You should contact them and see what they say as it’s probably a common question and they’ll have a preferred way of dealing with it. Otherwise, buy a bunch of black umbrellas and yellow/gold striped scarves….harry potter theme sounds fun…Seriously you have ot find some way to hang a bunch of single candle sticks across the top. Just google harry potter great hall for pics.
If they will let you hang stuff, why not look for some tapestry/flags from HP?
Post # 4
First of all, I think it is AWESOME!!!!!! that you are having a Harry Potter themed wedding. I sincerely hope that you post some pictures of it!
As for the roof cover, I imagine it would be pretty hard to do since the building is so tall but you could call around to rental companies to see if they have a large enough tent. Worse case scenario you could rent some tents and set them them up outside the building.
Post # 5
@shavri: Oooh! I love the idea about the umbrellas and scarves! Also, I think it would be so cool if there were red, blue, green, and yellow umbrellas each representing one of the houses in their own labeled umbrella stands (blue = Ravenclaw, etc.). Maybe then guests could choose which house to affliate with?
Post # 6
Hi, I’m another waiting bee (I mostly lurk). I logged in just to say that that venue is beautiful… and perfect for a couple who can’t decide (or agree…) between getting married indoors or outdoors. It reminds me a lot of Mrs Poodle’s gorgeous outdoor chapel (http://www.weddingbee.com/2011/06/01/handmade-amor-our-chapel-and-rings/#more-200476).
The umbrella idea is pretty neat. As far as decoration, if feasible and safe, you could suspent strings of fairy lights to form a sort of roof. These could be switched off for the ceremony, and switched on for the reception, thus serving the dual purpose of looking Harry Potterian (compare the candles suspended in the great hall) as well as changing the mood of the space as the event progresses.
Something like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/91043275/ or this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/1990134004/in/pool-partyrental/
Also, apparently you can sometimes get tents with clear roofs, so maybe you could maintain the beauty of your venue and stay dry at the same time! I have no idea how much they would cost though…
Post # 7
Thanks so much for your suggestions! I really love this building, but it’s not really a “venue” in that it’s just a historical landmark so you just have to contact city hall to use it I think– I could easily hold the reception next door outside if we have too many people for inside!
I’m not going to use the Harry Potter house colores necessarily because I don’t want it tol look like a tacky theme-more of the magical, elegant inspiration type stuff.
Post # 8
I would also suggest tenting the reception outside, next to the church. This will allow your catering staff to complete set-up and any last minute decorations during your ceremony.
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If the venue is big enough for the purposes of a reception, one option is holding a cocktail hour outside while they flip the room for the rest of the evening. Either way, though, you will need a tented area aside from the church itself in case of inclement weather.
Post # 11
It doesn’t look big enough to hold a reception but I would set up tents on the side of it.
Post # 12
wow that is amazing and awesome a venue!!!