- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
For years I’ve had this crazy dream of getting married in a theater. When we first got engaged, I dragged my fiance all over the city looking for something that fit our budget, style, and needs. I almost gave up but LUCKILY we found this old theater that was recently remodeled and I fell in love with it. We put the deposit down and I was SO excited.
But now that I’m thinking about details of the wedding, I am worried about a bunch of logistical issues and am freaking out.
* Location – the theater is technically in a “suburb” of Pittsburgh, but it has a small city feel. On street parking, crowded buildings, lots of traffic lights, etc. All roads leading to this place are heavily trafficked areas no matter what day or time you travel them. And even though it’s technically only a 20 minute drive to the reception site, the routes leading there are also always jammed with traffic.
* Decor — Since it’s a theater, we have to be out of there by 5:00pm both on the rehearsal day and the ceremony day. This is fine except for the whole decoration thing. We’ll have the rehearsal there Friday before the wedding, probably in the afternoon, but we can’t decorate that day because they’ll be having a performance that night. How in the HELL are we going to get the decor up the morning of the wedding? We’ll be running around getting our hair done, etc. I’m keeping the decor minimal (wedding arch, bows on the ends of aisles), but still … when are we going to get it done? And who is going to clean it up when the wedding is over?
* “Getting Ready Pictures –” There is a space for the wedding party to get ready at the theater. They have a basement that’s finished (the lobby is actually pretty nice), and large, open bathrooms with a seating area. Unfortunately, the lobby is kind of plain and even though the bathrooms are nice … they’re bathrooms. And the space is wide open, and my fiance and I don’t want to see each other before the ceremony, but this will be kind of hard if we’re taking pictures in the same spot!
* Lighting — I just found out last week that “full house lighting” is VERY low. Picture the way a theater looks before the lights go out when the movie starts. The theater director gave me contact info. for a lighting guy they’ve worked with and he said he’s excellent and relatively cheap ($100 – $200 for what we’d need), but I’m worried about how this will affect the pictures. Plus we are on a really tight budget and I don’t know if we’ll be able to swing the extra money.
Am I worrying for no reason? Does anybody have any suggestions???