- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
My fiance and I are having our reception at the penthouse of a beautiful landmark building in our city. The penthouse was closed for YEARS up until a few months ago. It has a beautiful slightly-redone-slightly-distressed look to it, with two levels: the highest floor (in the picture below) and the floor just below it, where you get off the elevator. The problem is that the lower floor is REALLY undone, with bad lighting, really distressed walls (not pretty-distressed, just really, really ripped apart), and other areas that are in bad shape. That floor needs some major work to look nice for our event.
We’re not hiring an event planner or decorator and instead are decorating the event ourselves. Mom and I are actively talking every week about decorations, but it’s hard to really get into things without seeing the room again. There are very few pictures of the place available because of how new it is, and we’re the first wedding reception to book there (they’ve done tons of events before, including events for the mayor, our local sports teams, businesses, etc).
An example of what we are thinking: Grandma has a huge persian rug that we’d like to use, but I’m not sure if it’ll fit because of a weird floor layout. Or we were thinking of hanging string lights across the ceiling instead of using the harsher industrial light, but then we can’t use hooks or nails or anything, so we don’t know how well these lights would stay up. I’d love to do a test-run, putting them up to see if they’ll hold.
In this case, how often is it acceptable for me to return to check out the place? It’s a wine tasting room now, available by appointment only, or usually used for private events. If I need to go up there, I have to meet with an owner, since you need a key to get to the penthouse. I don’t want to be a pest and have them cancel our contract or something.