Reception venue closed – now stuck between two new venues with only 4 months!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Which would you prefer (as a bride or a guest)

    Speakeasy cocktail hour, patio, banquet-style venue

    Cocktail style venue

  • Post # 2
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    I’m so sorry this happened to you!!! What a stressful time too so close to the wedding. 🙁 based on the pictures and descriptions, they both sound and look AWESOME. I like quirky weddings and the speakeasy sounds perfectly quirky and fun! I know you said the main area was a little banquet-esque but is there enough room for guests to dance, mingle, etc? If so, I’d go with that one. I bet guests will talk about how unique and interesting a speakeasy would be even long after your wedding. However, you can’t really go wrong with either choice. Best of luck and again I’m sorry your reception venue closed so close to the wedding!

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee

    As a guest, I actually don’t like cocktail style weddings (assuming you mean limited seating and heavy hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal).  I like having a home base to put my stuff.  I don’t want to stand and eat or balance my plate and my drink and my purse.  I like not having to chase down enough food to constitute a full meal.  And as someone with dietary restrictions now, I almost never get enough to eat at cocktail-style receptions because I’m always told “Oh, we have 2 apps that meet your restrictions” and I just don’t want to make a meal out of deviled eggs and plain crudites, whereas caterers will make me a full dinner plate of food within my restriction for a proper dinner (such as they did at the wedding I attended today).

    Don’t get me wrong – I love apps and cocktails and mingling…for the cocktail hour.  I just don’t want a full-on multiple hour reception of it.  I want to have a set place to hold my stuff and set my drink and sit down when I need a break from dancing or whatever.

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee

    Duplicate post. 

     

    Post # 7
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    I actually prefer the cocktail style! My only question is about food. If your guests will only be fed minimally, that might impact it a bit. Will you offer a full meal or just appetizers?

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

    What time is the wedding going to be now? Cocktail will work totally fine if you do it outside of mealtimes, but some people might prefer a full meal if you do it at dinner or lunch. Something to consider. I love the look of the second venue, by the way!

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee

    I don’t love cocktail events – they can get really noisy, my feet hurt from standing in heels, and the meals end up feeling less balanced. I’d go with the speakeasy for sure.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    How many guests will there be? This will make a difference. A small event, cocktail style might work. Anymore than 30-40 people and it will be difficult to serve everyone properly.

    It seems as though both venues work for your desired colours/ambience/theme, this seems to be more of an ‘experience’ question. Rather than concentrating so much on the look and vibe, consider concentrating on the guest experience. With hours of 5-11pm,  most guests will prefer a meal over apps only. I went to a beautiful wedding that was approx 4-10pm, apps only (except no one was aware there was no meal) and everyone was STARVING by the end. In theory it sounded fun, but in actuality no amount of decor or vibe could convince me it wasn’t the worst wedding I’d ever attended. If you do go the cocktail party route, be sure your guests understand that and can eat a proper meal before they arrive. 

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