Post # 17
We are doing ours outside. Details: we’re having the DJ to provide mic for our friend/officiant and us, my dad’s friend will be playing acoustic guitar (from the fire escape) and we’re doing a ceremony “in the round”. We only rented 20 chairs, 10 for each side of the “alter”, for our parents and elderly. Everyone else will be standing around the alter in a half circle to create a more intimate ceremony. If it rains (since it IS august) we’ll go inside to their setup there. It just didn’t make sense for us to rent chairs for people to sit for a 15 minute ceremony. We also asked if we could move the church pews outside but they said since they are consigment they can’t.
We’re also having our caterer provide a huge old fashioned pitcher of lemonade for people outside and our programs will be fans (got the DIY from weddingbee!).
Post # 18
I’m in the process of booking at Salvage One for a Sept. 2014 wedding! Some of these posts were from over the summer, but wondering if anyone has anything to add about the caterer options they provide? You have to go with their preferred list, which has a variety, but I’d be interested to see what people thought.
Also, additional dos and don’ts. Did anyone get married offsite and do only reception? That’s still up in the air for me. Anything you didn’t like about the ceremony there or something you’d recommend that did work.
Post # 19
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
First of all, good choice! 🙂 They do have a preferred vendor list for caterers, but we got around that a little bit- maybe because we booked so early- we got married in May of this year but booked the venue in Sept. 2010.
ANYway, we had Smoque BBQ and City Provisions work in tandem for our catering. CP did the apps, bar, salads, service, and a side for us while Smoque provided the main course. I highly recommend City Provisions, which is on SO’s vendor list anyway. We loved them long before we got married and working with them for our day was amazing. Cleetus is the sweetest guy ever. I swear to god, he teared up when he saw me for the first time on our wedding day. And he makes delicious local, sustainable food 🙂
We did the ceremony outside and I rented 50 chairs because I didn’t want so many people standing. Definitely have a mic for anyone speaking. We were torn about doing it inside or out- both are beautiful options. If you’re leaning toward having a traditional aisle to walk down, I would go with indoors.
Our wedding was one of 6 in the family over 13 months and we kept getting pulled aside at all the other family weddings, having people tell us that ours was the most fun, most unique wedding they’ve ever been to- the venue played a large part 🙂
Post # 20
We are getting married at Salvage One with the wedding indoors. I wanted a more traditional feel, so the chapel area there was the selling point. I also love the idea of having those big pillars and large open space as our “cathedral.”
We are going with Goose Island for catering. They are also doing our beer and mixers, since that is an extremely important part of our wedding. We are huge fan of their food and Tim is an awesome coordinator. He has been responsive and creative every step of the way. Plus, their event catering is getting huge in the city. They do everything from Lolla to Millennium Park events.
Post # 21
We were at a wedding there in early September and the ceremony was indoors. It was absolutely beautiful, unique and fun.
A couple of things I took away from the location…
-there is no air conditioning downstairs so it was really hot during the ceremony and cocktail hour which was also downstairs. (The AC upstairs was great)
-the bathrooms were somewhat difficult to locate and allowed for only one occupant at a time (as opposed to a ladies/men’s room with multiple stalls). Right after the ceremony, one of the kids locked himself in there for like 20 minutes so there was a large line formed of people waiting to use the restroom
Overall, I loved it. Lots of fun and a really beautiful venue.