Post # 1
I’m new here and would appreciate opinions as I make a final decision on my venue for Spring 2015!
My top choice venue is a NYC hotel that does up to 2 weddings per Saturday evening. One wedding is a 150 person minimum and the second is a 75 person minimum. Both weddings are the same price per person. I would be the 75 person event.
The 2 events are on opposite sides of the hotel. Each wedding has its own dedicated coordinator for the evening. Restrooms and elevators are separate.
I would be willing to choose a slightly off-peak month as well as adjust my start and end time. For example, I could pick late March and do 5pm-10pm, if the other event is 6pm-11pm. I would also be willing to take pictures in the lobby and common areas early, for example 1-3pm.
I plan to ask lots of questions to tease out whether I’ll have any problems, but I would appreciate opinions, should I abort on the 2 wedding venue? Any horror stories?
Post # 2
I would suspect that if they do 2 weddings in an evening and have seperate facilities for each, they’re fairly experienced in the process and wouldn’t have issue.
I’d suggest combing through reviews to find any drawbacks or negatives and take a list of questions to your meeting with them!
Post # 3
I’ve worked in an elegant country inn where we would sometimes have 6 concurrent (!!!) weddings and up to 10 events a day. We are professionals and we know how to take care of more than one thing at a time. If you have a dedicated coordinator, you’re gonna be just fine. The kitchen and wait staff all know how to take care of two parties at once, and there’s a really good chance that there’s going to be dedicated kitchen and/or wait staff anyway, so the ones working your party won’t have a thing to do with the other party. I would assume that a NYC hotel will have dedicated wait staff for each event plus a chef supervisor for each event, and some overlap in the kitchen line staff (which is not a problem at all as long as there is someone directing traffic in the kitchen).
The only details I would want to nail down would be:
-What are the restroom facilities like? Are there enough for everyone?
-Since it is NYC I would not expect there to be easy parking but it might be worth seeing what the parking situation is like, so you can tell your guests. If there is a garage that only holds 40 cars and the other wedding starts 30 minutes before yours, then you should tell your guests to arrive in taxis or hire a shuttle bus for your guests.
-Is there ever a problem with sound carrying between the two events? Again probably not, in a large hotel, but it’s wise to get your expectations set properly, as well as being able to advise your DJ.
-Are there any restrictions on when vendors such as florists can deliver? Any potential issues with your florist and the other party’s florist trying to deliver at the same time?
But these are just for managing logistics and I don’t see any reason why your venue, if they’re professionals, can’t do two parties at once.
Post # 4
I had my wedding in a 2 event venue, and it was fine! I got to see the other bride and congratulate her lol. We did however have a couple wedding crashers since our wedding went later than the other, but we had a cash bar and they didnt cause trouble, so it really wasnt a big deal. It was just kinda funny. I wouldnt hesitate to book a 2 event venue again, they know what theyre doing!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for the opinions. And very funny re the wedding crashers.
Post # 6
Thanks again so much. I finally made it back to the venue to ask my detailed questions.
I am confident that the 2 weddings are well managed and that the 2 spaces are distinctly separate.
1) The bigger wedding would have priority in scheduling photo time at the hotel. We would likely be able to take photos earlier in the afternoon, but the other wedding would have priority.
2) The hotel would try to manage so that the other wedding party isn’t in plain sight as our guests are arriving, but there are no guarantees.
Would you be ok with this?
Post # 7
For question one, how big of deal is having pictures in the hotel for you? If it isn’t a prioity, I wouldn’t worry about them getting to take their pictures at first come. You are in NYC, I’m sure there are tons of places to take pictures that will look amazing!
As far as seeing the other wedding party, as a guest, I really don’t care. I have been to a venue with multiple weddings, and saw the other bridal party. We congradulated them as well and moved on to our party.