Post # 1
Fiance and I have been searching for a venue since about a week after we were engaged. We’re getting married next february in Ohio (i.e. INDOORS 🙂 ) and we want to do the ceremony/reception in the same place (both because we don’t want people driving around in an unfamiliar city in the snow more than necessary, and because Fiance is not religious and is uncomfy with a church wedding). Add to that a relatively low budget (trying to get ceremony/reception venue + rentals + food + alcohol + service fees + taxes for under 6500 for 110 ppl)… we have had no luck. Until yesterday.
We went to a place we both kind of loved. It is super industrial, which is great bc neither of us is into the ballroom vibe. Think tons of exposed brick, concrete floors, and chrome paired with twinkle lights and modern chandaliers. I wish I’d remembered my camera!! Plus its got big windows that overlook downtown and ample free parking. Best part is, we could do both ceremony and reception comfortably for about 7500, which even though its over our budget is the cheapest we’ve found so far. Fiance is ready to sign the papers but I’m scared about it being two floors.
Basically, the venue spans two floors with an open staircase at one end. In the middle of the top floor is a cut-out to below with a railing. So we’d do the ceremony upstairs, then downstairs for cocktails/appetizers, then upstairs for dinner (they flip while we drink), and dancing is downstairs after dinner. I”m okay with it all until the last part…. I do think it’d be really cool to do our first dance here because people could be both downstairs with us and looking down at us from the cut-out (thinking of the amazing twirly birds-eye photos!)… but I’m worried that because the dancing is separated from the tables for dinner not that many people will dance. Or people who dance will feel totally cut off from the people who don’t. There *is* seating downstairs, several loveseats/ottomans, a few cafe tables, and then just extra chairs. But I am stressing because this venue isn’t the normal all-one-room kind of thing.
Has anyone been to a wedding where the dancing wasn’t in the same room as dinner? Did it work out okay? Was it awkward?
Post # 3
I have not only been to many weddings where this was the case, this will be the case at my own. It’s not an issue. People tend to follow the bride and groom whereever they go in the venue. Just have the dancing happen after dinner.
Maybe also cut the cake on the dance floor? This is what one couple did and that drew everyone into the separate space for dancing.
It sounds like a great venue and I would not let this stop you!
Post # 4
Thanks! that makes me feel better. And the cake thing is a great idea! That will be a really good way to get everyone downstairs.
Post # 5
Hi!I think your venue sounds wonderful! I LOVE industrial, open and exposed bricks!!!
I don’t think the two level will be an issue. Many brides have done it including Mrs. Bruschetta.
But, I do understand your concern! But I think because you will be able to “see” the two spaces it will be fine.
What’s the name of the space? Maybe you can find a website or some pics on Flickr!
Post # 6
I think the place sounds great! I looked at a venue that actually had 3 floors, where they moved from the ceremony, downstairs to the cocktails, then to the top floor for dinner, then back downstairs for dancing and cake. It seemed a little crazy, but they assured us that it worked really well and we talked to someone who had there wedding there before, and they loved it! They thought that it was coordinated so well and the transitioning between floors wasn’t a problem. This place sounds wonderful!
Post # 7
We are having our reception at this venue, also – in July.
I have yet to talk to someone who has had their wedding here, but am also anxious to hear their reviews. So I guess I can’t offer you too much yet!
Must not be awful because they are booked up (through Sept 2011 I heard?!)! People will enjoy themselves. If you have room, utelize or add more lounge seating on the first floor so people can sit and visit but not dance and still get to be near you. And with only 110 people, you’ll have plenty of room. If you’re worried about people stuck bored upstairs, maybe set up your own photo booth (camera, tripod, backdrop, props) so people have stuff to do upstairs if they want to get away from the dance floor. Its been my experience that more people don’t dance, than those that do.
Best of luck! Don’t be deterred. Its a great venue, with lots of character. We just did our tasting this week and it was delicious! 🙂
Post # 8
I think your venue sounds great! I am having my reception at a mansion and it has three different floors. I’m a little worried about it but not too much. I think everything will turn out really well in the end and I think your reception/ceremony will be great, too! I would definitely go for it if you like it and it sounds like it’s not too out of your budget. I wouldn’t let the two floor thing deter me if I were you.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I think it will be totally fine, like Wildstyle said, people tend to follow the bride and groom…It sounds like a great bargain and a beautiful venue so I say go for it!
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2010 - Ladder 15 Restaurant
Corgi, I wouldn’t worry about it! We were going to do the same exact thing, and while that venue didn’t work out for us (just because of the location), it was such a cool place that I know we could have made it work if it had been right for us. It sounds like you have a similar situation where you’ve found THE place, and it really doesn’t matter if it’s two floors…you’ll make it work and you’ll have a blast!
Post # 11
I actually went to a wedding in a 2 floor building recently and it was lovely. The cocktails were downstairs and then dinner upstairs around the railings. The only problem was during the dancing after dinner. Sometimes you would hear a great song while sitting at your table upstairs and you couldn’t get downstairs before the song ended! There was no seating downstairs, so people were constantly going up and down when they wanted to sit. I would suggest having some seating and maybe the the tall cocktail tables during the dance portion of the reception in the downstairs area.
Post # 12
Yay!! I’m SO glad that so many people have seen this work. I think that I’m just scared because its such a HUGE purchase and I’m scared of having buyers remorse. Plus the fact that I haven’t actually seen it done. I’m going to go read Mrs. Bruschetta’s recaps to see her 2 story venue!
Also, for those who asked, this is the website http://www.venueatsmithbrothers.com/ but there aren’t really too many pictures that show of our exact space. They have two areas and the one we would not use (the one with the vaulted ceiling) is featured in most of the pics. 🙂
Post # 13
quick bump for the night crowd to see if anyone else has been to 2-floor weddings? I looked at Mrs. Bruschetta’s profile but she doesn’t have her pro pics up yet 🙂
Post # 14
Actually I know someone who was at her wedding and the 2-floor arrangement worked out great. In fact the person I know said she wished she could do the same thing. Evidently people danced all night because after dinner they all went down to the dance floor. She had her cake down there too I believe.
Post # 15
Awesome! I found more pics of it on this blog: http://blog.emilieduncan.net/site-visit-the-loft-at-smith-brothers/ if anyone is interested. Doesn’t really show the cut-out area to look down below, but you can see basically what the place looks like. 🙂