(Closed) Two Weddings at the same venue? Issues?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

There were 4 weddings at my venue the day I got married. There was one in the afternoon and they staggered three in the evening. I thought it was kinda cool to see the other brides/bridesmaids (my girls decided they had the best dresses) and it didn’t interfere with our pictures. I don’t think my guests cared that they saw other guests and everything was pretty seamless.

I did feel that our dinner was a little understaffed and we spoke with the venue after our wedding so I think you have a legit concern. In the end it didn’t ruin our day but I was annoyed that some tables were not served all at once. The parking thing would concern me as well. Could you do shuttle service to your venue to avoid lots of people needing to find parking? Odds are your venue does multiple weddings often during peak season and knows what they’re doing.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Personally I am suprised that this venue is willing to book two weddings in one day, because a lot of places wouldnt do it.  I think its best to find another place  because you dont to have to share the space with another wedding, what if their music interferes with yours and the  guests have a hard time getting a parking spot?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I’ve been to a few weddings where they’ve had more than one going on at the same time, and one of the most annoying things was the lack of extra bathrooms. Its SO much fun standing in line to use the facilities and to have random people just walking in the actual ballroom just to look around. Some were right next door to each other, and the music was annoying to hear over what was being played at the wedding we were attending. Parking was also brutal with quite a long walk just to get to the building.

Lots to think about!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ugh, that’s a tough one, but I think the parking and elevator would be a deal-breaker for me. I can’t believe they let one couple have the flipping elevator!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Look at this way just means you have good taste with another couple using a different floor. If the venue says they have done this before than I wouldn’t be worried about it. I would maybe just see if you can put signs out saying your last names wedding.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Look at this way just means you have good taste with another couple using a different floor. If the venue says they have done this before than I wouldn’t be worried about it. I would maybe just see if you can put signs out saying your last names wedding.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think my concern would be the level of service and attention should any problems arise. Ask them how many servers there will be for your reception. and If there is a coordinator on call that night or if there more then one coordinator (each party gets their own). Our original venue we had booked first and about two months later another group booked at the same venue but with 140 guest we had 26. The venue flat out said that the other wedding would have more of their attention as they will be shelling out 13500$ minimum. I was furious, we cancelled our contract and are STILL feuding over getting our deposit back. It states right in our contract that we would get it all back if we cancelled over 120 days in advance. We are over a year in advance. And still have see no refund. Venues give you the utter most attention when you’re booking with them.. BUT when things start going south they totally ignore you. I hope you have the wedding of youre dreams and that the venue regularly does two events at the same time cause then they would know how to give proper attention to both events.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to a wedding where the venue had 3 weddings in the same day and that was not a problem. If they have done it before, I would think they can handle it. However, I don’t tlike that your guests can’t use the elevator. The parking seems like something you could work around and a phone call should tell you what is avaliable to reserve vs. what has been reserved already. You may get lucky if the other couple thought they were the only ones and didn’t reserve parkling yet. Think about your guests, are any eldely or not so mobile and would need an elevator? I would discuss this with the venue and if they absolutely will not allow you use of the elevator, I would ask them to reflect that in the rental price (not such a big difference but maybe they will take $100 off since you do not have use of part of the facility).

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our venue often books two weddings for one day, they have one function room upstairs and one downstairs. We booked the upstairs room, no idea if anyone booked the other room after us. Also, our venue doesn’t even have an elevator – it’s a very old building. Considering our guest list (very few elderly folk, etc.), we decided it should be fine for our guests to walk up a flight of stairs.

I would think venues that are willing to book multiple events in one day are used to how to allocate staff and whatnot. I think it would work out fine.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

My venue also has scheduled two weddings for the same evening, and says they do it all the time. For us, the first wedding will begin at 5:30 inside, and the reception is moved outside. My ceremony follows in the same room at 7, and then we stay inside for the reception. I was nervous about this, but the planner assured me they do it all the time and because we’re indoors and their outside, we’ll never see them (it’s an aquarium, so the outdoor location will be far from us, and there aren’t many windows). Also, there are two planners on staff that serve as DOCs, and they coordinate the weddings separately and such that there is no overlap in the parties. We have separate dressing rooms and bathrooms. Does your venue offer anything like that?

My biggest concern would be parking. Ask if there are alternatives. My venue has a huge parking lot, but since the there’s a wedding before us, they’ll get all the closer spots. That’s annoying (especially since we have to pay for it!), but tolerable since there is plenty of parking.

The reserved elevator would also annoy me, but I don’t think it would be a deal breaker.

If it’s your dream venue, go for it.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t think I’d be comfortable with it. If I’m paying all of this money I want to know that the venue and its staff are dedicated to us and only us on the day of our wedding. Your concerns are valid and those alone will probably cause an issue. Also, with the increasing number of wedding day thefts happening now, I’d be worried about strangers from the other wedding, who are already dressed for the part, wandering into your area where most guests wouldn’t know the difference. 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

There was another wedding at our venue the same day as mine and in all honesty, we hardly knew they were even there.  Everything was seamless and they had staff who were specifically assigned to our event and our event only.

These venues deal with these kind of things practically every weekend.  What seems like a huge deal to us brides is just business as usual to them.

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