(Closed) Venue change, late in the game

posted 9 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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29 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

When I am not reading Wedding Bee boards and blogs, my job is as a meeting planner and I understand planning a meeting and a wedding are very different.  However, I work with the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau a lot and they are amazing.  You can find them at <font color=”#008000″>http://www.visitseattle.org. You should give them a call and see if they can offer some suggestions.  </font>

Post # 4
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3 posts
Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2009

wiglet,

Court in the Square was one of the first places we looked at too, it is so beautiful!  We decided against it though because the guy would not answer any questions and I read a lot of bad reviews on him regarding his pre-wedding conduct.  The weddings always seemed to go off without a hitch tho!  Personally, I think 150 should be able to fit in there ok, but if more people than you expect end up coming, it is going to be a really tight fit.  We decided on Lake Union Cafe which is a beautiful indoor venue.  The price per person is definitely a lot more but there is no rental fee.   Not sure they have anything open for July but its worth a try! Good luck!

Post # 5
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5 posts
Newbee

I didn’t look at your venue due to same talk lenamarie refers to.

We’re having a much smaller wedding (about 80), but weren’t able to find anything indoors that was at all nice for the price the Court in the Inn told you (and frankly I’d bet they were just setting the stage to nickle and dime you up to a more typical rate). 

Outdoors or tented might get you what you need, especially since it’s July…we would have but are getting married in Feb., indoors  (the venue + food for 80 is running about $4500, plus we’re providing the wine, flowers, cake, chaircovers, etc.).  Our venue would have been even more expensive in the summer (plus it’s too small for 150 really).

If we had planned the wedding for summer instead, we probably would have catered and rented linens and had it out in Maple Valley (not exactly Seattle, but the city of Maple Valley rents a nice woodsy lodge there, with a big window view of Mt. Rainier when it’s not cloudy, google "lake wilderness lodge maple valley wa") or at UW’s Center for Urban Horticulture.  Actually the Center for Urban Hort. is probably booked…and both of these venues have a higher base rate, but you can cater how you want.

Wish I could be more help!  I did all of the venue research myself (for lack of an affordable alternative) using Seattle Bride magazine’s directory and the internet, including Wedding Bee, Yelp, and Indie Bride’s Kvetch boards.  I only needed to personally visit about 5 places.  Anyway, didn’t you hire these wedding planner types??  I think if they can’t get you a venue or more suggestions, you ought to get rid of them pronto!

One more thing–was this to be a venue for both the wedding and the reception?  Maybe the 300 capacity they keep quoting does not include tables!  At our current venue, they said the indoor capacity was something like 175-200, but it wasn’t until later that we figured out that the only reasonable indoor space to hold a ceremony will only seat about 55–leaving us with about 20 people standing around the edges!  Pretty lame (pun not intended) but luckily it’s a short ceremony.

If either of you would consider a church/synagogue/temple wedding, one of these venues might have a space for the celebration after.  Even if you’re not a member, the fees may be lower…

Post # 6
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14 posts
Newbee

hi wiglet,

i checked out court in the square, and i think when bob says that the capacity is 300, he includes the space on the far side of the restaurant.  did he show you that space as well?  its usually not in any of the photographs of the venue. 

i’m not sure if it truly will fit 300 people or not… i don’t have a good sense of how much space that would require, but maybe you can clarify with bob that it would be 300 seated vs. standing, etc.

good luck!  court in the square is beautiful… i would have loved to have booked that place, but they didn’t have any dates i wanted!

 

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The standing capacity of a space will always be way higher than the seated capacity.  I would ask your venue if you can drop by and see what it looks like when they are set up for an event of a similar attendance.  Frankly we had our planner tell us some weird stuff about set-up that was completely inaccurate.  He wanted the tables at our venue set for 6 maximum or he was adamant it would be too crowded.  I had been to several events there where the same tables were set for 8, and it was fine.  Plus fewer tables means more space to walk between them, or to stand and socialize.  We over-ruled him.

Post # 8
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66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i don’t know if you already picked out a place yet, but you can try checking with the hotels…i know that wedding season for hotels are down in the summer because most people choose outdoor locations, so you can try bargaining with them. 

i’m getting married in the summer and having my reception at a hotel, and they lowered our food/bev min from what they charge in the fall and winter.  it’s still a little pricey, but this price covers a lot of things – tables, chairs, floor length linens, servers, risers, dessert – which the price seems comparable to other places where you have to rent tables, chairs, catering, etc.

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