Post # 1
So we have gotten our venues down to 2 – however, I can’t choose! We are having a fairly small summer wedding of 65 guests. These are the places:
Bank Street Events
They are pretty different from one another, but we love them both! These are the pros and cons:
Bank Street Pros:
All inclusive, except DJ, cake and photographer AKA easier
They set up and clean up
Convenient in downtown Stamford, where we first lived together
No outdoor ceremony, no outdoor capabilities (which seems a waste in summer)
Outside isn’t “picturesque” – it’s nice, but its city-ish and we love outdoors
Keeler Tavern Pros:
DIY – can customize more
Outdoor (or indoor in case of rain) ceremony location and indoor (air-conditioned) AND outdoor reception area
Beautiful gardens, can utilize outdoors
Limited set up/clean up time (two hours set up 1 hour clean up)
More work, have to get separate vendors. Would have to see if caterers could set up decor
Have to end by 10 pm
Any advice?? I love doing crafts but will I go crazy with having to do stuff on the day-of with the keeler tavern? Don’t know if we can afford a day-of coordinator. Thank you!
Post # 4
@kt235021: as beautiful as outdoor weddings can be, i did not want to be stressing about the weather. That made indoor a no-brainer for me. Both are beautiful though!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
I would say if Keeler is cheaper, book there and hire a DOC. The weather could be a bummer too but you never know.
Honestly you can’t go wrong with either!!!
Post # 6
@ivoryowl: Keeler does have an indoor space, I should have said. It has an indoor/ AC-ed room for dancing and eating, but the guests can also go into the gardens, which I like
@lealorali: They actually come out to be the same price after all is said and done-always seems to be the case!
Post # 7
I vote Keeler! It’s lovely to be able to be indoors if you want, or to step outside at a wedding; especially into beautiful gardens. The other venue just seems so…dark to me.
I’m weird, though, I get crazy about light. Love me some natural light…
Just be sure to pick decor that’s easily executable so you don’t make yourself nuts day of.
Post # 8
@DomesticDiva: haha yes the first place is definitely ‘moodier’ but it does have a nice feel. But what you are saying about it is one of the reasons I’m hesitant about it, because summer is so gorgeous and I’d love to utilize outdoors and natural light. Easy decor is a good suggestion…I’m known to get carried away. Hard to choose!
Post # 9
@kt235021: I had to go through a similar thing picking venues – my dream, outdoor venue, with a lot of DIY, etc… or the all-inclusive venue that did everything.
I picked the later. And, let me tell you, it was SO nice working with a staff who did weddings all the time. I didn’t have to worry about the flow/logistics because it’s what they did. And, seriously – after all the picking and planning weddings entail – you’ll be glad it’s one less thing to think about!
I’ll also add – I’m not a fan of outdoor weddings – especially July/Aug weddings (I’m in an area where it can be 100 degrees easily- and it’s no fun sweating in the heat!
Post # 10
@oracle: We’re in Connecticut – It can definitely get very hot and humid in the summer, but other times it can be amazing. Keeler has an indoor reception room with AC so if it were really hot we could go indoors-but then people wouldn’t really want to enjoy the outdoor gardens. I’m having the problem of wanting to control/DIY but then not wanting to have to worry haha. I also love outdoorsy venues but I’m having trouble finding affordable ones!
Post # 11
Outdoor weddings are so popular now and i think they suck esp in the summer. Sorry. That being said I just like the Tavern better, as it seems lighter, and I think it’s awesome to add all the little touches.
Post # 12
@kt235021: I think the DIY aspect along with the time the event must end would be the two biggest variables for me. Maybe it’s neither of those 2 venues and you should keep looking… BUT – I do think there is HUGE value in having things all inclusive. What DIY things would you not be able to do with the first venue that you think you might want to do?
ETA: The first venue had me at : set up and clean up 🙂
Post # 13
@TwoCityBride: There is an indoor reception area so it’s not outdoors, just has the option to be able to wander outside during the reception. There are photos of the inside room here http://natashamontero.blogspot.com/2012/08/kim-rod-married-keeler-tavern.html
Post # 14
I like the first one. The second looks like someone’s backyard and I cant see inside pictures so it doesnt seem as nice nor does it offer as much. Can’t you get outdoor pics in someone’s backyard if it will be nice out? My backyard has more going on than that. Plus, you dont have to set up or clean up or ask your bridesmaids to do it (u mentioned no DOC).
Post # 15
@oracle: Perhaps you are right, I just feel like we have looked so extensively! We are on a small budget so we can’t afford many places. I keep swinging from all-inclusive to DIY. I know all inclusive would be so much less stressful though! I guess I could do the same DIY things at the first venue, but like others are saying it’s a little dark and not very summery. It is very pretty though, in a different way
Post # 16
@gelaine22: There are also gardens/flowers
and the inside looks like this (although we would have the dance space in the middle with tables around perimter not like this)
we COULD take photos/have the ceremony elsewhere but then that adds a whole other place to have to travel. We might be able to afford a DOC if we cut back a little on some other things