Post # 1
Ok so I’ve narrowed my options down to two venues and would like your help in deciding! I’m going for a more modern wedding..
I’ve chosen either:
The Petroleum Club which is located on the 43th floor of Exxonmobil building downtown and has a gorgeous view of the skyline! It is the cheaper of the two but I just don’t like the gold accents (especially the chandeliers) in the room (my color scheme is white, purple and silver):
Or — Hobby Center of Performing Arts. I would use their grand lobby to hold a wedding reception there. It’s more expensive.. I would say about $6-7k more since I would need to bring everything in from the outside.. catering, rentals and such.. but I love the space and windows. I’m just debating if it would be worth spending the extra bucks here. Here are a few pictures of the area:
^View of the lobby at Hobby Center
Outside of Hobby Center–I believe we can put our picture on the big screen there
^Where cocktail hour would take place and guests would enter
Please let me know your thoughts! Which venue would you select and would you spend the extra money for Hobby Center?
Post # 3
hows parking for both locations? can both hold your guest list ? whats the requirements for the hobby center– u clean up? you set up ? ect..
Post # 4
I actually don’t mind the lighting in the first one. But that VIEW! wow! people will be talking about that forever!
Post # 5
I’m sorry, but there is no comparison. #1 is way more elegant. don’t worry about your color scheme not matching the gold. No one will notice.
Post # 6
Parking sucks at both locations… I will be paying for valet for both and valet is cheaper at Petroleum Club, option #1. Both can hold up to 300– my guest count is at 200. And yes unfortunately at Hobby center I would have to hire someone to break down.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2012 - The Chapel of the Sir Christopher Wren Building, 2007 Legacy Hall
The Petroleum Club is gorgeous! (And cheaper?) I say go with it! Like the PP stated, no one will notice the gold in the chandeliers once it is decorated with your scheme. Good luck!!
Post # 9
I actually LOVE the lighting in the first one. I vote for that one.
Post # 10
They’re both very nice, but it sounds kind of like you like #2 better. When I wasn’t sure which venue to pick for mine, everyone told me that the guests will be so focused on the bride that they wouldn’t even notice the view, so I ended up picking the one without. Do what reflects you and your interests the most so that you won’t have regrets! =o)
Post # 11
LOVE the skyline views! You would need little to no decorations. That’s got my vote!!
Post # 12
Petroleum Club is definitely my pick! It’s absolutely beautiful, the skyline is amazing, and you wouldn’t have to pay all the extra money for catering, rentals, etc. I wouldn’t want to worry with having to rent all the stuff and paying for a breakdown fee. If I was deciding between these two, Petroleum would absolutely be my venue.
Post # 13
I personally would select the Petroleum Club. To me, it is far and away the most beautiful of the two venues. The elevated view from a higher floor in the building, window treatments, chandeliers, gorgeous wood flooring, beautiful chairs, etc. all make it the more elegant of the two. I don’t like the fact that the Hobby Center is street level and that it has no window treatments to break up all of that glass. I also don’t think the atmosphere is nearly as elegant. I definitely would not pay more for the Hobby Center, and I don’t think I would even choose if it were less expensive than the other venue. However, that’s just my personal opinion.
Post # 14
I think the Hobby Center looks like a school gym. The Petroleum Club is really beautiful and the view is a plus.
Post # 16
I’m with PP that I don’t think anyone will notice the gold accents at all. If you think about events you may have attended in other buildings – hotel conference rooms, etc. – do you honestly remember very much about the details of the building itself?
The view, though, I do think will stand out. That’s just amazing.
In my opinion, you really seem to like the second option based on the number of photos you posted and the little details like mentioning that you could put up your picture. If that’s what your heart is really pulling you to do, then pick the second option. It will be far more work, and probably even more expensive than you’re predicting intially predicting unless your estimate is really detailed. But, if it’s always going to be over your head that you picked the first one and didn’t truly love it, then spend the extra money (if you have it) and go with the choice you won’t regret.