Post # 1
So, although it was my second choice, I really liked our venue because it has an awesome stage that would make for a great rock show (amongst other things). We had tentatively booked our friend’s band to play, but now they won’t be able to do it. So we’re thinking about doing an iPod reception (since we can use the band’s sound equipment for free and FH is a total music snob and cant get on board with any other live acts- not that I blame him) and now I’m totally bummed about our place. I think it will look rediculous with an empty stage, and I find myself pinning for the place I love.
Has anyone else had venue remorse? What did you do about it?
Post # 3
Can you do something else with the stage? Is it big enough to be your dance floor? Is it too elevated to have the tables for the bridal party up there? Could you make it a lounge area for people who want to chill out and watch the "action" down below?
I don’t have so much remorse about the actual venue, but I sometimes wish we’d chosen a different city to have the wedding in. I’m from one place, Dear Fiance is from another, we live in a third … and now our location is not local to anyone. Maybe it would have been better to play favorites so that at least one group of family/friends would have an easy time coming.
Post # 4
I had major venue remorse because I picked my venue without doing much searching.
I think there’s got to be a way to make do! You can try putting the bridal party/head table on the stage, or put the cake table and gift table up there. Don’t give up yet, there are lots of ways to layout your venue to make it not look silly or empty.
Post # 5
Coleyjean- I agree with Mary-Alice and LatteLove, use it to your advantage.
Put the head table/sweetheart table up there.
Put a screen up there and have a slideshow running during the reception.
If you really want to get hi-tech, get a wireless video camera and have it broadcast onto the screen on stage!
Hang a banner of some sort- maybe even one that guests can go up there and sign as a keep sake.
Do your first dance up there.
There are lots of cool stuff you could to with it.
Post # 6
I agree with the previous posts. A stage is kind of unique. Not everyone has one of those for their reception. See if you can use it. And if your Fiance doesn’t want another band, could you use it for a different kind of entertainment? Or maybe have a super elaborate sweets table, that is unveiled after dinner. (Ice sculpture, lights… I don’t know how expensive it is. But it sounds like you’re saving money on music now.)