(Closed) Venue stress- Indoor or Outdoor? Need some advice ladies! (Pic heavy)

posted 7 years ago in Venue
  • poll: Which venue option do you like?

    Option 1: All outdoors with tents

    Option 2: Indoor reception with same theme

    Option 3: Indoor reception with different theme

    None of these, consider this instead (comment below)

    I know Iowa! Consider these options... (comment below)

  • Post # 17
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @chickspartan:  No contest.  Indoor venue (with any theme you want!). You said the outdoor site is basically free, except the cost of tents.  Tents are the most expensive venue to host an event & I don’t think you know this yet.  The indoor as pace is great!  And that deck is awesome, loaded with potential!  Lakeside no less!  This is an easy pick for me.

    Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I love the idea of a romantic woodland wedding.  Looking at your pros and cons list I would lean towards using a venue that is indoors and includes more then a park.  I worked as a catering manager/wedding planner for about 5years (in North Carolina so prices may be different in your area). To give you some ideas on pricing, renting tents started at about $150 per tent per day with set up and delivery fees extra.  That’s just the tent, not sides for it.  Then you have to add tables ($10 each and up), chairs ($1-10 depending on what kind).  Next you add in linens to cover tables.  Then you have things like heaters, fans, porta potties (depending on the parks facilities) Etc.  If you are having it catered that gets pricey too, as there isn’t much there for the caterer to work with.  When we did events at outdoor venues we charged extra because of all the extra work for us.  Remember you will have taxes and service charges on a lot of these things too.  

    Dont get me wrong, an outdoor woodsy wedding is gorgeous and can be amazing.  It just can be very hard to do on a budget.  Since it seems like you have a budget in mind, I would look at venues that include more and focus on decor to make the reception have the woodland romance feel you want.

    you could look at rustic centerpieces, maybe something that includes wildflower s, logs, moss etc.  Decorate with natural colors, and avoid a lot of white.  

    You could also keep looking for outdoor venues that offer a little more.  The botanical garden here has a gorgeous outdoor/woodland feel and a reception hall that can hold over 200.  

    Good luck in your planning!

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @chickspartan:  Indoor venue all the way! That place is beautiful, it sounds like it’ll be so much easier and I think it would be perfect for your theme.  It’s really a blank slate, but is very reminiscent of Frank LLoyd Wright.  The wood on the walls and stone fireplace are perfect for a romantic woodland setting.  Turn off the overhead lights, do some romantic soft uplighting, and if you want to splurge, rent wooden farmhouse tables instead of the round ones that are there.  Bring in a lot of planted ferns for greenery and to play up the woodland vibe, tealights on the tables for the romantic touch and you’re almost there.  Do you know if they’ll let you hang things from the ceiling, and how much time do you have to set up?

    Post # 20
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @chickspartan:  A quick photoshop of the indoor space to help you visualize it working with your theme…it’s not a great photoshop job so go ahead and laugh Tongue Out

    Post # 21
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think option 2 is easier to do and still gives you what you want.

    Post # 23
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Where in state are you looking? We ended up going for entirely indoor, but had initially looked at some outdoor options. I think the lodge could be really beautiful, and wouldn’t look disjointed at all. 

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have been to two outdoor tented weddings and to say the tent is distracting is an understatement. Go with the indoor space. You can definitely make it industrial/ modern rustic woodland. It will work.

    Post # 26
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

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    @chickspartan:  We looked around the DSM area, and liked the Tournament Club of Iowa (a golf course, but a really awesome vibe) and Jasper Park. We ended up going with the Temple for Performing Arts, so basically the complete opposite. Good luck!

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @chickspartan:  you sound less stressed about things! I think your vision of industrial romantic woodland is lovely and I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Hope it’s ok if I offer some more ideas. 🙂 

    If you want to soften it up you could do draping like in your industrial inspiration pic. Cheesecloth would work well, and it’s inexpensive.  You could also tea dye it if you wanted to go more rustic woodland with it. Tension rods could be used for the windows without damaging anything. Do not try and set anything up yourself the day of! Trust me, I’m fairly low key, and with a 5:30 ceremony there’s no way I could have spared a couple of hours to decorate, although I did have as much stuff prepped before hand as possible.  Those chandeliers are gorgeous, but logistically, a lot of work, even if the venue allows you to hang them up. You’d either have to rewire them so you can plug them into an extension cord, or go with candles/battery lights…and once your tables are set up who’s going to climb up and light/turn them on? There’s a couple of alternatives  I can think of.  Hang strands of crystal garland as a backdrop and use uplighting to give them sparkle or use candelabras on the tables and hang the crystal strands from them. You could also use white tree branches to hang them to bring in the woodland. Use shepherd hooks to hang chandeliers and lanterns off of. You could use buckets with cement to keep them upright and you can move them wherever you want them. There’s also a lot of pics floating around Pinterest where people have wrapped tulle around strands Christmas lights that might work for your vision. 

    Post # 28
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    Busy bee

    I am reading this and in fear because I have a tent wedding!! Lol. The tent rental is was the cheapest that the zoo offered and was sort of neat. It is right next to bathrooms and the pricing was clear on its face. No worry for heating due to the date and we are passing out hand fans. However, they place a lot of foliage around to keep the place cool. We ARE spending money on uplighting and the floor is cement, which is not even remotely exciting for me. Still, I like that it is outdoors. I would not have chosen a tent if it were not semi connected to a building with a ton of ammenities. I can also see the draw backs, but also went with what was more convenient and affordable. So…I kind of vote the indoor space that you fall in love with! Or search out a tent that has some more ammenities?

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    @chickspartan:  I haven’t read through the whole thread yet, but I just wanted to say that the expense of renting tents and all the stuff they need is very dependent on location. We’re doing a tented reception, and the prices of renting stuff (tent and all furniture, dishes, linens) is around $2000. I shopped around extensively looking at lots of different rental companies, which is how I found inexpensive options.

    Try looking around at the different companies in your area. 

    For what it’s worth, I think that having the ceremony in a park in the woods, and then the reception in that pretty modern space, would be great. The modern building has enough elements of stone and wood to make it easily decorated to look woodsy!

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    @CurlyCue:  Why were the tents at the weddings you went to so awful? I went to a tented wedding recently and it was great, everyone seemed comfortable and happy. I’m wondering because I’m sort of intending to have a tented wedding, as for us I think it really will be cheaper than the other options in the area, but what you said concerns me.

    Post # 30
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    @MrsDogMama:  I know, this thread is making me nervous about my probably tented wedding too!!

    Post # 31
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    @creiddylad: both weddings were in beautiful venues. Beautiful! How do I know this because I Googled them before attending the weddings. By the time we all sat down to eat and enter the dinner and dancing portion the sky was dark. The beautiful surrounding was lost. While it may have been more difficult to the venue in the dark when I stepped out of the tent I noticed there were lights around the grounds. This was completely lost underneath the tent. Both weddings had those tall topiary floral centerpieces and those looked so out of place against all that white vinyl, plastic tent. A super high tent may look nice, but I felt I was in a plastic bubble.

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