Post # 1
I’m having a dilemma. We found this awesome venue
Look at the image of the ballroom with the chandaliers – thats where we’d have it. and you can rent the carousel! We want to have a 1920s theme so its perfect.
BUT – the surrounding area is so industrial and ugly looking
So I don’t know what to do! I don’t want guests to be turned off by it when arriving. However, speakeasys were often held in unassuming places so we were trying to see if it could work and incorporate that into the theme? The other option is a gorgeous barn on a farm but it wouldnt really go with the 1920s as much and we wouldnt be able to personalize much.
Any thoughts would be great!
Post # 3
As a guest, I don’t really care what the venue looks like on the outside. If it’s gorgeous on the inside, go for it!
Post # 4
It’s YOUR wedding! If you like it, GO FOR IT!!
Post # 5
I think the venue is fabulous! And like you said, speakeasys are supposed to be tucked away in the middle of nowhere,so it totally works.
We have the same dilemma. Our venue is perfect, it’s a dinner theatre, which is perfect for our 1940’s old Hollywood wedding, but it’s in an industrial part of town which isnt the prettiest. However it is within walking distance of the hotels, which is a bonus. The way I figure, most guests will be inside all night and won’t notice.
I think we are going to have a pretty backdrop setout outside for picture, so that’ll pretty it up soMe! Lol
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
I totally get where you’re coming from- this is the type of thing I would get worried about.
However, as you said, speakeasys were in oddball places, and, let’s be honest, your guests are at most going to make one comment about the odd surroundings- and they’ll only do this in the car, wondering if they are in the right area.
Once they get inside, they’ll forget what it looks like outside the walls.
Looks fantastic, go for it!
Post # 7
@kt235021: I think it’s even better that the outside is ‘ugly’ – people will show up and maybe be like, bleh this place seems so industrial, how boring.
And then they walk inside and it’s like BAM this is awesome!!!!! 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I like it, I say go for it! No one will really care what the outside looks like. Some people don’t even care what the inside looks like
Post # 9
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I think the outside will make the inside look all the more impressive. Unless they have been to that events center before they will have no idea what to expect then BAM! WHOA! WOW!
Post # 10
You guys are great thanks! I think you’re right – there are parks nearby as well where we can take some outdoor photos. And it will be early April so I don’t think people will be going outside really – even at my sisters’ weddings which were in warm weather, everyone just stayed inside the venue and danced. And I think we could maybe on the invitations allude to the “secret” location or something haha. Putting myself in their place, I would be so excited to be at a non-typical venue. And this way we can really DIY which we love! I feel a lot better, thank you
Post # 11
It’s gorgeous! And the outside just looks industrial, not like ghetto scary or anything. I think it really lends itself to the 1920s speakeasy vibe.
Post # 12
I think it will be fine. If you’re worried about outdoor photos and aren’t having the ceremony at a church or someplace with pretty landscaping, why not do your first look/bridal party photos at the park, or invite your bridal party to a day-after session?
Post # 13
There is a gorgeous park a mile down the road where we would love to have the ceremony – but its an awkward distance – too far to walk in heels, too short to rent a whole bus…will have to figure that out! We wanted to rent a bus to bring people to the hotel after the reception so people won’t have their cars. decisions decisions!
Post # 14
I say go for it. Looking at the google earth images it looks like it was winter…and you’re getting married in April. The grass will be green and the trees will have buds on them, which will help make it not look so industrial!
Post # 15
I love it! Beautiful and unique, plus the outside adds character:)
If people are turned off by the outside, they will be that much more blown away when then walk in. I say do it!!!
Post # 16
Remember the saying “it’s what’s on the inside that counts”
That definitely applies here 🙂