Post # 1
I was wondering if any of you hvae or plan to have your wedding at a location that is open to the public, such as a park or a venue where the public has access (not to your immediate area but they can roam near by or are visible). What was the experience like? Or what hare you doing to make it more “private”? Anything I should look out for? We reserved a location that is set apart from the rest of the park but you never know… a picture of the area below.
Post # 3
I am not, but I went to a wedding at a public bay and it was a little hard to hear since the park was packed and had several other parties next to the ceremony. Rude people next to the ceremony even turned music on during a good part of it .. but i guess thats what happens .. its a public place afterall.
Post # 4
Friends of our got married on a public beach on the 4th of July. A little boy hit the bride with his ball as she walked down the aisle. People played music during the ceremony. Two drunk guys continued a game of horseshoes a few feet away. I sat on the end of our row and there were people in lawn chairs less than 3 feet away from me, watching the ceremony. It was hard to hear and I felt like, from a guest perspective, that the wedding lacked intimacy.
I’m sure you can pull it off, but this experience gave my Fiance and I a lot to think of when we started planning and we chose a private venue.
Post # 5
We’re having our ceremony in a park, but it’s fairly secluded location so I’m really hoping no one bothers us!
Post # 6
I went to a wedding at a semi-private venue – it’s a historic house with an attached visitor’s center, and they had only rented the house. The reception was great, but during the ceremony in the garden there were a bunch of little kids watching from inside with their noses pressed to the windows. Kinda weird, but we couldn’t hear them and I doubt the bride and groom noticed at all. I would say that being separated physically is pretty important, even if it’s by a low wall or trees or bushes, just something symbolic to say us here, you there. And the longer the ceremony is, the more likely it is that something will go wrong!
Post # 7
I’m having a ceremony in a public park, but it is relatively secluded. I’m hoping the vendors setting up will discourage most people.
But another friend of mine got married in a public location. People walked by and stared (two women getting married), but it wasn’t a big deal.