Post # 1
Sacramento area opinions are especially welcome.
We’ve been to two local venues and are in love with both of them. One is a bit more (by like 2000) than the other, but we can afford both. We already have a house/dogs so we aren’t really saving for anything except raining day and maybe a landscaping project.
One venue is a local restaurant that was a converted firehouse, exposed brick, fireplace, stained glass, gorgeous. I can bring in whatever centerpieces I want/candles etc. The menu is more limited and the bar is based on consumption if we host so that part is more uncertain budget wise. Cheaper option for location fee and food minimums.
The other venue is a local museum that was actually an old Victorian style house that was converted. It’s got the gleaming hardwood and the ornate details. I’m worried that this could be conceived as to formal for our crowd, and I can’t diy centerpieces which is not fun. The caterer is all based on local, sustainable food and will customize it for us. The bar is based on a per person price which means no suprises at the end of the night. Way more location fee rental, but food is flexible-ish so we can wiggle that way maybe.
I blogged about it here with additional pictures: http://thewordygirlchronicles.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/wedding-planning-is-hard/
Post # 3
Just from this info, I would go by #1. Especially because you plan on DIYing a lot of things. #2 is beautiful, but if you feel like it’s too formal, then it probably would be :/
Let us know what you pick!
Post # 4
The museum is gorgeous, but it sounds like the firehouse is more affordable. It has some really nice details in the photos on your blog and from your wistful tone about being able to do DIY etc, reading between the lines it sounds to me like you are leaning towards the firehouse and perhaps just need some reassurance.
My feeling is that both spaces are awesome and could be excellent venues. If the decor of the firehouse works with your vision, then I’d opt for that and put the extra money towards the honeymoon or saving for a house.
Post # 5
<3 the firehouse & <3 old town sacramento. I would have definitely considered this place if we decided to get married in Sacramento!
I love the personality the firehouse has over the galleria. I like restaurants and venue that echo a bit more of it’s own original feel to it? if you know what I mean. Like I couldn’t have just picked it up and moved it somewhere else. It belongs specifically to there.
Have you considered using the outside courtyard for your reception area? Or is that where you are doing the ceremony?
Post # 6
sounds like you have answered your own question- budget and look of wedding are major factors- if you go formal- you can’t diy- it is YOUR wedding- choose what YOU like
Post # 7
It’s nice when the venue reflects the couple. It sounds like #1 would be a great option and allow you to DIY, but make sure you are really happy with the menu choices.
#2 is stunning and beautiful, but it is formal. I do love the styling of #1 (my own personal preference).
It is a tough choice though. What does your Fiance think?
Post # 8
@Cappugcino: We already have a house, and we aren’t big on travelling, so it’s not so much about the money is that respect. I’m just cheap in general and the extra expense is making me feel nervous about my pennies. Ha.
I am a little bummed about the diy though, but I could make cool escort cards/guestbook and get my diy in that way.
I honestly don’t know WHAT I want. Fiance said that we can do whatever makes me happy. But I think he loved the museum more than the firehouse. I’m so indecisive.
This is my dress: Do you think it suits one reception more than the other? It’s the only element I actually have locked down.
Post # 9
I think #2 is gorgeous but very formal. I like the look of #1 almost as much and it seems like a much better fit.
Post # 10
I think the firehouse is gorgeous–the second venue is nice, too, but for 2 grand more, I’d want to be able to do all the things that were important to me, like DIY.
Post # 11
I love the restaurant/firehouse! I love the romance of it! xo
Post # 12
@Aug2011Bride: re: Outside ceremony. We are actually having a private ceremony before the party, so this will be only for the reception. Plus it will be in Feb and a little chilly outside (if not raining).
But courtyard is LOVELY though.
Post # 13
And just to clarify, I can diy, just not with fresh flowers. So any non-floral, no flame related centerpieces would be fine for the Crocker.
And thanks for all your thoughts ladies! You’ve given me a lot to think about!
Post # 14
I THINK the firehouse provides the heaters for outside?… I haven’t been a while but I thought they did? I love the exposed brick! Just to tease you, here are images of the courtyard outside all prettied up! Maybe you can arrange with the restaurant to have the outside as an option and the inside as a back up in case of cold/rain?…. or with the extra $2k, go and rent the heater lamps?
OKAY! I can’t look anymore! It’s going to make me have venue regret!
Post # 15
@Aug2011Bride: Haha those are so pretty! They do actually have heaters, and the canopy keeps heat in fairly well, so if it’s not raining we will be able to use the courtyard. It is gorgeous… and saving money is always good.
Post # 16
I agree it seems that the first one is more you… and if doing DIY centerpieces is important to you, then I woudl go with venue #1. You said the informality fits your guests better so its seems like b/w those 2 factors it will provide a more personal touch.