So I'm brand new here, just recently got engaged and just set a date! We are getting married in September '12 and I couldnt be more excited!
So heres the deal - I really really dont want a traditional wedding. I really dont want a hotel wedding or a church wedding or anything like that, so I have been searching for offbeat venues. Ive contacted a few art galleries and edgy rental spaces, and then last night came across a coffee house that rents out the space after hours. You cant really get more Seattle than a coffee house! We went and checked out the space today, it has exposed brick walls super high ceilings with wood planks, exposed air duct thingies, it was really really cool! exactly what i have been looking for
we talked with the owner and he pretty much said we can do whatever we want for food and alcohol, we can self cater or bring in whoever we want. we can supply the booze and their staff will serve it for no extra charge! also we can use all the tables and chairs located in the cafe, so dont have to bring in rentals!
the place is small though.. even though our guest list is only going to be 40-50 people, it isnt a big place. basically one big room with the front and one side all big windows right on a busy street corner. It just seems really small i think cause its one room.. you see everything when you walk in.. if that makes sense? im planning on having my ceremony and reception in the same area - have people sit at their tables and have the ceremony then, then serve food. But im worried there wont be room for a dance floor, and also if it would be weird dancing in a coffee house with the big glass windows. Also, is a coffee house too weird? The place is so exactly my style, but it definately looks like a coffee house.. would have to spruce it up a bit to make it look less like a cafe.
what do you guys think of the dance floor/glass window issue? i may be able to drape fabric over the windows, i havent asked the owner that yet. and what do you think of coffee cafe in general? its great budget wise too (low hourly fee which includes staff). i love the space but im worried about it being public or just plain too strange! thanks!