Interesting Reception Venue Options

Interesting Reception Venue Options…

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What about stepping outside the box and holding your wedding reception in a unique location?  That’s what a couple decided to do this past Saturday. (I coordinated the event, although they picked the venue).  They held their wedding ceremony at a more conventional site, but then chose the rather funky “Palace Theater” in Stafford Springs, CT for their reception.  What a hit!  It was cool and fun.  To make their reception even more memorable, their names were on the marque, pictured above.  (Although not in this photo, as it’s a stock picture),

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Above and below are photos looking down at the guest dining area from the balcony.  I think the lighting really added to the overall ambiance.  Remember, if you have a good florist, and a creative caterer, you can make any space beautiful.  Without the lighting, tables and chairs, the theater is rather sparse, but those items worked their magic.

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And below, a close up of the guest tables.  If your chairs are a little worse for wear, think seriously of chair covers like these.  They hide any blemishes, and give a formal air.  And remember, huge floral centerpieces are not needed to brighten a table.  Look how simple, yet elegant these are. The bold color against the white cloth helps achieve a “pop”.

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The bride and groom continued their theme with their initials in lights in front of their wedding cake.

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Below is a photo taken while standing in the balcony.  It was a lovely area for the guests to enjoy cocktail hour, and for vendors to take a few moments to relax and enjoy their own dinner when guests were dining below.

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My only concern for this venue was the lack of near parking.  The theater is located right on Stafford Springs’ charming Main Street.  I had to park on the street (parallel park no less, haven’t done that in years – I did ok!  🙂  ).  Luckily the bride and groom thought ahead and most guests were bussed in.  Problem solved!

All photos, Mary P. Karnes, except photo # 1

Glastonbury’s New Boat House

imageOur great town of Glastonbury, CT recently built a boathouse/banquet center on the Connecticut River. It serves the dual purpose of banquet facility and boathouse for our high school crew team.  We had a few glitches in the beginning, namely part of the boat house was falling into the river! … but it has been shored up.

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An open house was held this past Saturday, and my dear friend and co-mother-in-law, Debbie, and I attended.  I was more than impressed.  It exceeded my expectations, and I think it would be a great place to hold a wedding reception.  There’s nothing like a new facility.  And the views…well, take look!

The rental fees, while not inexpensive, are reasonable.  If you choose to hold your wedding on a Friday, you can further reduce your cost.  (Both of my daughters held their weddings on Fridays, not due to a lower cost, but due to scheduling.  The lower cost was just a perk!)  There are three preferred caterers for the facility.  We were lucky enough to try a few of their samples, and they were all tasty.  Below is a list.

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I am most familiar of the Max Restaurant group, as my family and I are big fans of their restaurants throughout Hartford County.  But I would be comfortable using any of the three.

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Above is a side view of the boathouse.  The River is to the left of the picture.  And what do you get for your rental fee? …  Air Conditioning, observation deck, spacious kitchen facilitates for your caterer, ample rest room facilities, complete set-up and break-down, free wifi, complimentary parking, private hosts’ room, and access tot he surrounding park grounds (which are ample!).

The picture below is a front shot of the parkinglot.  I have yet to attend an event at the Boat House, but hope I have the opportunity soon!

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