….and we decided to go with:
The Harrison Opera House!
While initially we had considered a tent reception, we had so many reservations over the tent idea, and the opera house is a fantastic venue. The interior is gorgeous, and the reception will be held on the second floor in the Grand Lobby. I love the winding staircases up to the lobby and the balcony that overlooks the main entrance below. The gorgeous tall windows are such a good backdrop for the reception, and we really don’t have to go overboard with our decorations, since the venue is so pretty on it’s own. It has a touch of modern elegance mixed with a bit of traditional design. Now that we have a venue…and yes, we had to move up our date by a week, but it’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things(!)…there’s a lot less stress! I’m so excited to be able to focus on how we want to decorate for the reception, now that we HAVE our reception venue 🙂
Inside of the Grand Lobby
We have to get a photo like this!
Since my fiance works at the opera house, we have access to furnishings that are available there for free. It looks like we’ll have plenty of tables…but the chairs that they have are a bit ratty, to be honest, so we’ll need to rent them. I would love love love to have Chiavari chairs, but I just can’t justify the cost per chair since we are trying to plan our wedding on a small budget. If anyone knows where to find cheap Chiavari chairs…pass that info along please! 🙂
Because of the elegance of our venue, our decorations don’t have to be too elaborate. I do want floral arrangements on each table, preferably with oversized vases, like these:
I also really love modern, simplistic floral arrangements. The more planning I do, the more I think our wedding design will end up being more modern than traditional…..
I also really wanted cocktail tables, because I love the idea. I’ve been to a few weddings where they had cocktail tables surrounding the dance floor, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate them as well. Luckily, the opera house has enough of them, so we won’t even need to rent any!
Now that we have that sorted out, we still have to find a ceremony venue. We have been talking to two churches nearby our reception venue, and we plan to meet with them this week or next. The biggest priority for both of us was the reception venue…we wanted to have that settled before we decided on a church, so that they’ll be nearby each other. I already feel so much less stressed knowing we have our reception venue sorted out! We went to a wedding expo this past Sunday, and let me say, it felt SO good knowing we had some of our “big” decisions already out of the way while we were wandering through the crowded event! I booked appointments with two bridal salons in the area on January 28 & 29…so it looks like I’m going to be busy in a few weekends! We’ve also made some progress on other parts of planning, but I’ll save those for the next post 🙂