- 8 years ago
Our road to finding the perfect reception site wasn’t as long as one as many other brides have encountered…in fact, we only went and saw one potential place! I know 1!!!
But before anyone says anything I will say we did scower the web looking for the perfect location. So although we only visited one, we did look at a couple different options.
Let me take you through the process. So this is before the Mr. and I were even engaged. I know, another shocker! But we knew an engagement was in the near future and as any other girl out there, I have been endlessly looking at blogs and ideas online way back when I knew the now fiance was more than likely the man I was going to marry. Plus, when I told my mom about visiting sites but not wanting to wait until we were “officially engaged” to put money down on anything if we found “the” place, she told me that my dad and her booked a reception site before they were also even engaged! That sealed the deal for me….the hunt was on.
The first place we looked at was Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY. They have a beautiful outside area right next to the water, where you can get married underneath a gazebo. Beautiful place but we were too worried of rain, and having it here you want to have it outside….so that was nixed.
Second, was the Pruyn House in Colonie, NY. Another gorgeous location with an old historic house and barn and an outside garden seperating the two. All I could think of was a rustic wedding, with a barn filled with white lights. But, alas….again the fear of rain made me rethink how we would have to set up insdie/outide seating, bartender outside…the thought of it gave me chills. So nixed again…
Finally, I came across a gem. The Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs Congress Park. It’s is this great historic building that was originally a casino, then converted to a hotel, now it is booked for all sorts of parties and weddings. When we went and looked at it I fell in love. High ceilings, romantic lighting, and a big mahagony bar perfect for the men. We booked it on the spot and picked one of the few available weekends in July of 2011.
That became the whirlwind of wedding planning…..after he proposed a month later of course!
How did everyone else’s reception searching go? Was it quick and easy or seem like a never ending process to find the perfect site?