Our venue wasn’t so much of a struggle to find as it was a source of worry for me. I knew we were picking a very popular date, in a very popular month, and that if we didn’t nail down a venue quickly, we would be hard-quipped to find a place that would fit our needs in the area we wanted. So, being the type A bride I am, nailing down our church and venue was one of the first things we did…at 22 months out.
I know, I know… we could have waited much longer to find a venue (and in fact, most “normal” brides probably would have done so!), but I literally tossed and turned about this for weeks. You can read more about my venue search here, here, here…oh, and of course here (obviously this was a big issue for me since I wrote so many posts about it!) but today I want to show you the pictures! I stopped at the venue on my lunch hour to grab a few snapshots and make sure that our new color scheme will work with the room (yes, we are changing it…more on that later!). So without further ado, I present to you The Grain Exchange.
This is the view as you walk in the doors of the Mackie Building, where the Grain Exchange is located. The floors and walls are a beautiful white marble. We could opt to have our cocktail hour down here if we wanted (we are the only ones using the building on our wedding day, as normally it’s actually an office building), but with a guest list of 250, that probably is not going to happen.
This is the view as you look up towards the second floor from the entry way. Those big wooden doors are the entrance to the room! I am in desperate need of floral inspiration for the banisters. Ideas?
Walk up either flight of stairs, to your left or right, to get up to the room. (There is an elevator for older guests).
This is the view of the loft area. Underneath the loft area is a bar area, where we will most likely have our cocktail hour. The bars are on wheels, so we can move them to any area we’d like!
To the right of the bar area are the steps leading up to the loft. Gorgeous, no? Can’t wait to be announced as husband and wife and come down through these!
A look at some of the architectural details: the murals…the columns…
So there you have it…our reception venue! I snapped some pics of the chairs and the bathrooms as well, but we’ll save those for another post. Up next, the unveiling of the new color palette!!!
What was your venue search like?