Our Venue

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.

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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.


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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?

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Walk up either flight of stairs, to your left or right, to get up to the room.  (There is an elevator for older guests).

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This is the view as you enter the room.  It is GRAND, no?!  Obviously they were setting up for an event when I was here.  The onsite kitchen is through the double doors on either side of the picture. 

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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! 

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Bar area.

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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!

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View heading up the stairs.  Aren’t the ceilings and columns incredible?!

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This is the loft area.  We’ll probably do some cocktail tables, etc. up here for the cocktail hour and so that guests can come up and relax and watch the dancing from above later on in the night.

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Now here you can see the actual scope of the room.  This is the view from the balcony.  Isn’t it AMAZING?!

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This is the view looking down from the balcony.  Pretty awesome, no?

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A look at some of the architectural details:  the murals…the columns…

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And the naked ladies in gilded gold.  (Hee hee!)

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?



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5 responses to “Our Venue

  1. rhodeygirltests

    honestly, i love your new color scheme WAY MORE with the pictures you have now shown us. it is gorgeous little miss, totally gorgeous.

    i am sure your florist will have lots of ideas for the banisters, but you could also go funky and do some pomanders hanging over that front section???

  2. Your Amazing Sister

    with the new colors- this is gonna be boss!

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