Monday, February 27, 2012

How to Choose a Venue in 10 Days

I'm ready to disclose our choice in venue and the quick process we went through in choosing! And yes, I may have stole this blog title from one of my favorite chick flicks... but I love me some Kate Hudson and Matthew Mcconaughey!

Over our winter vacation we checked out 3 different venues. It was quick but we know a good thing when we see it! Not to mention all of the prework I had done, I was already able to eliminate the (beautiful) really expensive ones and the (ugly) ones that are not our style! So I narrowed it down to three. But if I'm going to be honest, I was really counting on one... so let's start the breakdown! The first venue we visited was...

The Bay Pointe Golf Club:

This place is nice, and affordable. The view of the lake is gorgeous and they have a fantastic "getting ready" room. They should have a picture of that room on their website because it almost sold me! Marble floors, marble makeup areas, and a pedestal for the bride to stand on under a gorgeous chandelier surrounded by 3 floor length mirrors! The guys getting ready area was cool too, it had a very "men's club" feel to it!

The outdoor area was nice to be sure, but we're having an April wedding, so betting on the weather is not a good idea. Besides, I am way too Type A to chance my wedding plans on the weather! So most likely the entire event would be inside which while nice, was much too traditional for my style. Everything was newly renovated and J liked it, but our style is much more modern and it just wasn't a good fit.

The third place we visited was the Colony Club (yes I skipped the second because that one is the winner!) This was actually a mistake. We tried to check out the Gem & Century Theaters but when we showed up for the appointment the manager showed us the Colony Club instead. We didn't object because we were already pretty set on venue #2! The Colony Club has become extremely popular in the last couple of years. It is very prominent in the photography blogs, so here it is in all of its splendor!

The Colony Club:

The Colony Club was really gorgeous. It's in this great building built in the 1920s and was originally one of the first women's clubs in Detroit! It also leans a little bit on the traditional side but an excellent perk is that the rental comes with those beautiful gold chivari chairs! I also really like the balconies so that the bride and groom can have their "royal kiss" moment! It is a great venue but by this time venue #2 had stolen our hearts! So let's waste no time...

The third venue, and the winner that gets to host our fabulous wedding is The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac! I'm showing you the pictures of the space empty, you'll have to wait until the wedding to see what it looks like all jazzed up!

 This is the Ballroom. Our ceremony will be on the stage back there and then it will be flipped for the reception. The space is two levels so people will be on both the main floor and the balcony!
 This space is so cool and hip. We absolutely love the industrial loft feel!
 Bird's eye view. Don't worry, there will be a fully stocked bar on this level too! 
This is floor one of the Vernor's room where the cocktail hour will be held. It is three levels high and super fun!
 This is the top level of the cocktail hour space. Pool tables for some entertainment while you have some drinks and appetizers! 
And this here shows the mid level of the Vernor's room. The money shot. Those windows are absolutely stunning. I can't wait to take pictures in front of them! 

And if the weather is nice, there's an outdoor space that's pretty cool too! 

So, there you have it! That is how you choose a venue in 10 days! Go somewhere unexpected and you will find greatness! AND we didn't kill any plants or play with any chinese crusted dogs (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days reference for those of you who don't remember all of the details!)

Don't worry, I'll do a more detailed posting about the Crofoot later on but this was just a teaser!


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