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Wedding Date: October 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Encore Formals and Bridal

Finding the Perfect Venue

Posted on July 4, 2014 by  Miss Glam Bride   //   Comment

Finding a venue for my reception has been an overwhelming and sometimes a frustrating experience. First, my fiancé and I had to decide if we wanted to get married in Jacksonville, Fla. or Atlanta. Once we decided on Atlanta, it was time to find that perfect venue.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with my struggle. You scour the internet and find a couple of nice places. After checking the costs of everything, you’re impressed and you schedule a time so you can view it in person. After arriving, you instantly see the venue is too old, too small and the opposite of everything you wanted. After doing this over and over, I began to get extremely frustrated.

Now, I’m way behind schedule and still have no venue. Or do I? Well, I randomly came across a venue that looked gorgeous. I scheduled a tour, not expecting much. As soon as I walked in, I fell in love. It was glamorous, formal and grand—everything I was looking for.

My parents are in town for the weekend and of course I need their approval, so we’re all going to look at it together. My fiancé is even excited about it.

Here’s a sneak peak of the grand entrance that leads into the reception space.

Wish me luck!


Photographer: Thu Tran with 2Tphoto


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Wedding Date: December 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Catherine Simms Bridal

Venuti’s – Our Reception Venue!

Posted on January 11, 2014 by  Miss Fairytale Bride   //   2 Comments

Back in June, Nick and I had a list of six venues to look at the day after our engagement party. The first venue on our list was Venuti’s, a place I had never even heard of but a stunning picture of a BREATHTAKING staircase in a bridal magazine drew me in! (If you read one of my older blogs – There’s Something Magical About A Staircase – you’ll know I have a thing for staircases!) We found that Venuti’s was conveniently located within a minute off the highway and near many hotels, that’s a big plus already! The outside alone was beautiful…


We were greeted by Karen, she was so friendly and it was so early in the morning! Her upbeat, bubbly attitude was contagious and after rubbing my tired eyes once more (we did just get done celebrating our engagement the night before, I was tired!) I was awake and excited! After sitting down for a few moments and getting the big stuff out of the way…what date we wanted, how many people…she escorted us over to the Venezia room! (because of our large party size, they’ll actually be expanding it and it will be even larger than what’s shown below)


And the ceiling changes colors!

colorsblue purple pink yellow

When we went back into her office to talk more, we were offered mimosas or cappuccinos! Turns out by having our wedding in the winter, we got a few extra perks! We receive a martini bar, sweets table, and hors d’oeuvres as part of our package! I was sold! Nick still looked a little unsure. When said that having a premium open bar was very important to him, she reassured him and told him that of course that was part of their standard package! Sold! But this was still only the first place we went to, and our next stop was the one I DREAMED of having our wedding at, so we thanked her and took all the information with us. I think she could tell we were a little tired, she even offered us our cappuccinos to go (we gladly accepted!)

When we arrived at the next destination, it was just gorgeous as I remembered. I had been there before for some plays so I had known what to expect. The girl that greeted us looked even more tired that I did! She was so unenthused, and just looked like she’d rather be anywhere else than here. It really killed all my excitement that Karen stirred up for me. The longer we spent, the more I just wanted to leave. I thought myself, do I really want to plan the most important day of my life with this person? The answer was NO. We toured the rest of the venues that day and at the end of the day, Venuti’s (and Karen) was our choice! I called up Karen the next day and she was just as excited as I was! She had shown us a couple pictures of weddings that have taken place their in the holiday season and encouraged me to come back in the winter to see it with all the decorations, so I did! I revisited them today and here’s some of the pictures I took:

this is before the wall is opened up to expand to the two roomsDSCN2283

the stairs coming down from the bridal suiteDSCN2279


we also got this room as a bonus with our package. we’ll probably set up the sweets table or photo booth (if we go with one) in there I imagine…DSCN2293

and the best for last!




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Wedding Date: August 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Bridal Beginning

The Venue – An Elegant Ballroom

Posted on June 14, 2012 by  Miss Detailed Bride   //   Comment

Choosing a reception venue was easy for my fiancé and I.  We had been to multiple weddings at Oglebay Resort’s Glessner Ballroom, and knew almost immediately after getting engaged that this was the perfect location.  It has everything I could possibly want.  The ballroom sets the mood for an elegant evening, with raised ceilings and a large dance floor.  There is a stage to hold the bridal party, and even an upper level that is ideal for our large cookie tables!

Oglebay Resort

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Wedding Date: June 2013
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: "I Do" Bridals of Cape Coral

Saving the Date..with Venues

Posted on May 27, 2012 by  Miss Modern Bride   //   3 Comments

Most brides jump on the wedding dress shopping experience as the first item to do on the long list of things they will want to accomplish over the next several months. For my wedding, there was something that was much more important – the date! My fiancé and I were set on a date, June 1, 2013, and we decided that we want to book our Ceremony and Reception venues around the date rather than choosing a date that worked around our favorite venues. Even when you are beginning to plan a year or more in advance, its definitely a smart idea to book these two venues as soon as they will allow (some will only book 12 months in advance, others will allow you to book farther out).

St. Augustine Catholic Church, Gainesville, FL

Photography by Sweet Serendipity

Being that we were very particular about the date we wanted to get married (it was the day we officially started dating and we were lucky to have it fall on a Saturday in 2013) we knew we would have to be a little more flexible with where we would be able to book the Ceremony and Reception. We started with the church because we needed to make sure we had a place to get married before we even thought about the party! We knew we wanted to get married at St. Augustine Catholic Church, because that was one church in particular that had a Cuban Priest on staff so that was our first choice. We were lucky that he and the church were available, but we were limited on what times we could choose for the Ceremony.

Photography by Verve Studio

For the Reception we narrowed it down to 3 top choices and all of them were available at the time of our consultations, but that didn’t last long. We were soon receiving calls that other brides were interested in booking on our date so we had to make a quick decision. We have decided to go with a historic building in the heart of Gainesville, FL that has an open concept and we can have our own choice of caterer. The Reception will take place in the Thomas Center Spanish Court, which matches perfectly with our 1950’s Havana, Cuba theme.

The lesson here: even if you think you are safely a year or more away from your Wedding date and that you have time to pick a date and venues, if you have a special date in mind or you have your dream venues, you will want to secure those things before you even start thinking about dresses or flowers. It’s the best way to start the planning experience in the right direction.

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Wedding Date: October 2012
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: RK Bridals

Venue on the menu…

Posted on February 6, 2012 by  Miss Nostalgic Bride   //   Comment

….for February!

Yep, I have procrastinated long enough!  I have my reasoning, I felt that if I had too much time to dawdle with details that I might: a. go insane, b. change my mind at least 13 times and c. go completely broke!

So finally, 8 months before the wedding, we are in search of a wedding venue. We have chosen several places to check out over the next few weekends. Here are the top contenders:

Studio 450

This is our first choice. We love the space, the natural light, the use of the penthouse-it’s just perfect. I love the chandeliers!

Divine Studio

This place looks amazing with it’s huge arched windows and white floors. I love the loft furniture too that is optional with the space. Word on the Internet is that this place is also tres affordable! Win-win!

Ramscale Loft

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I love this space just because it’s not the typical loft space. There are ins and outs to it that give it a little more character. Depending on the set up, this possible gem can easily sneak into first place!

Gary’s Loft

Again, beautiful natural light coming into this space. I love the floors and this place happens to be in Brooklyn! My excitement stems from that fact that this space would be significantly less expensive and we would still get amazing views of the skyline. There are also beautiful places outside this building for photos.

Last but certainly not least…

The Dumbo Spot

This space is also located in Brooklyn and it’s a nice size for our wedding. I’m really digging the pillars throughout the space and once again, the area around this building is great for photos!

Will keep you posted on which we choose! I’m so excited!

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