The wedding venues are booked and deposits have been paid. I'm glad we're sticking with our original ideas, much like the wedding and engagement rings, because it goes along with our historical themes. The rings were designed in an Art Nouveau style, and I wanted to have the wedding and receptions in heritage houses. We'll have about 100 people in each venue. There will even be a few people at BOTH venues! (Besides us, of course!)
Interior and exterior pics of Tripp House - Scranton, PA
David got a lead on the Tripp House after I flew to Vancouver. I almost gave in when we looked at the Stroudsmoor Inn, because Lawnhaven is a great venue -- lots of glass, one level, garden, and a large expanse of lawn, not to mention they do everything for you, but now that I have more time, I'd much rather do it all myself. It means more, and I have more creative control. I can save us money, too. There were a few big problems with this venue, the biggest was that it was only available October 9, not October 1 when we wanted it, and that's over a Jewish holiday. So, the Stroudsmoor was put on hold. Thankfully, David was given the name of the Tripp House, which is a non-profit foundation, so our rental would be helping to keep the heritage house running. This way we can choose our own caterers, decorations, and have the ceremony out on the lawn (we'd probably hire a tent, though, just in case). It's in Scranton, so we could board people at the house, and if we need more space there's an inexpensive hotel at the bottom of the hill. I haven't seen it yet, but from David's photos, it looks like it would fit the numbers we're thinking of, we get the date we wanted, and his favourite seafood restaurant, Cooper's, is one of the caterers the Tripp House deals with!
I pinched this off a site:
This picturesque home, with its wide verandah and gingerbread trim, actually dates to 1778 and is the county's oldest residence. It was built by Isaac Tripp II, son of the town's first settler. In the early 19th century, the home got a Federal-style makeover, and towards the end of the century, it was reworked in Victorian tastes.
Interior and exterior pics of Aberthau House - Vancouver, BC
Aberthau House isn't nearly as old as Tripp House, but for a city as new as Vancouver, it's still considered a heritage house. It has a more open floor plan than Tripp House, and I think it will be easier to decorate. For one thing, we won't have to hire a tent because it's a reception -- the ceremony will be in Scranton. We won't need to use the grounds, and the biggest expense will be the catering. My cousin Tosca has a binder of information that she kept from her wedding in 2003, and I'm thinking of using her caterers.