After an extreme weekend of reception venue viewing, Cody and I have decided on a location! Oh, boy is this exciting. On May 4th, 2013, Cody and I will be getting married at Country Cottages and Gardens in Mineral City, Ohio. Before we get to the good stuff, let’s first discuss the other candidates.
Friday, mom and I visited Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio. Quaker Square has a huge ballroom with impressive chandeliers and tall ceilings. It was a little too massive and impersonal for our taste. The site does have some great photo locations. We did get to go into one of the hotel rooms. They are all round! Like my Aunt Jill said, the rooms do have a weird echo. Overall: boring and typical.
Then Saturday, we went to Tara, A Country Inn in Pennsylvania. Tara is beautiful and unique, but not for us. They have two locations for large parties, a tent outside in the garden and the Old South Armory, a large room inside of the house. We first saw the tent, very nice. The good part comes when we go to the Armory. I walk into the Armory and every (EVERY) wall is covered with “the largest collection of Civil War guns in America.” I should have thought something when they said “Armory”. I say to our tour guide, “You have quite an impressive gun collection; can we cover them up?” Yeah, that was a big fat no way. Overall: unique, pretty and totally hilarious.
Let’s go back to the good part, County Cottages and Gardens. The estate has a large estate house and then smaller cottages surrounding the main house. My close family and friend will be able to stay in the surrounding cottages, making it a very wedding weekend. They also have a boathouse and pool house as well. In the center of the property is a large pond; we would be getting married right in front of it. As for the reception, we would walk over to the property’s massive deck! The desk comes with a super sweet bar and outdoor grill. The staff chef would be outside cooking everyone’s meal, think hibachi. We will be able to see and smell our tasty meal. Best of all, the estate comes with a full staff, a stress free day! The whole property gives off an easy/not-so-stuffy vibe. As for the price, let’s just say, you get a wallop of a bang for your tiny little buck. Overall: Perfect.Related articles
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