One of the best places (in my opinion) to throw an event in Birmingham is at B&A Warehouse. It’s a non-traditional urban venue with brick walls and interesting architecture. B&A has several options for any size wedding, from the Brick Room (capacity 375 to 950) to the Bottle Room (capacity 60-125). They have on site catering, with a completely customizable menu. Rental on a Saturday night runs from $375 to $2000. Prices on Sunday thru Friday range from $275 – $1750. The high ranges are for the entire building, and December rates spike a little bit because of the increase in holiday parties. The representatives are friendly and helpful. Overall, it’s a very flexible venue and a great option for an urban wedding.
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Artisan Events’ Favorite Chicago Venues
Some of the most striking photographs we see at EAD don’t simply capture a beautiful bouquet or a stunning bride: they also frame memorable moments within the lovely architecture of a unique wedding venue. It takes a distinctive type of photographer to be able to capture those oh-so-special moments: a graceful bride, a dome of windows bouncing light off a wedding dress, and pillars flanking happily oblivious newlyweds, and our newest Chicago vendor guide member, Artisan Events, knows just where to look. Over their 15 years in business, the Artisan team, founded by award-winning photographer Amanda Sudimack, has photographed a variety of different Chicago venues. Here are some of their favorites – perhaps one is the perfect choice for your wedding!
Architectural Antiques Bridal Shoot
There is only one word to describe this inspiration shoot shared by Lisa Gilbertson of Simply Fabulous Events & Design – stunning. Lisa set out to create a shoot that encourages brides to think outside the box when searching for gowns, flowers, and even venues for their wedding. She chose to showcase a beautiful ruffled gray Kate Towers dress (elegant and quite bridal without being fluffy and white), bold fuschia and black floral created by Ashley Fox Designs, and the gorgeous Minneapolis venue Architectural Antiques, a gem of an antique store that opens its doors to small weddings and receptions. Tasha of Red Bird Hills captured the gorgeous images, and the overall look is just fabulous and so inspiring. Thanks Lisa for sharing!
Working on When, Where, and Who
Based on my email archive from last year – yes, I just checked it – Jon and I had more or less settled on a wedding date by the weekend after we were engaged on a Tuesday. We had narrowed it down to the last two weekends in May, before it gets too hot in Atlanta to get fancied up, and the main debate was holiday weekend vs. non-holiday weekend. The latter won out, which had the added benefit of giving us an extra day (Memorial Day) for travel and/or recovery at the end of our honeymoon. Score!
The 2nd Most Important Decision
I say this is the 2nd most important decision because when I talk about it being the 1st, someone always corrects me. I forget that saying yes to Mike was the most important because it wasn’t a difficult decision, it was a no brainer! Before getting engaged, my parents and I had already started scoping out venues. With my dad working in the event industry, he already had a good idea of the best of the best out there. My parents even went to check out a few venues before we were engaged!
Lovely: A Bake Shop
I think I might want to move in to the Lovely Bake Shop. Really. Cupcakes, jam, vintage floral bar stools, and adorable aprons? Yes please! And did I mention the cupcakes? Melissa Hayes captured these beautiful images of the Lovely Bake Shop in Chicago, which is also an intimate little gem of a wedding venue! The floral design is by Bucktown’s Larkspur and paper goods from Michigan-based Meant to be Sent.
You Need to Book How Far in Advance?
At this point in our planning I was really into this idea of a vintage Parisian flea market wedding. And since our hopes for a destination wedding (first it was Greece, then the Grenadines) wasn’t going to happen, Jon and I set out to find the perfect location for our wedding.
Boston Wedding Venue Ideas
So I got a question the other day from someone doing research on Boston wedding venues, wondering if we found any other venues in Boston (as in, other than The Wang Theatre where we got married) during our research that were really cool too. And the answer is yes. While the Wang provided the look we were going for in the location and price range that we wanted, there were several other great venues we strongly considered.
Since Garrett and I [intlink id=”18320″ type=”post”]got married in San Francisco[/intlink] without our families and friends (with the exception of Garrett’s aunt, uncle, and best friend who all reside in CA), we both wanted a way for them to be part of the marriage and we knew we wanted to have the marriage blessed, because God is the important part. We decided on the chapel of the church Garrett grew up in, a side portion of the sanctuary with its own altar and a more intimate setting.
Out of Town Welcome Bags-BAMA style
I really like the idea of out of town welcome baskets and the like but they were never really an option in my mind due to the cost & organization they require (knowing who is staying where, knowing who is coming –the rsvps were giving me enough trouble as it was). Garrett’s parents decided to get a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites solving part of that problem and Garrett’s mom wanted to make welcome baskets, so I lucked out. She used a “taste of Alabama” theme and the bags included goodies only to be found in the yellowhammer state. Here’s what they included:
A couple weeks after Matt and I got engaged, I traveled home to Louisville with the mission to find a reception venue. We got engaged on August 22, 2008 and set our wedding date for July 25, 2009. We had to base the date around Matt’s work schedule – which meant I was deciding when we got married based on the NBA Draft, Summer League, etc. Late July worked for everyone – my only issue was the heat. An outdoor reception was not an option. My mom made a few appointments for us and off we went. The first place we looked at took about 3 seconds for me to decide it wouldn’t work. But the second space, well, it was The One.
Location, location, location
After Brian and I got engaged, we started talking about where and when we wanted to get married. I should note here that I moved around a lot growing up and thus don’t have a “hometown” where I would want to get married. We knew the wedding had to be in the fall or winter to avoid Brian’s season, so we started thinking of places that would be nice that time of year. We initially talked about having the wedding in San Diego at Torrey Pines (my parents live in San Diego) – it’s beautiful there and would have been a fun destination for our guests to visit. The one main drawback is that we would have been limited to only 100 guests and ultimately we decided that we’d rather have more of our friends and family there than have it in California.
A Vineyard Wedding is Born
I felt like the Goldilocks of wedding venues. We visited eight, three in Southern California and four in Northern California. This one didn’t have enough room, this one didn’t have a coordinator, we didn’t like the coordinator at this one, there wasn’t an easy way to park at that one, the bathrooms had a leak at this one, there were too many ducks and too much duck poo, etc. etc. etc.
My Gorgeous Austin Venue
While the Monica Geller in me imagined my wedding looking a thousand different ways over the years, one element remained a constant: I would be married – come hell or high water – in my home town of Austin. There’s no other city like Austin in the world – the energy of the people and the natural beauty of the landscape are beyond compare, and we wanted our wedding to reflect that same energy and beauty.
My first fitting!
My dress has been in for about a month now but I just went in for my fitting this Wednesday. You might recall my yellow shoe search that had to take place before I could have my fitting, and that the dress shop is a little over an hour away. I didn’t have time to make the trip just to see it and try it on, and I knew I’d need alterations so I waited until the shop’s alteration pro could take an appointment. The whole dress process has been difficult since I’m away from my mom, my best friends, and I really know nothing about hemming and bustles and fittings even though I’m a religious blog stalker. I brought my photographer/bff in bham with me and the following images are thanks to her.