Mama Elephant came along for the ride since she missed out on the last one (that Mr. E was so great to come with me) and we really had a good time! As we drove up, we decided to head to the back where the gazebo is to test out the length of our DIY tissue paper pomanders. I think they look great and will add some color to the ceremony area. (Please note that this open house was in February, the grass will be a lot greener in April)
We headed inside to check in and begin scouting some areas for the escort cards, gifts, guest book, and musicians for the cocktail hour.
Imagine this table with our wonderful travel themed escort cards (post to come)
A great place for the musicians for the cocktail hour
We headed into the ballroom, which is plan B if the weather isn't on our side. If there's rain, we'll get married in front of this romantic fireplace.
All of the tables were set up with different linens and centerpieces showcasing some of the items that are included in our package and others that would be upgrades. Our planner is a preferred vendor at the Tribute, so we got a chance to talk with her about ideas for centerpieces (since she will be doing all our of florals). We really loved these two set ups, and the good news is that Kathie informed us that they would be easy and cost effective.
Probably change the green hydrangeas for blue and possibly white, and the branches to bamboo sticks. I have over 12 pounds of blue and green stones, may need to pick up more when Michael's has another sale.
Love this submerged low centerpiece!!! We would probably change some of the white flowers for green versions.
After looking at some of the tablescapes, we headed for the food. Everything tasted great, and Mama Elephant and I picked our top three favorites to put in the race for our butler passed apps. We're leaning towards the golden coconut shrimp with plum sauce, chicken teriyaki skewers, and spinach spanakopitas. I also made a stop to the carving station and mashed potato bar.
Carving station goodness
After some eats we headed upstairs to snap some pictures of the bridal suite and the room that the guys will get ready in.
Can't wait to get some great pictures on those stairs!
The room that the girls will get ready in, and where Mr. E and I will spend the night after the wedding.
Mama Elephant in the guys' getting ready room
There's still one, possibly two more open houses before our big day. I might take dad to one just to taste some of the great food!
Did your venue hold any events prior to your wedding that allowed you to envision your big day?