Hey everyone. I'm having some internal issues with the possible location for upcoming wedding in October. My fiance and I are looking at Villa Bianca in Seymour this weekend. We are looking at doing the ceremony in their chapel and the reception in The Pavilion. My issues are that banquet style is not me. I'm not trying to say it isn't nice or a great fit for another bride. But I'm a Kansas girl. Country girl at heart and my ultimate would be to have ceremony in open field with all the fall trees around and then reception in barn. Or something rustic like that. We have a tight budget. Around 10,000 for everything. We have friends and family who are prof photog and cake maker so those are covered. We are wanting to keep it small. We only have around 80 people but we are wanting to do a sit down dinner as well but I'd like it to have a southern influence to it. I asked bout doing a different cocktail hour than the standard with a sliders bar, mac and cheese bar, and a few soups with artisan breads and cut up veggies and dip and she said they could do that.
My question is, can i do a rustic style wedding at an Italian banquet hall? The chapel and pavilion both have the wood ceilings and to me that says rustic. I wouldn't have even considered if they weren't available. I'm posting a couple pics of them here and just to cover my tush "these photos do not belong to me" If you are the awesome photographer that photographed them "great job";)
I am also slightly concerned bout them because I have read some mixed reviews on them. About them having other functions going on as well and it making their service slow or unorganized. I asked the person I spoke with when I scheduled appt bout that and she said that they had a change in workers and have resolved all those issues. That the Pavilion is in a private area of the property and we would have our own bathrooms and bar so their will not be anyone running into other parties or confusion. She also said the only other ceremony in the chapel is at 11. I'm planning on doing ours at 3. But she did say their are 2 other weddings and a sweet 16 that nite as well...
Another question:), am I crazy for having my reception in an open pavilion/pergola in middle October? It has dropped down vinyl sides with windows like the tents that you can rent have. and she said they have outdoor heaters that they bring out as well if it gets chilly. Do you think it'll still be to cold? Anyone been to a wedding in a tent in mid October in Connecticut? How was it? Freezing?
Hoping to run into someone that can ease my mind. I think it would be a nice place if I could maybe put my personal touch in it. Would like to to a small photobooth with an app that I have on my ipad mini called wedding booth and a small personal printer that hooks up to it. But wondering if that is possible in the space. Would like to bring in handmade desserts for dessert table with little pies, cake pops, yummy cinnamon rolls, and a smores bar. But not sure if that is possible. We looked at Tarrywile mansion and thought that was the place till we saw the inside. Rooms are just too choppy and can't see renting a tent for additional money but still paying for mansion. The grounds are beautiful and I've thought about doing ceremony there and reception at villa bianca. We live in stratford and at boothe park they have a large house that has 2 rooms available for rent. Very inexpensive and thought that maybe I could have draping company come in and drape ceiling and walls to make it look cool but the ceilings are too low for that and each floor only hold 70 peole seated and no room for dance floor. Anyone know of any parks that have something like that? That may look outdated but could be transformed with draping and staging?
Sorry for the long post. Lots of questions. Any help would be great.