The holidays are always bananas for me. I go a bit overboard with decorating and gifts and all things holly and jolly. So, I took advantage of the long engagement and decided to take a couple months off from wedding planning during Christmas 2012. I still talked about ideas with family and friends but I let actual stuff chill for a bit.
I was at a friend’s house in January 2013 and her cousin mentioned that she was getting married and just booked her reception venue. She was raving about it, so I of course asked the name of it. Webster Golf Club. What’s a bride without a venue to do immediately after leaving the house? Google the venue, of course!
The venue’s website wasn’t the most high tech and there weren’t many pictures but the price was definitely in our range. Gee said that he had been there plenty of times and the Chicken French is the best in Rochester. Gold had just went to a wedding there and loved it and Sharpie and Big Flash had photographed one there as well. After six venue disappointments, the positive reviews from friends were a delight to hear and at this point, what was another visit?
Mr. PB and I first visited Webster Golf Club in February and met with Dave. He answered all of our questions, was real with us and he told me that I could have Chicken Parm as my dinner even if Chicken French was on the buffet. (Gold star for making the bride-to-be happy!) Then Mr. PB asked his important questions – “How much would it be to extend the open bar?” and “Could I have Crown Royal?”
Dave also let us know that the club has an arrangement with a local florist for centerpieces. We could get one of four floral centerpiece options for free or have a credit applied to our centerpiece costs. Did I mention that gratuity was also included in the pricing, along with three hours of open bar, hor d’oeurves and a coffee bar? AND that it was under our budget? PLUS, Mr. PB and I would get a free suite at a local hotel the night of our wedding. We both left the venue in great spirits.
However, I didn’t love the venue’s option for an indoor ceremony. It basically would look like a conference room with no windows and a retractable wall on one side. So as long as we could find a ceremony space, we had a reception venue.
Did you hear about your location from another person? Did your groom have a couple of reception details that were important to him?