Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Another Possible Reception Location

Today I went over to the Hotel Northampton, a possible reception location. Seth was feeling ill and was home convalescing, so my co-worker Maddy went with me. (She was a great help!)

The hotel is a historic hotel. The best picture of the outside can be found on their website. I also took a picture.

Because we have a small wedding planned, they mentioned the Hampshire room would be ideal.

If we wanted to, we could rent the larger Grand Ballroom for a fee. (You get the ballroom for free if you have 135+ people, just like we'd get the smaller room for free. If you have a small party and want to go for the bigger room it costs $700.) This allows you to use the atrium for a cocktail hour.

There is also a nice bridal suite, included in the larger wedding package but which I am sure you could pay extra for with the smaller one.

In sum, there are pro's and con's. Pro's: 1. The Hotel Northampton is a bit more neat than a traditional hotel because it's historic with parts dating back to the 18th century. 2. Everything would be very organized there - they have done a lot of weddings and are prepared to have everything to order. There are a lot of ways to customize, they can meet all dietary restrictions, and they can provide extras like flowers and cake (or remove them from the packages without charge). Con's: The Hotel is a little bit less unique than I think I have envisioned for the reception.

For some reason, I am obsessed with the idea of having the reception at some place non-traditional, such as a museum. I am interested in the Eric Carle Museum as a place to check out - they allow rentals for weddings (although it's a bit of an expense.)

We are also checking out The Red Barn at Hampshire College next week. They allow you to bring in outside caterers, and it's an interesting building with a large deck.

Things are moving along, but nothing is finalized yet. There is a lot more to do.

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