When I left off, the POE had given me 4 possible reception locations. I pretty quickly POE-ed a little more, and ruled out Northgate Country Club, home of my cousin's wedding. Despite the wood paneling and pretty staircase, I just couldn't bring myself to go all copycat on her wedding. She totally wouldn't have cared, but this is me. The bride who's a tiny teensy bit obsessed with making her wedding unique and personalized. And so, Northgate was out.
Northgate, you are the weakest link. Goodbye.
So I evaluated my three remaining options.
Pine Forest Country Club - One phone call. Not available July 31st. POE-ed.
Oh, Pine Forest. It's okay. Your ceilings were too low anyway.
Chateau Polonez - One look at its page on Project Wedding. Falls into the $$$$ price range. $5000-7000 flat fee. $75-100 per person. Times 200 guests equals...Whoa. POE-ed.
Oh, Chateau. I dared not even set foot inside you for fear of falling in love with your lovely architecture and not-so-lovely prices!
Raveneaux Country Club - One phone call. Available July 31st. Reasonably priced. One visit...gorgeous renovations. Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
On our wedding day we'll finish the ceremony, and drive up to this building:
We'll head on in, and be announced as Mr. and Mrs. in this ballroom:
Our guests will dine, drink, dance, and delight in the view from this terrace:
And a few much-too-short hours later, we'll leave down these stairs amidst waving sparklers, and hop into our yet-too-be-blogged-about getaway transportation:
Thanks to my dear friend POE, we have our venue! Anybody else out there making wedding decisions using my friend POE?