This is a shot of the cocktail hour space, which is right off of the lobby of the hotel. It's the hotel "lounge" area, with a bar and restaurant off to the right, and it's an open, airy space that goes up three stories. According to the Farmer's Almanac, sunset is already close to 8 pm in early May (though I don't seem to remember that happening this year!). Regardless, there should be some pretty skies as the guests enjoy cocktail hour from 6-7 pm!
This is a shot of our reception space, the Concord Ballroom. The lights are all on a dimmer (thank goodness!) and we'll be using round tables instead of the ovals pictured. We'll also likely have some splash of color in the table overlays, though that's yet to be determined. Not pictured is a small outdoor patio that opens up in the front of the room, along with our own set of restrooms that we won't be sharing with any other groups. We'll also be the only wedding reception on this floor, as the other two ballrooms are on another level.
You may notice those pillars, which were quite a source of debate when we were picking our reception venue! They will frame the dance floor, and we'll likely do a sweetheart table at one end of the dance floor. I think it'll work better than a head table for 8 of us, plus, I'd rather my bridesmaids and groomsmen sit with their significant others than with us. Considering how everyone has told us we will barely have a moment to ourselves, I figure the sweetheart arrangement should help us out with that.
Do you fall into the sweetheart table camp, or the head table camp?