My mom and sister accompanied us and my sister was in full-blown MOH mode. She was on top of her game. She came with her iPad and iPhone in-hand to take snapshots of EVERYTHING. Who could ask for more? I highly suggest ANY bridal couple to attend an open house for venues in your area or in the area where you'd like your reception to be. It takes the guess work out of so much. Photos in the million bridal magazines you'll accumulate just won't match up to seeing things in person. Plus, this one was free! I'm not sure if all open houses are free of charge, but you would be silly to opt out of a free event like this one! I mean come on...amazing crab legs and champagne glasses with a little floating heart in them? Yes please! They had me at "free open bar."
They also had the best sweets table complete with everything that my dress would hate me for...i.e. cheesecake, chocolate-covered strawberries, little tiny pies and even a fricken chocolate fountain (we totally already signed up for that one). They had other vendors there as well for transportation services, music and a raffle to win wedding bands! I was always satisfied with our choice to go with this venue, but this event totally reassured me that we made the right decision. *Insert bride giddiness here*
How can you not stuff your face with this table of amazingness?
I wanted to try everything...
I amaze myself with how much self-control I have. That little round, sweet thing right there is a mini lemon meringue pie...it's sickening how cute it is...just look at it.
It was also hilarious to overhear some bride/mom convos while I was waiting in line for everything that is delicious in this world (shrimp with cocktail sauce and other amazing seafood). I'm pretty sure I heard another bride breakdown in line because her mom didn't approve of the flowers she wanted and another who was laying down the law regarding those napkin folds. Yes, free food AND entertainment! I never got tired of answering the question, "are you the bride?" Why yes I am good sir! Now onto the centerpieces that I decided on...gorgeous? Yes. Perfect for the ambiance we're shooting for. Classy/awesomeness.
I didn't know I could be any more excited about the big day, but apparently so! Now here I am making my VIP playlist for the DJ and more than half of the songs are 90's hits...I see zero problem with that. Time to put my dancing shoes on!