A Place to Party, Part 2

Previously, on Miss Potion’s Blog,

  • My mom is awesome
  • The internet is your friend, especially when researching wedding stuff
  • Did I mention my mom is awesome?

Last time, I hinted that our venue hunt ended a la Goldilocks—one venue was booked, one venue was just not our style, and one venue was juuuuust right. So exactly how did things pan out?

photo by Micah Jones

Sterling Castle, while beautiful, was already booked for our date. :( That’s probably for the best, however, as initial inspection of the packages offered on their website suggested they are slightly out of our price range.

photo by BM BabySis
photo by Mom Potion

CreekSide Lodge was really cute on the outside, but on the inside…meh. I don’t know, between the carpet and the generic “Italian bistro” paintings, it just didn’t have that charm we were going for. Plus, it seems that the main room is so small that you really have to host most of the reception outside, and we didn’t want to bank on an outdoor reception in case the weather is crazy.

For those folks playing along at home, you’ll know that this means…

photo by Mom Potion

SpringHouse is juuuuuuuuuuust riiiiiiiight! I mean look at this place- the exposed stone walls, the wood floors, the comfy-yet-modern chairs…it’s charming, it’s kind of casual, and best of all—it’s within our budget!

photo by Mom Potion

Normally, when renting a place for a reception, you pay a fee for the actual rental of the building and then pay for food and beverages on top of that. When renting a restaurant, you pay the rental fee, and then the contract entails that you have to purchase a minimum amount of food and beverage to ensure that the restaurant doesn’t actually lose money by hosting your wedding. However, we’re having a daytime wedding-and SpringHouse makes most of its profit in the evening. As such, we don’t have to pay any rental fee at all, just a minimum amount of food and beverage, at the very reasonable price of $3000. With a planned ~200 guests, it definitely won’t be hard to hit that minimum; we’ll probably go over that and still stay within our budget. Plus, they have an on-site baker that will make our cupcakes, a fee which can be factored in to the food and beverage minimum. Plus they have a well-stocked bar, built-in sound system, wait staff, dishes, silverware, and plenty of room…all built in to the food and beverage minimum. Score! So my mom headed back out to SpringHouse, put down a deposit, and signed the contract.

Was it difficult to choose your reception venue? Did you go with an all-inclusive option?


Mrs. Potion

Herndon, VA
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:51 am

    Wow it’s really beautiful on the inside, I like the chairs.
    Congrats Miss P, the place’s amazing.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 11:11 am

    Gorgeous venue, Miss P! I love the hardwood floors. :)

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    alicia1745 1118 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:00 pm

    Gorgeous venue!

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:13 pm

    Your venue really is gorgeous and it sounds like it’s perfect for your wedding!

  5. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 12:19 pm

    Great choice! It has a ton of character already — your decor touches will only make it better!

  6. msfox Member
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:16 pm

    It sounds like you got an *awesome* deal.. and the place is just stunning!

  7. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 1:20 pm

    It’s so pretty!! Day time wedding sounds like the way to go!

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 1:30 pm

    Love the stone walls! The whole place looks really pretty inside. Good choice!

  9. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:50 pm

    This venue is beautiful and love the cost savings.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:32 pm

    That sounds and looks like a dream. I’m so glad that you found a venue that fits your needs AND your budget so perfectly!

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    Miss T-Rex 688 posts, Busy bee @ 6:55 pm

    Wow that’s a great venue! 😀

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    photoboothero 5 posts, Newbee @ 10:13 pm

    What a beautiful location!!! How jealous was everyone that they couldn’t have their wedding there too! Congrats!!!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:16 pm

    Oh I love your reception space! How rustic and lovely!

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