Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Church & Hunting For a Reception Site

Dan and I have both been raised Roman Catholics and made our Confirmation. So whenever we'd talked about weddings before we got engaged, it always came up that we'd want to be married in the church. So we started going to church together at Ss. John & Paul in Coventry, RI. His parents were married there almost 30 years ago, and he made his confirmation there as well. We also know we want to live in the general vicinity of the area, so it made perfect sense to us to book this church for our wedding. Father Grenon will be officiating. Another interesting tidbit is that my Dad's name is Paul and Dan's Dad is John. So coincidental :-)

As far as the reception site goes - we visited 14 sites...With a guest list hovering around a solid 230-240 people, no children, we knew we needed a large space with plenty of experience handling a crowd this large, but that also serves great food and has an exceptional manager on hand with a great track record.

We visited:

Quidnessett Country Club
Crowne Plaza, Warwick
Radisson, Post Rd.
Marriott, Providence
Johnson & Wales Inn
Alpine Country Club
Providence Biltmore
The Westin
Cranston Country Club
Newport Yachting Center
Quonset O Club
Valley Country Club
Laurel Lane Country Club
Crystal Lake Golf Club

The winner - Crowne Plaza!

From late March when we began our search until now, Michele Strobel and Zac St. Jean at the Crowne have been nothing but helpful and courteous to Dan and I. We actually ended up visiting twice, and I knew that when I saw Dan's face light up the second time, it was the place.

-Photo courtesy of Main Event Weddings, 2008

They have packages that couples can customize and include a wedding cake. We love the modern space with high ceilings and there is plenty of room for our head table (16 of us total!), a huge dance floor for our friends and families... most are dancing machines!

I'll totally be transforming the ambiance with either amber or blue, or maybe a bit of both. High ceilings can equate to tall centerpieces as well...oh the possibilities!


Jen said...

Wow you guys were quite diligent with your search - impressive! We went to a wedding at the crowne a few years ago, it was lovely. Our room block/next day brunch is there for our wedding; we're getting married @ Quidnessett..

Kristina said...

:-) We like to know all the options before making a decision. Quid is beautiful and was our first choice but was going to be more $ than the Crowne.