Sorry this is a day late. I went to dinner with a couple of friends last night and it was quite late when everyone went home. So today I'm sharing the final venue that Wytmer and I toured before making our decision. If you missed my previous posts you can see part one here and part two here.
Venue # 3: Butler's Courtyard
This venue has so much personality and history. It's an old bank building that's been transformed into an entire block of wedding amazingness. This was the longest tour that we took because there was just so much to see. The outdoor area was gorgeous with beautiful landscaping and lighting all around. There were so many sweet little areas that I could see as being amazing for photos.
The great hall (reception area) inside was my favorite thing about this venue. The exposed bricks, gorgeous flooring, and twinkling lights all came together to create the perfectly warm and inviting place. I loved that room and could picture the perfect party there.
Another thing that I loved about this venue was the fact that when you reserve this venue you get it for the whole day. In the morning I would arrive with my bridal party and we would stay in the Rose Cottage (second to last photo) until the event started. There we could eat lunch, relax, get makeup/hair done and get dressed. The guys even have their own area to hang out at before the event. They call the men's cottage The Shop and it is the total package when it comes to man caves...TV, video games, pool table and more all done in dark leathers with chrome and red accents. I loved these little cottages so much.
As far as packages go this was another all inclusive venue. We would get a ceremony and catered reception with a wedding coordinator, cake, and decorations. The prices were on the higher end of what we wanted to spend, but since we want a Sunday wedding in March, things are quite a bit cheaper.
The biggest thing that we didn't love about Butler's Courtyard is that they don't have a chapel. We want to have an indoor ceremony because weather in Texas is pretty gross most of the time. March is a toss up month because the weather could be perfect, or it could be too cold (or even too hot). We were told that they could do an indoor ceremony in the great hall after which the guests would go outside for a group photograph while the staff transformed the room into a reception area. It would work, but it wouldn't be ideal.
So which venue would you choose? Let me know what you think in the comments! I'll be back tomorrow (I promise) to reveal which venue we chose.
[all photos are from butlerscourtyard.com]