On New Years Eve of 2009, I walked down a spiraling staircase in a flowing white dress and met my husband at the bottom, it was an entrance that made me blush, but certainly one I had always dreamed of. About 20 members of our close family were seated on the floor, while the others stood above us around a metal-trimmed balcony. It was eloquent and different. We had a very short and simple ceremony which was performed by my uncle (who is a justice of the peace) and we said our own vows and included a rose ceremony with our son.
After our ceremony, we proceeded to take pictures on the balcony, on the gazebo outside that was decorated in Christmas lights and snow, and on the staircase. Our guests proceeded to the next room for drinks and appetizers. From there, we all went into the grand ballroom for dinner and dancing. It was an all together simplistic and average wedding. However, being that we were married there and had the reception there, it made for a very pleasant and free-flowing time.
The details which made Primavera an ideal location:
1. The wedding planner/coordinator.
I have to start by acknowledging our wedding planner, whose name was Jane. She was lovely, friendly and very warm. She laughed at all my emails on details, welcomed me with a big hug every time I went in to pick out invitations, or meet the photographer and a wonderful way of taking charge without being abrupt or aggresive. And when the day came, she was right on point. She was in control of everything, making sure my bridesmaids and groomsman walked on rhythm down the stairs, and that the DJ was set up and most importantly… that I was happy. She was always in control without ever being bossy or demanding. She was everything you would want your wedding planner/coordinator to be. In fact, when I look back on my wedding, she is someone I will remember fondly and I am forever grateful for.
2. The price.
This is a big factor for anyone who gets married. The overall cost of our wedding was about $14,000 (for an estimate of 125 guests), including, our cake, our DJ, our photographer, a limousine, wine service at dinner, champagne for a toast, our invitations, our flowers, all the decorations, and everything in between. The only costs that were not included in this price were our videographer and open bar for the entire night. My mother-in-law handled those details so I am unsure of the total.
There are a variety of wedding plans you can choose from. However, we chose the Majestic Wedding plan, because we wanted to choose our own DJ and photographer. There are also upgrades you can make for the dinner choices. We chose two simple chicken options, as well as a vegetarian option to offer. We had lovely red roses and centerpieces and sparkling white linens with red bows tied to the chairs. It was everything I wanted for my wedding at a very reasonable price.
3. The details.
Primavera (and specifically our coordinator), provided me with lists of vendors they recommended. For instance, our cake was included in the price, and they provided me with the number of the vendor they work with (Monticellos), and I was able to make the appointment, choose my cake, and then they took care of the rest. Same went for the invitations, and flowers. I considered myself a very care-free bride, so I just pointed to what I wanted and didn’t think twice. This may be hard for a bride who is more controlling and would like to know the details of every little aspect.
Primavera was the perfect location for my wedding. In fact, I had many guests report that it was one of their favorite wedding because it was simple, fun and a little different. Rather than walking down a long aisle, I walked down a sweeping Princess staircase, while my guests peered down from the balcony. And rather than driving from the church to the reception, my guests were able to just flow into the next room. And rather than worrying about the details and organization, my wedding coordinator took over and had complete control of every aspect. Primavera is highly recommended!