The hard thing about choosing a wedding venue is that there seem to be endless options. Whether you are looking for a rustic, country barn, an elegant church or an urban warehouse, chances are you can find numerous venues right in your area. While this makes it difficult to make a decision, it is wonderful at the same time because it means that your perfect venue might be right under your nose.
One fabulous venue idea is to plan your wedding around a historic setting! Taking your guests back in the past with an old time venue is a fun way to put a spin on making your own history together. Plus, with any historic venue, you are pretty much guaranteed an absolutely breathtaking structure! So, I spoke with Donne Mabe of the beautifully historic Bristol Train Station to find out why historic venues will make for such an elegant wedding! Read on for Donna’s fabulous thoughts!
1. Beautiful venues, few decorations
Arguably one of the greatest perks to an innately beautiful venue is the ability to save on decor. This is true of historic venues as well! In fact, as Donna explains, it is probably most true of these old time, architecturally glamorous style venues.
“My number one reason for choosing a historic venue like ours is because it is a historical, beautiful venue that really takes you back to the original 1902 setting. For the most part, the interior is the original from 1902 with very little changes made to it. With that being said, decorating the venue is kept to a minimum because you don’t want to take away from the venue. Really all you need to do is centerpieces because the venue carries the rest of it.”
2. Historic Decor and Themes
While you won’t need a large amount of decorations, the ones you do choose to use can help play up that early 1900’s glamorous theme! At Bristol Train Station, Donna says she has seen all kinds of styles done, but when brides play on the history of the venue, it makes for perfect decor.
“I have had bride’s use the old lanterns that would have been used in train stations in the early days as centerpieces. I’ve had them use trunks to use for gifts and cards and that sort of thing to help take the feel back to that early 1900’s setting.”
3. Old Time Photography
While every bride wants her venue to have the right feel for her special day, another important aspect of a venue is how it will look in pictures. After all, your photos are what you will have to remember your day by. Donna says this is one of the biggest selling points to a historic venue! With the structure and iconic features, your photos are sure to be fabulous!
“Another perk to it is that the freight trains still run, and 99% of the time you are going to get that train and the whistle during your activities…It takes gorgeous pictures, absolutely gorgeous. The exterior of the building itself, first, makes just beautiful pictures. The tracks, brides and grooms take fun photos on the tracks, and sometimes, they are lucky enough to get one with the train in the background.”
Donna and The Bristol Train Station would love to host your wedding! For more information, visit their website or connect with them on Facebook. For a tour of the historic grounds, give Donna a call at 276.644.1573. Tell Donna The Pink Bride sent you!
Images courtesy of Bristol Train Station’s Facebook Page.