This weekend, Big Spoon and I decided to get right down to the business of finding a suitable venue for our wedding ceremony and reception. With our same list of priorities and our newly learned lessons about venue hunting, we started in Hermitage and wound our way up to Gallatin. I'll cover all the stops we made today and the Budget Bridal Show in another post. For now, I'd like to introduce you all to our new wedding and reception venue:
This mansion has a charming history. Owned by the City of Gallatin, Rose Mont Mansion is maintained by a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving this gem of the past. Although 45 minutes outside of Nashville, this is by far the best venue we looked at in price and functionality.
The majority of the mansion will be open for the bridal party to use and for picture taking. Guests will not be allowed inside, but that is fine because Rose Mont has a wonderful *new* reception hall in the back of the property. There is a lovely rose garden between the two buildings. The inside is elegant, simple and spacious. A small kitchen in the back and out of the way, a front and back patio that we are welcome to use for whatever! There are white tables and chairs on site for us to rent for a very small fee.
Most importantly, we get to rent the venue for our rehearsal on Saturday and we have somewhere warm and dry for our guests to enjoy the reception (or for the ceremony to take place if there is inclement weather).
It's beautiful, affordable and just a mile from the charming town square of Gallatin, TN - the city of my birth. What makes this even more special, we booked it exactly one year from our wedding date. What a weight off my shoulders! I now feel like all the pieces to our wedding story are fitting nicely - we worked as a team to overcome the disappointment of losing a venue, exploring many different options and
gathering information and through that, found one simply perfect for us.
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A big thank you to Rita Rowland, CJ Dickinson and all of my blogger bride buddies for their suggestions, support and encouraging comments.