September 4, 2014
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wedding Venue?
#1 Lionsgate Event Center
Fourteen minutes after your boyfriend officially became your fiancé you’re in the car in an absolute panic. Questions race through your head at a mile a minute. “Are we really going to invite his ENTIRE a capella group from college?” and “Do we do an open bar? Can we even afford it?” and even “How in the world are we going to do a cohesive seating chart when my family starts yelling in Spanish once they start drinking?!”
And before you can even begin to tackle those queries, you’re going to have figure out the big one: Where in the world are you going to have this thing?
Deciding on a wedding venue is incredibly important and multi-faceted. It could alter the season to have the ceremony, the number of guests to invite, what kind of catering to have, and even what kind of shoes to wear. In this series, we’ll look at venues around Colorado and hone in on one quality to consider when picking out your own location, and hopefully create a cohesive guide for tackling the big bad wedding venue.
“It just has that look, you know?”
Lionsgate Event Center
(Full disclosure, this is the wedding venue I chose to host my ceremony and reception at, so I’m certainly a bit biased)
What caught my eye immediately about this venue was an authentic red English phone booth on one of their properties. Although I don’t expect everyone to have my Anglophilic tendencies, the broader point of this phone booth is that Lionsgate Event Center managed to speak to my deep desire as a bride to have a wedding with quirky details.
Lionsgate is tucked into suburban Lafayette right off of a highway, but you can tell immediately that the owners took their work of putting together a unique venue very seriously. As you walk through the property, classic wedding backdrops abound: a rustic white barn house, stained glass windows surrounded by red brick, fountains galore, and wrought iron fences covered in ivy.
However, the grounds and buildings also contain a number of quirks that end up being tremendous fun when used in photos. There’s an old blue pick-up truck parked in front of a bright mural of a dog, a sweet tree swing, a poker table in the groom’s quarters, and even live chickens (if you’re into that sort of thing!).
One thing that you want to be sure you discuss before you starting looking at venues is what style fits the two of you best, remembering that there are going to be pictures of you in that place that follow you around for the rest of your lives. A great wedding photographer will be able to really incorporate that style into those memories.