3/21/10::: So I never thought I would be the kind of gal to like a 'hotel' wedding venue. Lo-n-behold, I do, I do, I do. Yesterday we visited Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown, which was just renovated about a year ago and from the moment you walk in you are hit with a modern day decor which gives it an 'upscale' feel. Located in another state (CT, and we're in NYC), but only 45 minutes away it was well worth the travel. For starters the hotel does have a complimentary shuttle that will take you to & from the hotel when you arrive (we came by train), and also for visits throughout the local area. Along with the modern day decor and shuttle service, the Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown has many venue spaces to choose from. ALSO, their starting price for wedding packages is VERY reasonable and they do cater your menu to your liking if you don't want a package. The only downside is the ceremony space. You can either have it in the room you choose, or the atrium near the running waterfall (more like a waterwall) which is a public space that they can make private with dividers. Since same-sex marriage is not legal in NY, but is in CT we had decided to check out CT and have a 'destination' wedding (minus the sun, sand and surf). If this works out, we will have an intimate weekend wedding with our dearest friends in attendance.!
3/31/10::: A contract!... we've finally received our contract from Holiday Inn Stamford Downtown. Except for the time noted for the rental of one of their rooms for our rehearsal dinner, everything else looks good. We are waiting for a revision as we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner from 7-10, and not 6-9, since it is a Friday evening and everyone will be coming from out of town.