Sunday, February 8, 2009

Need a venue?

Don't worry, we're not getting rid of ours. But there's a new one in town, and it looks like it would be great!

A couple weeks ago, when it was an unseasonable 60 degrees one day (that was before the killer snow/ice storm that blanketed Kentucky a week and a half ago), I took advantage of the nice weather to walk downtown to the Kentucky Center to see if I could score raffle tickets to Wicked. (I didn't.) And on the walk back home, I happened to walk past this building and noticed a sign up saying it was available for event rentals. So, because I'm a venue junkie, I had to check it out.

It's called The Gillespie, and it's on downtown West Market Street, just a few blocks from Glassworks, but more in the center of the downtown district. It was formerly a bank, and it has gorgeous Art Deco architecture and styling.

I love old buildings. All pictures from The Gillespie's website.

Even better? Although they have suggested vendors, their in-house vendor is one I've worked with before for school events and is almost always the most economical, while delivering great food and service. And on top of that, you don't even have to use The Gillespie's suggested vendors -- they'll let you work with whoever (whomever?) you want! Exactly the kind of venue I like working with.

The only downside? Their prices are slightly higher than at Glassworks, and they seem to be taking advantage of the Sunday-weddings-are-cheaper trend by giving a big discount to Sunday daytime weddings and only a slight discount to Sunday evening weddings (compared to Friday or Saturday night).

But still, go check out the pictures on their website. Look, you can take pictures in front of the old vault!

This would definitely be on my list of venues if I were looking again. Although, I'm really glad that part of the planning process is far behind us!


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