My dream wedding venue…

One post won’t be enough to enumerate all the qualities of my dream wedding venue, but every time I work a wedding, I think of one more thing that I would add to the list.

Today that thing is rigging points.  With today’s more sophisticated brides and grooms, the decor and lighting needs have become more creative and complex.  Often, I am bringing in specialty lighting, whether it’s pinspots to highlight each table centerpiece, or a custom treatment to hide an ugly airwall in a ballroom.  Or sometimes it’s a certain prop, such as a crystal chandelier, or luxuriant drapery to transform a room completely or create a divider where there was none before.

This lighting or decor has to attach to something, and that’s where rigging points come in.  These often exist in the ceiling, and can be built in, or can be brought in by the event services company.  My dream wedding venue would have existing rigging points and offer diagrams showing their exact locations and how much weight they can hold…so I can pinspot, hang chandeliers, and drape to my heart’s content!

{ Real Portland Wedding } Maronite Church and The Acadian Ballroom

One of the great things about this job is the diversity of cultures, faiths, and families that I am honored to witness.  I just received some photos courtesy of the great guys at Impression Arts Photography of a wedding we coordinated in January.  The bride and groom were married in the Maronite church, which is a branch of Eastern Catholicism mostly based in Lebanon and Syria.  What this translates to me as a coordinator is:  great food and people who never stop dancing!  I had so much fun with this group.  Their wedding reception was held at The Acadian Ballroom in Northeast Portland. Make sure to check out all the pictures, filed in the Indoor Weddings photo album.