When we last left our venue search, we had pretty much just been doing a bunch of online venue hunting. We had shot down one because of price and one because of distance and lack of communication skills. Others weren't even in the running longer than it took me to look at their website.
I'll be honest and say I was beginning to get a little frustrated and worried we weren't going to find what we were looking for. We wanted something unique and inexpensive. Not easy to come by here in Tulsa. Luckily, after scouring the internet for days and contacting multiple venues, we narrowed our search to two that we wanted to see in person. We made appointments for the next week.
First, the place we did not choose: the Central Center at Centennial Park!
This place holds a special place in my heart. It is the site of probably my favorite wedding reception of all time, the Myers's (is that even proper grammar? I'm a teacher! I should know this).
With all of these positives, you'd think it would be a no brainer right? But of course, it can't be that easy. There were several negatives we had to consider as well...
1. After inquiring about decor, we learned my ideal design dream (to hang lights from the ceiling) was just that.... a dream. We weren't allowed to place anything on the beams or the walls.
2. We are getting married in JULY! After the insanely hot summer we just experienced, I knew the bistro table idea probably wouldn't pan out. Its just too hot, even at 9 o'clock at night.
3. No open flames! I have always dreamed of a candle lit, romantic reception. That just couldn't be possible here.
and the biggest one of all....
4. I would always associate it with my friends wedding. The moment I walked in, all I could do was reminisce about Ashley and James's wedding. It was their venue, and while I loved it, I wanted to find "our" venue.
So the search continued.... one more stop on our journey to find the perfect venue!