Before we even got engaged, I was checking out different venues online just to get an idea of what was available.. you know, just in case. 🙂 So, once that wonderful time came, I had narrowed it down to 2 places based on what I had found online. The first we planned to visit was Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg, PA and the other was Mountain Springs Lake Resort in Reeders, PA.
Thankfully, they are very close to each other, so we were able to visit both in one day. Our first stop was Stroudsmoor. They were having a menu tasting the day we went (bonus!). What we liked about Stroudsmoor was that they had five venue options based on how many guest you’re having, awesome views of the mountains, and the cake tasting wasn’t too bad either. 😉 What we didn’t like about Stroudsmoor is that, because they had five venues, they could have five weddings in one day. And the date we had our hearts set on, September 24, 2016, was already booked (in March of 2015)!
Here are some pics & the link to Stroudsmoor Country Inn
Our next stop was Mountain Springs Lake Resort. From the second we walked in, I knew this was it. Just when I thought the windows sold me, they gave us raspberry champagne and cookies. Seriously sold. The owners were so nice, they had an on-site ceremony area, and the package includes a day-of-coordinator, a bridal suite, a groom’s suite, plus a honeymoon cottage. They even have cottages surrounding the lake for all of our out-of-town guests. Dream come true!
Needless to say, this is our venue and I couldn’t be happier! Of course, everyone has different priorities for their big day, but here are the things that we considered when deciding on our venue:
- Size (we have big families)
- Style (we really wanted a garden-like theme)
- On-site ceremony area with indoor site for bad weather
- Date Availability (since we really wanted 9/24)
- Find out why in Our Proposal Story!
- Good space for a band
- On-site coordinator for the day of
- Guest accommodations
- Activities for out of town guests
- And of course, price
I remember wishing I had taken a notebook and paper so I could write things down when you’re getting so much information at one time. Be prepared to be asked lots of questions when you’re there, like what your overall vision is, color scheme, if you want a band or dj, and if you want buffet style or plated meals. It is an overwhelming but incredibly exciting time!
Good luck finding your venue! Wherever it may be, your day will be perfect. <3