Buffet or sit down dinners?
Wine or champagne or both?
Floral centerpieces or something a little different?
Martin and I have finally tackled the reception-part of our wedding, and let me tell you, this is clearly the most expensive and most detail-oriented part of the celebration
We decided our first step would be to decide on a location. So, despite the wind and rain, we hopped on his moped and sputtered off into Nuremberg. We stopped at every hotel we could think of to ask about conference and banquet rooms. I’m sure we were quite a sight; wearing our ‘bike’ gear (protective pants and coats that make us look like frumpy marshmallow men), dripping from the rain, shivering from the cold, hair messed and flat from the helmets….and these were five-star hotels, too. Despite our appearance, though, everyone was very helpful, and we certainly visited many a beautiful banquet hall.
Almost all come with complete service; decorating, catering, clean-up, everything, which is very tempting. However, it also comes with a price, and this is something Martin and I really had to consider.
However, despite all that hard work, we still couldn’t find ANYTHING that fit our needs. So, we asked his Aunt Mali for help. And sure enough, she found something!! And we booked it in a second.
The Gemeindehaus am Bohlenplatz is located in the heart of Erlangen, Martin’s hometown, which is about 10 minutes from the church. It was a church built in 1728, but over time, it was gutted out and turned into a ballroom. Besides the beautiful room with the huge windows overlooking a park, we will have a full kitchen to use, its classic dinnerware, decorations and other necessary odds and ends.
For music at the reception, Martin’s friends have a band called Green Fish. They play all kinds of music, both German and American classics. When they finish performing, they will then act as a dj for the rest of the night. We really lucked out! We haven’t decided on our first dance song, yet, but for the father-daught/mother-son dance, we’re using Celine Dion’s ‘Because You Loved Me.’