We finalized our reception hall decision today. We visited the Franklin Plaza to meet with Joe, ask our final questions, and SIGN OUR CONTRACT! It's finally official. We will be getting married at the Franklin Plaza on September 29, 2013. Just 314 days to go.
When we first started venue hunting and called the Franklin Plaza (one of our top picks prior to visiting) we were upset to hear that there was a 200 person minimum and that they didn't have any more Saturdays available in September. However, we decided to visit anyway and we are both very glad that we did.
Fortunately, things just worked themselves out. We decided to go with a Sunday in September. This meant a much lower minimum and more freedom to do exactly what we want. Since we will be there on a Sunday, we will be the only wedding that day so we can choose any time of day that we want. That also means that we can be there whenever we want for pictures that day!
Now, to talk a little bit about the Franklin Plaza. First, the building is absolutely gorgeous, both inside and out. This beautiful building, built in 1833 and restored in 1992, was a great financial institution located right in down-town Troy, NY. Now known as the Franklin Plaza Ballroom, this building has been the site of wedding receptions and ceremonies for the past 30 years. For a quick history lesson, the original Monitor Room (now used as the gift room) has been preserved because of its unique history. In that very room the plans and financing for the Civil War ship, the "Monitor", were carried out. The original bank vault now serves as a coat check (and a great spot to grab some pictures) and the pink marble bank teller's counter serves an elegant bar.