We had a great time at the Bridal Tour at Giavonna’s Catering and Banquet Hall yesterday afternoon spinning some tunes, meeting some happy couples, and having an opportunity to taste Chef Frank Espositio’s spectacular authentic Italian fare. This warm, intimate venue would be especially great for smaller weddings in the 150 guests and under range, but could comfortably seat as many as 180.
Giavonna’s had their 740 Munroe Falls Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls banquet hall set up formally with several different (example) colors of linens displayed — including purple, lavender, pink, and red. They also included some of their in-stock Eiffel tower vase centerpieces on mirrors to the table dressings, leaving a very clean, open, and uncluttered feel — an advantage especially if you have additional items you want to incorporate into your table settings, such as placecards, table numbers, favors, etc.
The decor of their hall is also neutral enough to accommodate many themes easily. We are currently working with a a bride planning a Halloween wedding at this location (think “fun kids/family party” in green, orange, and purple), and though many venues have too strong of background decor to accommodate this kind of theme, we think it’s going to be particularly fantastic at Giavonna’s. Plus, check out their cool little adjoining lounge:
We also had the opportunity to spend some time browsing the beautiful Beadtini Boutique collection of necklaces, earrings, and more. You might already recognize one of their Swarovski crystal necklaces; it was featured on the cover of last Spring’s Today’s Bride Magazine.
Beadtini Boutique offers beads and beading supplies, beading and bead-making classes, and a great workspace, as well as pre-made and custom-made beaded jewelry. They do “Girl’s Night Out” parties, bridesmaids’ gifts, bridal jewelry, or even gorgeous adornments for your bouquet! Jennie, one of the owners, told me that one bride created bouquet adornments for her wedding day, and then after the wedding, made memory jewelry out of them for her mother and mother-in-law. What a great gift idea!
They carry a wide variety of beads — glass, as well as Swarovski crystals, semi-precious stones, and freshwater pearls. You can DIY or HTDIFY — that’s “Have Them Do It For You” 😉 — either way, you’ll get a unique piece made to suit your style.
Driving towards Giavonna’s we saw two GIANT stretch Cadillac Escalade limousines. We were kind of wondering who was in them and where in the WORLD they would be going at 10:30 AM on a Sunday — then we noticed them turning into the parking lot in front of us! These beauties are available through Accurate Limousines, and will definitely turn some heads!
Now — I know what you may be thinking: “I thought your blog was partially dedicated to GREEN ideas, AJ9! Is an SUV limo really GREEN?” Well, the answer is: maybe! Chew on this: SUV limos get between 9 and 17 MPG, and while that may not seem like much, consider that the limo’s passenger capacity is four to six times that of your car. Translation: if it’s just you and your groom all by your lonesome in the back of that big ol’ limo, probably not so green, but put your whole bridal party in there, and you may actually be saving some emissions!
Here’s the math: you and your groom each have four attendants. Likely, you’re looking at at least 5-6 cars you would be using to transport those 10 people. Even at 40MPG in each of those 5-6 cars, you’re effectively getting 7-8 MPG for the group, so the limo would actually be better that 5 hybrids. It’s something to think about — plus you’ve get free champagne upon request and a designated driver.
For those of you who were not able to make it down to Giavonna’s yesterday — check out their all-you-can-eat pasta, salad, and breadsticks deal Wednesday evenings from 5:00PM – 7:00 PM for only seven bucks ($7). We’ll definitely be down there this week! Yum!