Unique Wedding Venues
By JENNIFER THOMPSON
Facchianos Bridal & Formal Attire
INTERESTING SETTING: Mary Grewe and Doug Bracken were married this summer in the warehouse of Wiemann Metalcraft at 639 W. 41st St. in West Tulsa. The warehouse was packed with guests in the unusual setting, which made for a very fine and unforgettable wedding. Bracken is president of Earnest Wiemann Metalcraft.
Courtesy DOUG BRACKEN
When the word wedding comes to mind most people think churches, chapels, and traditional wedding venues like hotel ballrooms and mansions. Recently I have found some new unique venues, thanks to brides who have come into my bridal salon.
I have heard of a few recently that I think will open an arena of wedding venues in the area. One is The Broadway, billed as “Tulsa’s Urban Event Center” at 720 S. Kenosha Ave., which is located at the east end of downtown. Described as urban, industrial, and chic, it is a great locale for a wedding. The facility can hold up to 200 guests depending on the configuration. It can seat 120 guests. The rate on a Saturday evening is $1,300, which includes tables, chairs and white linens. They also have a “digital billboard” where they will play complimentary welcome videos; also included is a sound system, flat screen television, and a projection screen if needed. See www.thebroadwaytulsa.com.
Another very unique place I found is The Living Arts Gallery located at 307 E. Brady St., also in downtown Tulsa. The idea of having a wedding in a gallery is so modern. The wedding party will be surrounded by beautiful contemporary artwork. They offer a beautiful gallery with a wide variety of artworks on display during exhibitions. The rental for this space is $1,200 for 24 hours. The space can hold up to 260 guests and they plan on hosting two weddings a month. Living Arts also has options for additional services such as bartending, tables and linens, and parking lot exclusivity. These services are an additional cost. Contact Melody Charles, the event coordinator, at 918-510-5905 for more information.
One of my favorite unique venues is Bridle Creek. I may be a little biased because it is owned by a past Facchianos bride, Kendra Hendren, who had so much fun planning her wedding she went into the business.
This beautiful ranch-like setting is in Sperry, Okla. and has lots of options for unique weddings. Their rental price goes from $295 to $2,500 depending on the day and time. This rental includes tables and chairs for 200, two lodge areas, two kitchen areas, a brides dressing room and an outside arbor. Kendra tells me they can hold up to 340 guests for a wedding, also depending on the arrangement. Guests can bring in their own caterer and they do allow alcohol to be served. They have all sorts of extra amenities that lots of places do not have, though at an additional cost. Cabins are available for rent for out of town guests and the wedding couple. Guests can get married on horseback and arrive on a stagecoach or even on a buggy.
Guests can take a trail ride the weekend of the wedding.
Bridlecreek can help make a weekend wedding fun and memorable. Call Kendra at 918-288-2882, or check out the lodge and ranch at www.bridlecreekok.com.
These are just a few of the many unique wedding venues to be found in this area. There are so many more places that one can get married. They just have to be searched out. Use any one of these unique places and make your wedding memorable.