We had used Bella Stanza as the location for the after-wedding reception hall. A very good choice. I believe we had about 200 guests overall and there may have been a little more space for additional folks, but it may have gotten a little more cramped had we done so. We had also used the "in-house" catering service, so there was space taken up for the food lines; as well as additional space taken for the DJ, the dance floor, and the tables for the cakes and gifts. It was about the right sized facility for the amount of people who celebrated with us. Had we invited more people, I want to say that the option would have been to add more people to each of the round dinner tables -- less personal space for people to sit around and talk to people.
We met with the folks at Bella Stanza on a number of occasions to plan for the reception. We went to reserve about six months or so in advance and their calendar seemed to have being filling up, but we were able to get the hall for the weekend we really wanted. We had visited them a number of times, including the tasting by the "in-house" caterer and the final meeting the week before our big ceremony celebration. The staff was courteous and helpful.
The hall has a number of options to decorate and spruce up the celebration by upgrading to things like bows on the backs of chairs and such. We went with the basic package and truth be told, it was beautiful and warm. Nonetheless, there are options if a person were to choose to spruce up their minimum requirements of what the hall should look like.
We had used the in-house caterer to provide the dinner to our guests. We had done a tasting event a few months before the big day, and there were a fair number of samples to test. Not everything on the menus were on the testing plates, but we got enough food to know what we wanted to eat. We also selected to have the mashed potatoes to be served in a margarita type glass, and this was a big hit for our guests as they sprinkled on the extras like cheese, bacon, and such on to the taters.
Another perk to using Bella Stanza is its location as it is easy to find and enable folks to get back on to the major streets and the adjacent interstate to go back to either their homes or the hotel rooms.
My wife and I really enjoyed the use of Bella Stanza. It was clean and it enabled us, our friends, and our family to celebrate this big day with us in a very joyous manner.
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