A destination wedding without
Venues are expanding their accommodations so
couples can have it all.
Photos courtesy of Woodstone Country Club
views. Colorful gardens. Al fresco dining. Sounds like the islands. But actually,
its a description of one of Pennsylvanias new wedding
venues, where everything a bride and groom can want is at their fingertips.
Maybe its the recession, or maybe
people like getting married nearby so family can attend. Either way, more couples
are choosing a single, local venue to host their biggest day. Business owners
are stepping up by loading those locations with elegance and amenities so that
every dream, short of palm trees, can be realized.
One such location is Woodstone Country
Club and Lodge in Danielsville. This complex has been expanded by 70 percent
since it opened in 2000, according to Director of Marketing Jacob Longley. The
expansion has provided the club with a 19-room lodge with decks overlooking
the golf course, a grand room with grand staircase, and beautiful gardens landscaped
especially for outdoor weddings. The grand room was designed to accommodate
weddings as well, so that in the event of inclement weather, a couples
entire wedding can be moved right inside with large glass doors offering
a view of the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania.
Longley explains that the interior of
the facility is flexible according to what a couple has envisioned. For example,
basic round tables can be switched out for farm or other tables, or any kind
of chair style. Likewise, the hall can be shortened if the wedding is small,
for instance, so that the wedding party does not seem lost inside a huge room.
Whether indoors or out, we pride
ourselves in being able to do whatever a couple might be dreaming of,
says Longley. We have packages available, but we also customize.
Longley says that people often refer to Woodstone as the areas best-kept-secret.
While the lodge and facility are only a 25-minute drive from the Lehigh Valley,
people are just amazed at all Woodstone offers, he says, noting
that every room in the lodge has a private balcony (except for two), and offers
game rooms, outdoor decks and a kids room.
We wanted to create a premier
facility, and we have, says Longley. A couple can go back to the
lodge after the reception and set up after-parties ... enjoy the two large decks
the whole place is theirs.