Sunday, June 21, 2009

For those "shotgun" weddings

Planning a shotgun wedding?

Then why not have it at Wild West Town - or, at least next door?

This past Saturday, I married a couple at Village Hall Banquets in Union, IL. The Banquet Hall is adjacent to Donley's Wild West Town. (Shotgun .... Old West ... get it? I know, it was a stretch.)

The ceremony took place in the picnic grove. You can expect more details and pictures of the whole affair when Christa and Justin's wedding is featured in an upcoming Real Weddings Profile. In the meantime, I'll tell you that it was a lovely ceremony for a very sweet couple, gently punctuated by the distant sounds of roosters and goats from Wild West Town's petting zoo. It provided some chuckles and we all loved it!

Between the ceremony and the reception, guests were invited to visit Donley's Wild West Town. They were able to enjoy the attractions, such as the Wild West Show or the Antiques Museum, ride the Chuck Wagon, or even pet those goats they heard during the ceremony.

This is such a great venue! Not only is the Wild West Town a fun addition, the banquet hall itself is terrific! It has a gorgeous antique bar, vintage wagon-wheel chandeliers, and floor-to-ceiling windows that make it bright and cheery.

But keep in mind, this isn't just for a venue for western-themed
weddings. Village Hall Banquets is a beautiful setting for any type of wedding. The lovely, natural surroundings are a perfect backdrop.

Imagine a winter wedding with the snow-covered ground setting the scene. Or, a fall ceremony with the gold, red and green hues of the trees providing the decor.

The possibilities are endless!