SBW Vendor Spotlight: City Opera House

According to many recent posts, polls and websites, Traverse City is where it's at in Northern Michigan!  Whether it's the food, wine, local brews or just nature in general that has drawn you here, chances are if you're picking Traverse City as the destination for your wedding, your wedding guests will enjoy it just as much as you do.  So why move hundreds of guests outside Traverse City's limits when you could host your wedding reception conveniently downtown?

Adjacent to limitless options of restaurants and bars, boutiques, hotels and other businesses, the City Opera House [COH] blends seamlessly into Traverse City's Front Street district.  Whether you take the elevator or the one flight of stairs, once you arrive in the opera house, you will be taken back in time to the 1890's when the COH originally opened it's doors.  Lovingly known as "The Grand Old Lady", the word "grand" is in fact an understatement.  The rich wood floors, red velvet chairs, Edison Light bulbs and elaborately painted ceiling all add to the appeal of this fabulous venue drawing attention front and center to the perfectly framed stage.  A room that drips in glamor and charm, whether you're seeing a show here or hosting an event, the COH is not your typical event space and will be sure to impress.  Be sure to check out both of the City Opera House's Vendor Profiles under the "Ceremony & Reception Locations" and "Rehearsal Dinner Locations" sections of the Vendor Guide.

Photos courtesy of A Day in May, Event Planning & Design

Out and About: City Opera House, Downtown Traverse City

Location, location, location... that's what they say when it comes to real estate, but I think the same thing applies to your wedding venue.  Not only is it important to pick a location that is special to you as a couple, but it never hurts to leave your guests in awe either.  The City Opera, located in Downtown Traverse City, will do just that. "The City Opera House is the oldest of three historically intact opera houses in Michigan, opening its doors in 1891.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and was soon after restored to its former grandeur by a group of committed, inspired citizens.  Noteworthy decor includes a dramatic barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents, and Victorian styling, all which make the City Opera House a one-of-a-kind venue for a variety of events."

Today the "Grand Ole Lady", as she is lovingly known, serves as a popular venue for everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, conventions, banquets, and weddings.  This year, the always popular, Downtown Bridal Show will take place at the City Opera House on Sunday, January 9, 2011 from noon to four o'clock in the afternoon.  With over thirty-five vendors being represented and a fashion show taking place at quarter past three o'clock, the bridal show should not be missed.   For more information on either the City Opera House or the Downtown Bridal Show click on the links at left.

Photography by A Day In May