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Location, location, location

The right reception hall will fit the couple’s purpose

January 29, 2011

There are many things to consider when couples are looking at venues to host their reception, and the area is packed with options: historic locations, premier outdoor spaces and even some that provide everything needed for that perfect reception.

Davis & Elkins College Director of Graceland Operations & Conference Planning Melody Wileman said there are several facilities on the campus that can be utilized for weddings and receptions. The two historic mansions, Graceland and Halliehurst, both provide excellent backdrops and the Conference Room, McDonald Center, Pavilion and Field House are also available for receptions.

"There is no minimum amount of people we can house," Wileman said. "In the gymnasium we can have 400 to 450 people. We can cover a wide variety of needs."

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D&E Catering Director Michael Ratliff said couples should choose a space that meets what they want to achieve. "It (the space) depends on the type of party they (the couple) want to have," he said. "The space has to fit them, it has to reflect what they are trying to accomplish."

Both Ratliff and Wileman said couples need to ask questions when looking at potential spaces. Couples should ask about lines, china, glassware and if there are additional costs associated with the items. Another important item to ask about is space for entertainment and electrical needs for DJs or live music.

"You may find a space you love and then find out that it will not work for you," he said.

D&E Catering Services provides all the catering at campus locations.

Ratliff said the space at D&E is usually booked about a year in advance. For more details, call Ratliff at 304-637-1566.

Scott Hill Occasions can provide the historic Scott Hill House in Elkins for weddings and receptions. The first floor of the historic house can seat 50 people inside and 30 people on the front porch.

The large grounds can provide setting for 200 to 400 people for outside events.

"It's a great place for photography," owner Logan Smith said. "You get the grounds and the house for photography before the wedding or reception."

Smith said Scott Hill Occasions provides a lot of flexibility for weddings with the outside seating. The main room on the first floor can be used as a dance floor, there is a room available for the bridal party to prepare for the wedding and Smith believes the history and the beauty of the building will attract many couples.

Smith said couples should be sure to ask questions and talk with their vendors.

"They can help fill in a lot of the blank spots," Smith said. "Rely on the local professionals to get things done. We will be more than happy to put vendors together and do event planning."

For more information on the Scott Hill House, call Smith at 304-816-0096 or e-mail

The Randolph County Community Arts Center can provide two rooms, the Great Hall and Maxwell Room, for receptions.

Executive Director Beth King said couples have hosted their wedding and receptions at the location.

According to King, it can be challenging to find an open date with the activities that take place at the Arts Center.

"The further out you book, the better," King said. "The earlier you book the better."

The 88 Restaurant & Lounge strives to customize every event to ensure couples get exactly what they want for their event. For receptions, the business can host 100 people for a sit-down reception and 150 for a social reception without seating.

"We will work closely with the couple for customization," owner Cathleen Loughney said. "We will work with the bridal party to ensure they get what they want."

The restaurant also offers catering, a hotel and a lounge.

"Try to find a spot where the salespeople will work with you," Loughney advised. "Our place is a one-stop shop. We have something unique to offer."

Snowshoe Mountain Resort has several venues for wedding and receptions. The resort offers culinary teams, a resource guide for cakes, tenting, decorations and a wedding sales specialist, Nancy Nester, to help couples.

"Couples should ask a lot of questions," Nester said. "Don't be afraid to ask any question you can think of."

Nester said the resort has a variety of options for different size locations that can accommodate a dozen people to 400.

"We have at least a dozen venues for wedding and reception space," she said, "We do all the catering at our venues."

Nester has also put together a resource book with area vendors to help couples locate businesses for cakes, gowns and flowers. For more information on Snowshoe Mountain Resort's services visit, or call Nester at 304-572-5450.

Adaland Mansion in Barbour County offers a private setting for weddings and receptions in a historic home. Adaland Executive Director Ann Serafin said people wanting to make use of the space should book early.

"We are completely booked for the entire sumer," she said. "The new pavilion has attracted a lot of people."

Wedding packages are designed for 40 to 150 or more people and include the rehearsal, ceremony and reception. Weddings can take place on the double porch overlooking the garden or on the lawn and can be scheduled from May to mid-October. Garden weddings can be held in the summer months. A bride's suite and a groom's room are available for the wedding party before the ceremony and during the reception.

Buffets for the reception are served in the main dining room and guests can eat inside or on the porches. The cost of the wedding package is $1,450 and the reception package is $950. Prices do not include flowers, photography, music or catering. A deposit fee is required to secure a date.

Call Serafin at 304-457-1587 or 304-457-2415 for more information.

Beander's, located on Davis Avenue in Elkins, offers space for small receptions and rehearsal dinners. General Manager Desire Watson said it is important for couples to reserve the space at least a month in advance. The facility includes a room that can host 40 to 50 people for a sit-down dinner and up to a 100 for a cocktail party.

"There is a $100 charge for rental and we do the food and drink," Watson said. "The price varies on what the couple wants."

Watson said Beander's offers sit down and serve, buffet and cocktail party options.

"We provide alcohol, or if the couple prefers not to have it, we can accommodate that," Watson said. "We already have a liquor license, so we can take care of it, and the couple does not have to worry about running out."

Beander's also offers catering to outside venues through Masterpiece Rentals. Watson said Masterpiece can be a one stop shop for many couples.

The Buckhannon Country Club offers the banquet room with glassware for receptions. People should book at least 30 days in advance.

If the date is in the summer, people should book as early as possible.

"Our prices are competitive with other locations," Country Club Manager Denise Neill said.

The facility features a dance floor, porch and a catering service with an experienced staff.



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