James and I visited the Center of the Arts at the Armory this weekend as a potential wedding ceremony / reception venue. I’d been for events (Cupcake Camp!) before, but never saw the Armory in its full glory. Wow. We were impressed. Very impressed. The price is incredibly reasonable, comes with a lot of extras that other venues didn’t offer, and grants us use of the mezzanine in additon to the performance hall. It has the same “usage” as the EpiCenter but has a very different look and feel.
We loved that they will provide a bar tender; that they will provide us with chairs and some tables; that they have a space to get ready; that they provide audio / tech support; that you can project things on a screen that floats above the “Performance Hall area.” The list goes on and on.
It was perfect. Right now they aren’t booking as far in advance as our wedding, but we’re going to put a hold on some dates and hope for the best. James and I both left feeling incredibly inspired and giddy. I presume this is a similar feeling I will have when I find the dress.
The Armory hasn’t had a lot of private events in the past (Somerville just started allowing this), but I did come across a great collection of photographs that Ruby Shoes Photography took for a chef event that will give you an idea: http://www.rubyshoesphotography.com/2010/03/18/future-chefs-awards-dinner-2010-arts-at-the-armory/