My second surprise was upstairs. I had seen from the street view photo that there was an interesting bay window jutting out of the front, but didn’t see the room in the house with it on the website. Well, here it is:
It just happens to be a piece from an ethnic bridal costume. Um, I think I just found my bridal prep room.
I knew the place had been part of a commercial tour of historic homes in the area at Christmastime 2 years ago. The owner said, "You should have seen how they decorated it." I said I'd love to, and she promised to Email me photos! So I'll have ideas on how to decorate!! Maybe not the colors, but the scale for sure.
The house was as small as you’d expect in Salem. But there is going to be such a small amount of guests that I think we’ll be fine. I took measurements of the dining room, then looked online to see how many square feet you need per person and it checked out. Barely! But it checked out. This place is going to work beautifully. The owner even told me I was free to use whatever flatware and silverware that I wanted; there would be plenty for 12 people. I could Email her with questions. And she'd send me photos of the fourth bedroom that I didn't get to see. I can't wait. I've found our venue. I can start booking the rest of the vendors. And I can finally officially say, when someone asks me if we've set a date: "Yes. February 21." :)