Welcome to the absolutely breathtaking Clay Theatre in Green Cove Springs, Florida! This venue is picture perfect in every way. Tall, vaulted ceilings with gorgeous geometric lines and all things white, light and airy. Basically, a photographer's dream! I know I say that a lot, but it is truly gorgeous. I had the pleasure of receiving the grand tour with the lovely owner, Andrea Vallencourt. We ventured through the main reception area, courtyard and bride/groom suites. This lovely venue was truly designed with a modern bride and groom in mind. It is a perfectly clean slate for any couple to make their own. I have seen and worked in many venues, but find this location to be unique in several ways. First, it is in one of the cutest, most quaint little towns I have had the pleasure of visiting. There are very few wedding venue locations of this caliber in this area of Florida, which make it a hot commodity. According to Andrea, business has been booming. And rightfully so! Second, it is modern and timeless simultaneously. As a bride and groom, you can get really creative with decor. You can get big and bold, with a Hollywood theme or keep it subtle with simple, light and airy decor. This venue's features speak for themselves. You honestly need very little decor to create an exceptional wedding day space.
Let's chat about the gorgeous, welcoming bride and groom suites, shall we? The owners and designers really thought through these two spaces. They are simple, comfortable and elegant. With plenty of space to prepare for your big day, the bridal suite is peppered with exceptional lighting, for all your hair and makeup needs. There is room for the bride, bridal party and all your wedding day professionals to help you look your best on the biggest day of your life. And the groom's suite? It is the ultimate getaway for any dude. Equipped with a tv, bar, and sitting area, it is the perfect spot to rest, relax and enjoy time with your groomsmen before your big day.
The courtyard is the perfect location for a dreamy, sunset ceremony with up to 200 of your closest family members and friends. The white, brick walls and simple decor provide flexibility for any bride and groom to create the wedding of their dreams. The best part; your guests will hear every single word of your ceremony with its integrated sound projection system available to all couples. You can even use the courtyard for multiple events of your big day; ceremony, cocktail hour, dining. The possibilities are endless!
Who's ready to dance? The ultimate dance floor and reception area can be created in the grand "ballroom". With vaulted ceilings, gorgeous geometric design, elegant chandeliers and a customizable features, this main space is the perfect location for all your reception needs. It comfortably seats up to 150 guests, with room for your DJ or Band. Gorgeous, subtle chandeliers trickle the ceiling, adding elegance to any theme. One of my favorite parts of this grand room is the balcony overlooking the space. It is perfect for a grand entrance, bouquet toss or first dance with your new husband/wife. You don't need much to make this room look amazing, it is gorgeous on its own.
Let's talk pricing! First, it is important to note that you are receiving an individualized wedding experience when you book this venue. The owners personally communicate with you to help you design your dream wedding. Prices range from $5,500 to $10,500, with endless options to add elements that will make your day even more seamless. The prices are based on your budget, the day of the week you are choosing to celebrate your big day and the features you are hoping for. Each package includes up to 150 guests, round tables, chairs, linens and chandelier lighting. Even with their most basic package, you are receiving an exceptional experience with fantastic amenities built in. For an additional $1,250 to $3,800 you can add in a coordinate package that will make your wedding run smoothly from start to finish. If there is one thing I wish I had for my wedding, it would be a wedding day planner and full day coordination. There is honestly nothing more stressful than to be asked a million questions on your wedding day. This venue takes the guess work out of your wedding day experience. It is so worth it to go all in y'all!
One last little note: The Clay Theatre gives you full decision making with your vendors, except for catering. They provide each couple with a list of six options to choose from. Each caterer on the list is exceptional! Delicious food and excellent customer service. Aside from that simple caveat, you are free to decide who will service your wedding day.
If you have not yet had the pleasure of viewing this lovely venue, I highly recommend it! It is simple, elegant, and absolutely gorgeous from floor to ceiling.
As always, I hope you find this post helpful! Happy Friday y'all! Until next week...