Don't panic. The above is a work-in-progress. It looks like a great big mess, but we're going to clean it up. By the time you read this, painting should be complete and the Margaret Rivers Room at the Stillwater Public Library (I affectionately refer to her as Maggie) will be back in business and better than ever. The ceiling seems higher, the room feels bigger, and the colors are neutral. Maggie is looking good!
The Margaret Rivers Room is our biggest indoor space. It can hold up to 120 guests (seated at tables), but 100 guests or less is the best fit. I have managed to fit 160 people into the room, but it was a tight squeeze, and uncomfortable for both the guests and servers at the reception.
A reception in the Margaret Rivers Room has many advantages:
- Catering staff can prepare the room behind closed doors before and/or during the ceremony and after the reception. You benefit because you can have a tighter timeline; your caterer can arrive later and depart earlier.
- No last minute changes due to inclement weather.
- The furniture in the Margaret Rivers Room is not rented like the Library's outdoor furniture. If you opt for an indoor reception, the only cost is a $50.00 set up fee.
- If your ceremony is outdoors, and your reception indoors, you can have separate color schemes. Double the fun!
For the majority of brides, the Margaret Rivers room is used as a Plan B back-up in rainy or unseasonable weather. For others, their guest list exceeds the capacity of the Margaret Rivers Room, and an indoor reception is not an option. In either case, many caterers will recommend that Maggie be used during cocktail hour, or for your buffet line. This keeps your food close to the kitchen, and safe from wind, rain, and bugs. Your caterer is the best judge of where buffet lines should be located. Maggie's in-ceiling sound system and projection screen make adding a DVD slide show to your cocktail hour a breeze (notice the screen in the picture below).