“I had one groom come up to me at the end of a night and say that it was magical,” Bice said. “It was so different to hear a guy say that. Everybody just says it’s beautiful here. It’s elegant, but casual. People have the freedom to move around. No matter where you’re at, outside or in the house, you’re part of the ceremony. Plus, there’s a big kitchen which caterers love and a bridal suite where the bride can get dressed at the house, not the hotel.”
And while both venues are so different in nature, they share one common theme. Get them early, because both are booked every weekend of wedding season and usually need to be reserved a year in advance.
“A lot of people get engaged over the holidays, so in January, the phone starts ringing off the hook,” Baker said.
Bice added, “We have a few spotty weekends available, but for the most part we’re booked. People need to reserve a year in advance.”
The Blanton House, at 625 N. Washington St., can be reached by calling 745-4180. Chateau Thomas Winery, at 6291 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, is online at chateauthomas.com and can be reached by calling 837-9463.