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After dreaming, pinning and planning for what seems like forever, the time has finally come to celebrate the beginning of a new life together. And, if you’re looking for something a bit magical and pieced together with history, your search stops here.
The Historic Brookstown Inn, built back in 1837 by Francis Fries and 50 fellow Moravian businessmen, originally started as the Salem Manufacturing Company of the town, Salem. Beginning as a cotton mill, then transitioning into the Wachovia Flour Mill, the building itself was one of the first southern factories to use electric lighting. In 1984, the historic charm and architecture became open to the public with the initial 41 guest rooms and Darryl’s restaurant. The historic building now operates at 70 guest rooms, making it a magnificent place to host out-of-town guests during the festivities.
Tucked away in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, the Historic Brookstown Inn provides a multitude of services for ceremonies and events, from on-site accommodations to their stunning courtyard to on-site catering services. Wedding ceremonies for up to 200 guests can be hosted in their outdoor courtyard, where the grounds are covered with original brick and lined with cherry blossom trees to provide ample shade and beautiful seasonal colors. Before moving indoors to the grand ballroom for the reception, guests can step down into the lower courtyard for a cocktail hour. Full of historic charm and easily customizable, the grand ballroom is 2,500 square feet of space that features exposed brick walls, columns, oversized windows with ample natural light and a built-in dancefloor to round-out the celebrations. The remarkable space is ideal for both intimate gatherings and large celebrations for up to 200 people. This is a space you can truly make your own!
Last October, Abbey & Bryan Riesett couldn’t imagine a more magical day amid such an unpredictable year of cancellations. Abby recalled having to “essentially replan our wedding over again when COVID-19 hit. Allison Watts, director of sales, and Chef Erik were both flexible and tailored to whatever we wanted. Allison helped me talk through potential ideas to have a socially distanced wedding and Chef Erik’s food is delicious! You really cannot go wrong with any of his menu items. Day of, he even stepped up as our bartender because of a minor staffing issue. Not only is the staff amazing to work with, but the venue itself is also stunning. We utilized the courtyard areas for our wedding, as we loved the historic charm and exposed brick the Brookstown Inn has to offer. They have string lights in the courtyard areas that are beautiful and help create a romantic atmosphere. The best part is because they are an inn, you and all of your guests can stay there.”
One of the best ways to stay stress-free when planning your wedding is to turn to the professionals who will wrangle with all the logistics for you. The wedding planning process at the Brookstown Inn initially starts with a sales team representative (Allison Watts or Rebecca Woodcock), who will be the client’s sole contact until the day of the event – keeping the communication process simple and easy. Food and Beverage Director Erik Baciuska and Chef Roger Aquino are hands-on from start to finish with the tasting, catering and day-of logistics. “It is a huge team effort from start to finish. We are all hands on deck,” said Watts.
Additional services provided include custom room diagrams, dedicated venue staff, event setup and breakdown of venue, provided furnishing and reset from ceremony to reception in the grand ballroom.
“There is nothing like it in Winston-Salem. From the spacious guest rooms, vibrant history, venue services and staff – you cannot beat it,” said Watts. At the end of each wedding, it’s “…seeing the smiles, tears, joy in the newlywed couple, their family and friends,” that constantly remind Allison about just how marvelous the Brookstown Inn can be during such a special time.
After that little glimpse into the splendor of the Historic Brookstown Inn, be sure to check them out on Facebook Instagram and Twitter or give them a quick call at 336.725.1120 for more information. Find more about their services at brookstowninn.com