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Have Your Perfect Wedding at the Union Station Grand Ballroom

By Marina I. Jokic

Imagine getting married in a former train station. As offbeat as that sounds, the Grand Ballroom at Union Station has become one of the newest and hottest wedding venues in New England. Built in 1896 in Northampton, Massachusetts, Union Station first opened as a major train depot, was ravaged by a fire, converted into a restaurant, and is currently one of the area's most elegant wedding and banquet facilities.

Union Station, designed by the renowned architect H.H. Richardson was a vital distribution link between America's east coast and the rest of the world, serving as the first stop for mail carried to all points of the globe. The station was the lifeblood of Hampshire County back in its heyday.

In 2014, the historic site underwent some major renovations after being acquired by a new ownership group. The train station and restaurant space were converted into a 2800-square-foot ballroom, with its inaugural wedding held in August of 2014.

The Grand Ballroom's owner, Jeremiah Micka, was inspired by the history of the station and saw its renovation as a ripe opportunity to create one of the most unique wedding venues on the east coast. With 20-foot ceilings and a grand fireplace, the ballroom is uniquely suited for special occasions.

"The atmosphere of Union Station Grand Ballroom has a vintage feel," Micka said. "We wanted to keep with the original décor of the building and enhance the details that make this space so unique."

The original brick walls and archways make for an elegant yet simple space which appeals to a wide range of tastes. The majestic fireplace centers the room, lending a pleasant warmth. With ample space to accommodate dining, dancing, and ceremonials, the ballroom can hold approximately 160 guests and features a 16 by 18-foot dance floor. There is a more intimate lounge area which can seat up to 50 guests, and is a nice complement to the grandiose ballroom.

There are three wedding packages to choose from, silver, gold, and platinum, and every one of them includes the use of the facility's 60-inch round tables, floor-length linens and napkins, fresh floral displays, a champagne toast, and a three-course plated dinner. The Union Station's professional catering staff will ensure your wedding menu is in expert hands. A food tasting can be organized before you commit to any of the meal options.

Some of the most popular hors d'oeuvres include vegetable spring rolls with ginger honey dipping sauce, assorted flatbread pizza bites, and the spanikopita. For entrees, the slow roasted prime rib and grilled chicken piccata are also delicious. There are meat, poultry, seafood and vegetarian options to fit any palate and budget.

In addition to the essential services and features you will find at Union Station, a major perk offered is the bridal party hospitality suite. Spacious and luxurious, it is well stocked with all the amenities a bride might need on her special day. Suffice it to say, Union Station will make sure your special day is simply flawless from start to finish.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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