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The Gala 417

Updated: Jul 24

Hey you! Welcome to the Ashley-Adrien Events Blog. This is where you will find behind-the-scenes tidbits, wedding planning advice, featured weddings, and a bunch of our favorite venues and vendors.

Today I am featuring the Gala 417. I absolutely love this place. It's so pretty. I recently went to tour the venue in preparation for an upcoming wedding. I was greeted by Megen, who is the venue manager and special events manager. She did a great job giving me a tour. Below you will find pictures I took myself. There's no event going on, but it's a good look at the venue and gives you a pretty good idea of what you can do to put your own personal touch on it.

The Gala 417 is a new, modern and elegant Wedding Venue in Virginia Beach! Located on Long Bay Pointe Marina, this waterfront venue features a large and open floor plan, 50ft white marble bar, a patio overlooking the water, huge crystal chandeliers, industrial high ceiling rafters, pearl-white walls, dark wood floors, and a beautiful, luxurious Bridal Suite!

The venue can hold up to 200 guests seated. Their wedding packages include A LOT. If you want "A bang for your buck", this is the place to be.

All Wedding Packages at The Gala 417 include the following at no additional cost;

* Exclusive Access to the Venue on the day of your Wedding

* Complete Event Set-up and Breakdown

* Ceiling Drapery

* Bluetooth Wireless Microphones

* 60” Round Banquet Tables (8-10 tops)

* 6’ Rectangular Banquet Tables

* 48” Round Sweetheart Table

* High-top Cocktail Tables

* White Wooden Chiavari Chairs with White Cushions

* White Table Linens

* Black Table Linens

* White Hand-spun Linen Napkins

* Black Hand-spun Linen Napkins

* Gold Charger plates

* White + Gold China

* Bar Glassware

* Stainless Steel Flatware

* Luxurious Bridal Suite

* Complimentary Champagne in the Bridal Suite

* Ceremony Arch Selections

* Exclusive access to The Gala 417 Rental Collection

* Access to 10 pergolas along the Marina, perfect for The First Look, Private moments and other photography

* A complimentary tasting of your chosen menu with a Gala Executive Chef.

* Champagne Toast

* Cake Cutting Service

Like I said, Bang for your Buck. There arent many venues that include this much in just one package. Other good things to know, are that they have their own in-house catering and they only cater plated meals and horse d'oeuvres. No buffets or outside catering. Other than that you can use any other vendors. They don't have an exclusive vendor list or anything like that.

The venue uses two large spaces. One for the ceremony and the other for the cocktail hour. during the cocktail hour they close the curtain and prepare the room for the reception. Guest are guided back into the reception space for dinner. During dinner, the curtain closes once more in order for staff to clean up after cocktail hour and prepare the space for any events post dinner. ITs a great system that allows for flawless transitions.

They also have an onsite bridal suite that is roomy and very pretty. Lots of light, perfect for make-up application. They also include a mini-fridge, full-length mirror as well as an iron and steamer to get out those last minute wrinkles. From a planner's perspective, I can tell you that the owner and her team have really thought things through and have an eye for details. Providing a steamer might seem like a small thing but it is very helpful and shows they know what a bride needs on her big day.

The venue offers plenty of space for all of your guests as well as enough space for a dancefloor, DJ or band, photobooth, and any other stations you might want to set up. Gala 417 also offers a small range of decor items at very reasonable prices that couples can use to elevate their event even further.

If guests need to get a bit of fresh air, they can do that too. Across from the bar area is a large outdoor patio where guests can mix and mingle.

Overall I would say this venue is a winner. Great package deals, great food, and excellent staff. Use the venue as is for a beautiful classic wedding look or use it as a blank canvas. The venue's color pallet allows for many different styles, colors and themes.

Photo credits: Gala 417 Me and my iPhone

Gala 417 - Contact 2105 West Great Neck Road

Virginia Beach, VA

Megan Sitko

megan@thegala417.com (757) 536-0454

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