Amy & Bill’s wedding on Saturday, April 21 at St. James Catholic church was a real treat for us. The church itself is beautifully adorned with stained glass windows and elegant wood beams. It provided a comfortable space for the bride and groom to have their own changing areas and privacy on their big day.
The Scoular Ballroom hosted the reception. The ballroom is a historic landmark in Omaha, constructed in 1927. The atrium area is made of glass and marble, and upon initial entry is very stunning, especially when light floods in at sunset! It would be nice to put a sign in here, so guests can find the reception hall itself (which is down a long hallway). The interior of the ballroom is very attractive, with vaulted ceilings and exquisite trim. Its fine drapery gives the Scoular an air of old-fashioned appeal, and the ballroom very comfortably seats over 300 people. The head table was set on the stage on the other side of the dance floor, which provided a nice separation and view of the wedding party but might have made it hard for some people to see at that distance.
Amy and Bill used the atrium and hallway to practice a funny dance for when they entered the ballroom. This worked really well and was very entertaining for guests. A huge benefit of the Scoular is that there is enough space to move around and dance as you enter, even with the gifts and guest sign-in table nearby.
The dance floor itself is made of wood panels on top of the natural carpeting of the ballroom. This made it unsteady for a tripod during dancing, and it is fairly small in comparison to the size of the room itself. The high overhead lights are either “on” or “off,” so if you want to adjust the intimacy of the lighting on any range other than very light or very dark, use lots of candles for your tables or bring in additional ambient lights.
The food serving lines were set up on the dance floor itself, and then torn down before the dancing. Overall, the staff is courteous and helpful, though some of the food tables were taken apart during the toasts, creating a distraction. There was also no one qualified to run the audio-visual equipment on point, so if you’re going to play a video or slideshow you might want to inquire beforehand. The off-street parking is great, and there’s a useful roundabout for pick-up or drop-off.
Overall, the Scoular provided a very elegant experience for Amy and Bill’s charming reception. We recommend the Scoular for larger weddings, especially those seeking a classic romantic look. We were honored to spend a day with Amy and Bill and their families, and we look forward to filming more receptions at Omaha’s Scoular Ballroom in the future.