My first thought of this elegant wedding at the Penn House was “Wow, this is really extravagant! They must have spent a ton on this venue”. Nope!  Because it’s own by the city…it has very budget friendly prices.  Well here’s one Reidsville best kept secrets. The Penn House located in historic downtown Reidsville once belonged to Charles and Stella Penn. The two built the 12500 square foot home on 3 acres of land in 1908. The house is a beautiful colonial style representative of the early 1900’s.

Charles Penn was a major figure in the American tobacco industry; and Stella was the daughter of Henry Edington, founder of Farmers and Merchant Bank in Fort Worth. Mr. and Mrs. Penn were very philanthropic. They donated largely to the Ashby Penn Foundation Cancer Fund and the Annie Penn Memorial Hospital (named after Charles Penn’s mother).

 One of the Penn’s final donation was their home to the city of Reidsville in 1980. The city has made the house available for special event rentals at an extremely affordable price. That’s the best kept secret. Unlike privately owned properties, city-owned properties go for a fraction of the cost.

Thus, Brenda & Adam were able to splurge on other details that truly made their wedding magnificent. The different spaces available for use at the Penn House allowed (name of bride and groom) to be creative with multifunctioning. Their use of space allowed guest to explore the property and enjoy a burst of something new at different points throughout the evening.

The sidewalk from the parking lot to the courtyard was used for the grand entrance and exit. The newlyweds showed showcased their union by holding hands walking up the extended sidewalk then posed for a kiss. Later that evening guest lined the sides of the sidewalk and waved wands to send off the couple on their happily ever after.

The gazebo and courtyard were used for entertainment. The band set up inside of the gazebo while the courtyard immediately a front of it served as the dance floor. Grassy areas on the side were set up with lounge areas, a photo booth, a memorial exhibit, and an appetizer table.

Continuing along the path lead guest onto the open front-patio which was large enough to host 20 and more round tables for dinning. The guest enjoyed an evening dinner on the front porch, southern style.

Lastly, along the path, guest end up inside the house itself. From the entry way there are two rooms, one on the right and one on the left. The room on the left was another socializing area for dessert and cake cutting. The room on the left is a small study that was the perfect set up for storing the couple’s gifts.

Then Penn house was an extraordinary venue that offers versatility and can be transformed into all kinds of events when you use your imagination!

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Written by our summer intern: Raven