Welcome our latest Indie members, The Bank East Aurora! The Bank is East Aurora’s exciting new wedding venue and boutique hotel perfect for your special day. Bank owner Todd Stine wanted a career change and to find passion about something. As an avid fan admirer of historic architecture, when the opportunity came to purchase the old bank he and his wife took it.
Renovating The Bank East Aurora
Not sure what to convert the space, it wasn’t until the renovation process his vision came to him. As workers stripped away the dropped ceilings and vinyl flooring, The Bank revealed itself as a bright, lofty inviting space. It left visitors surprised and impressed with it. Todd knew converting the property into apartments wasn’t going to cut it. He saw The Bank East Aurora as a happy place, where people instinctively would gather perfect for a wedding venue.
Quaint East Aurora, New York
Surrounded by little shops, restaurants and bars and art galleries in downtown East Aurora, it’s in good company. The lengthy renovation process led Todd to use dozens of local craftspeople and contractors. He eventually partnered with local vendors to give guests fresh options for weddings. Couples who choose The Bank appreciate the history of the space but want to think outside of the box. They want a unique ceremony to celebrate their special love story, in a space everyone is welcome.
Historical Touches and Modern Finishes
Given its background, The Bank has a variety of features to offer couples a unique spot. Couples also have a chance to enjoy an entire weekend celebration. Built during the Prohibition Era, they found early newspaper ads boasting the space had the best technology to defeat bank robbers. Taking this discovery, they converted the vault and downstairs rooms into “Beneath the Bank.” BTB is a reimagined, secret hideout for those famous bank robbers. With names like Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger and other robbers, the rooms remember those notorious badasses. The decor gives off a speakeasy vibe, combining vintage pieces with modern luxe. Together with The Bank, BTB continues the fun experience guests find upstairs into the lower level.
Original Bank Elements
Similar to other historic renos, Todd took cues from the building itself to shape it as a modern wedding venue. The main floor vault is a great photo opportunity space. A secret door was installed so couples can make a surprise entrance in the event space! They sourced a massive vintage bank directory, retrofitted with a screen so couples can have slideshows or real-time images from the reception to celebrate. They also found gorgeous old deposit tables that are hanging on the walls in the bar area. The bar itself is a spectacular Art Deco piece built by local talent.
A wedding is the biggest party in a couple’s life! The space should be fun, elegant and not bland like banquet halls. The Bank East Aurora is a passion project that led to a wedding venue. The location boasts authenticity and at its heart, it has all the elegance and character that only heritage buildings can bring. There’s a careful balance to honor the past with the future because comfort and convenience are important for a seamless good time.
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