Lanterns and Lace provides locals with unique venue space
20 Dec 2021
In 2019, Mary Wise and her husband transformed their family auctioning business in Manly into a venue called Lanterns and Lace.
Throughout their time in the auction business, people suggested that she open the building up for venue reservations. When she and her husband were ready to retire, they felt it was the perfect time to open Lanterns and Lace.
The venue, a vintage-style barn located off of Highway 65 in Manly, is frequently reserved for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, class reunions and weddings.
“We can serve probably just about any party, and we strive to keep people happy with their event,” said Wise.
The venue consists of a prep kitchen, restroom facilities and a reception room with a gazebo and bar. Lanterns and Lace has a liquor license to operate the bar but leaves catering to those reserving the venue.
Wise has a plethora of decorations available for anyone needing them. She noted the last several couples who reserved the space for a wedding strictly used her decorations to significantly cut down on costs.
“We want to provide a beautiful space that’s more affordable in the area,” said Wise. “We want couples to be happy that they chose our venue for their special day.”
If so chosen, those reserving Lanterns and Lace can also use the business’ tables, chairs, tablecloths, sound system and more.
Wise and her husband make a point to stay on-site during events to help set up, as well as be there for any other assistance needed.
Wise is continuously adding new elements to the venue to improve it. They are working on an outdoor ceremony location where they will add an arch and seating and hope to have it completed by spring.
The couple is also working to make a dressing room for brides and may build one for the men as well.
More information on the venue can be found at lanternsandlaceiowa.com.