Thursday, May 27, 2010

Venues, Part I

Right now we're interested in two venues.  Big difference from our original plan of looking at every venue possible in every price range possible because we had no idea what kind of budget we were working with (STEP ONE IS ALWAYS DEVELOPING A BUDGET!).

[photo by Amy & Stuart via Once Wed]
So.  The first venue we're thinking about is a family-owned winery.  I happen to be friends with said family, so that would be meaningful and lovely.  Other great things about this place include:
-The price.  It is so, so reasonable to rent out the place.
-The wine.  I love it.  It's delicious.
-The people.
-Parking attendants included!

Some of the tricky things include:
-Capacity.  We really want somewhere with indoor/outdoor capacity in case we get rained out.  If it's raining, their tasting room is not big enough for the amount of people we want to invite.
-RENTALS.  The big money-eater.  Things we would need to rent: a tent, tent siding, lighting (more on this later), tables, chairs, linens, dishes, flatware, port-o-potties.  Yikes.
-Timing.  They only rent the place out for events after business hours (after 5pm, 7 days a week).  We wanted to serve Sunday brunch, or at least have a daytime wedding.  These constraints mean we'd have to have an evening wedding, serve dinner, rent lighting, etc.  It would also likely change our date because a Sunday morning is one thing, while a Sunday evening wedding is another.
-Location.  It's about 2 hours from where we live and where most out-of-towners will be staying.

[The Seinfeld diner!]

The other place we're thinking about is a restaurant.  The good:
-It's really close to our apartment (and the hotel I blocked rooms at for out-of-towners).
-My boss is friendly with the owners and has already offered to call them up and lay it on pretty thick to try and get us a deal.
-They have ceremony grounds AND A TENT.
-It's a restaurant, so very little would have to be rented.

The not so good:
-Richie thinks it might be too snooty for our taste (I say it's what we make it).
-I dealt with one of the owners before, and she was quite rude to me over the phone.  Lame.

I'm definitely leading more towards the restaurant wedding because of what's included and the location.  But I'm optimistic about both/either!

Friday, May 21, 2010

A little background

So.  A little background.

I'm SERIOUS about this wedding.  Meaning, I've been into wedding planning for way longer than I care to admit.  Growing up, I read those wedding magazines and cut out my favorite rings and dresses, as if I was making my own lookbook or whatever it is brides nowadays make for inspiration.

When a serious relationship was taking a turn towards marriage, I started reading wedding blogs: Offbeat Bride, A Practical Wedding, 2000 Dollar Wedding, Once Wed, Snippet & Ink...I was ready to have a unique wedding, with tons of fun personal touches.

Well, the relationship took a turn in the opposite direction entirely, and while I felt like I was going to die at first, it turned out to be the best thing that could have ever happened.  I met someone else, fell in love, and yes, I'm marrying this one.

The first month of our engagement was, in a word, crazy.  We jumped right into wedding planning because:
1) Most of my family and friends are coming from far away, and we wanted to give them ample time to plan.
2) We wanted to give ourselves ample time to plan because I wanted to do a lot of projects myself.
3) His mom insisted on it.
4) Who am I kidding?  I was SO EXCITED to get started!!!

So within a month, we picked a date (for 14 months later) and booked a venue.  The venue was all-inclusive, so that means we also picked a rental company, caterer, and menu.  So much was done!!!

But then the drama set in.  The drama will likely be explained in other posts, but for now I will say that we scrapped all of our plans and are starting over.

So I'm seizing the opportunity to record the process from the (new) very beginning!