From the beginning…

18 Mar

So much has happened since Trevor proposed, so I’ll start from there.  Trevor and I had discussed marriage several times over recent years, especially after we decided to move in together.  So I knew eventually a proposal would be coming, I just didn’t know when.

Starting a couple years ago I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several weddings of my close friends and a couple family members too!  At this point I was able to start gathering ideas of what I wanted my wedding to be like.  Mainly the type of location I wanted, if I preferred sit down or buffet, the general things.

Me & Trevor at our friends outdoor wedding, it was hot, but we had a great time!

Aren't her centerpieces beautiful! I loved the look and feel of this wedding and knew I would incorporate some of the same concepts.

We knew we wanted to have our wedding either Spring or Fall of 2011.  We wanted to try and incorporate the outdoors and we definitely wanted a location that was unique.  I would have to say finding our reception location has been the hardest part of planning so far!  At first we considered having our wedding in the Outerbanks since it has so much meaning to us, but the thought of planning everything from a far seemed too stressful to me.  After visiting several venues in the Baltimore area we finally chose The Evergreen Museum & Library.  Our reception will be held in the Carriage House (more on this to come!).  There are so many venues out there and they all have different things to offer.  Here are some tips to help you narrow down your location choices.

  • What is your venue budget?
  • Do you want to have your ceremony & reception in the same location?
  • Estimate your guest list, this will play a large roll when choosing your venue!
  • Do you want indoor or outdoor or both?
  • Check different resources, don’t rely solely on wedding magazines, ask your friends!  Sometimes the best locations are ones that are not marketed as much as others
  • What time of year are you looking to get married?  Are you willing to budge if your date isn’t available?  If you have a date in mind before you meet with venue coordinators, be prepared that several other brides are interested in your date too!  Make sure you are ready to either change your date or put a deposit down right away before it’s taken by someone else
  • Make a list of what is important to you when it comes to your venue, list everything is priority so you know what you are willing to budge on, what do you want?

Food on site vs. Caterer
Outdoor Space
On-site Coordinator
Look & Feel (Rustic Barn vs. Ballroom)
Rentals vs. On-site tables/chairs/tent/etc.
Selective Vendor List
Reception Hours
Parking
Photo Opportunities
Heat/Air Conditioning
Plan B Option for Rain

 

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2 Responses to “From the beginning…”

  1. Misssy Hunter March 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

    Great job so far!

    • acharmingtale March 21, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      Thank you for my first comment! It’s a work in progress:)

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