Boy Meets Girl

It's the story you've heard time and time again.

Boy meets girl.
Boy pursues girl.
Boy proposes to girl.
Girl says yes.
They live happily ever after.

Only not.

Our story is more complicated. And yet, it's all so simple.

Boy meets girl.
Girls is unavailable.
Boy and girl work together.
Boy and girl become great friends.
Girl is available.
Boy likes girl.
Girl likes boy.
Boy proposes to girl.
Girl says yes.
Boy gets deployed.
Girl plans a wedding.

I'm that girl, welcome to my blog.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Girl checks out venues

Boy asks Girl out.
Girl says yes.
Boy and Girl go on dates.
Boy and Girl make memories.
Boy proposes.
Girl says yes.
Girl looks for venue.

Ohhhhhh the venue.
The place where we will be married.
The place that sets the whole tone of the wedding.

I have gone back and forth and up and down and around and around looking for the perfect place. I've asked my facebook friends, my photographer friends, random people walking down the street.

I have looked at estates, hotels, churches, beaches, houses, schools, banquet halls, and everything in between.

I have yet to choose a venue.

Our wedding is still a year away. I get that.
But I want to get started!
Like REALLY started.
Yet, I cannot seem to find the "perfect" place.

Okay so that is not entirely true.
I did find the perfect place.
I found it online and I loved it.
So of course I started scouring wedding planning blogs and photographer blogs for examples of weddings that had been done at said venue.
I found quite a few.
And I fell even MORE in love.
It was perfect.

I couldn't find the price on the site, which usually means one thing.
So I took a deep breathe and sent an inquiry email.
I mentioned that our wedding would be on a weekday in the off season and asked if they could please offer us any discounts for that.

And they responded!
With the added discounts, it was only SLIGHTLY out of our budget.
But I figured I could work around that. It was do-able.
So the next step was to check it out in person.
Mom and I got in the car with our mapquest directions and we headed to the venue.

The location was amazing!!!





But as we spoke with the representative, we found that there were several hidden costs. We got back in the car and headed home... our dreams of the perfect venue fading into the distance as quickly as the venue itself.

Since then, I have searched up and down and all over creation (and the internet) for the perfect venue. I even looked outside of LA in hopes of finding that one place that would just click.


So what do you think?
Beach wedding?
Hotel ballroom?
Big church?
Random field?
Large Private Estate?

What are your wedding venue suggestions??


Jewelielyn said...

well, i checked out hearst castle, but it was "slightly" over the budget :) don't worry... there is an answer out there, we just haven't found it yet...

ella said...

beach wedding would be great, but you have to consider the wind and extra noise. - crappy sound in videos :(

i would choose a castle. you´ll have enough space to have an outdoor wedding and can, if needed, relocate inside. win-win. plus the architecture is always AMAZING!

just my 2 cents

Anonymous said...

I don't have any intelligent opinions to give you regarding location, however... I was married in a little Vegas casino chapel w/ a buffet lunch for the reception. There were only a couple dozen people there (if that)... the people that love me and my husband the most in this world... and it was the happiest day of my life. I haven't been able to top that feeling of happiness yet. So whatever you choose, know that it's going to be WONDERFUL! Good luck and have so much fun picking the perfect spot!

Susie Duffy

Tami Brown and Emily Floyd said...

Castle Green in Pasadena, maybe? But I also love the idea of an outdoor space... Have you considered the Arboretum in Arcadia?

Frances said...

This place kind of looks like the Huron Substation in Los Angeles. I just shot a wedding there and I LOVED IT! You might want to check it out.