I’m not going to lie…this falls under the “things we had decided on before we were engaged” bit. To the tune of April before we got engaged in December. :) As soon as we started talking about getting engaged you know Opal and myself went to planning (I mean, do you really need a ring if you know it's coming?) Maybe planning isn't the word we used back then - more like research, looking, browsing, getting ideas, unofficial planning, etc., you get the idea.
One of the first discussions Dave and I had was about where to get married and what was most important for us on that day.
Dave’s ideal wedding venue:
My venue I had imagined when I was a young girl:
(the church my parents got married in and I attended until I went to college)
as a teenager, just like Melissa Joan Heart did…a week long trip to Italy
(clearly this was also when I was young and did not understand the concept of money or responsibilities of being a grown up)
Since Dave’s family is Catholic and my family is Baptist we decided it was very important for us to not have a church ceremony in an effort to make everyone feel comfortable. (PS – before your gears start turning, yes, Dave and I have had several discussions about this and we have a plan for raising our future children and incorporating both religions. Calm it down.) Now back to venue decisions…we toyed with the idea of having a nice destination wedding:
(who couldn’t love that)
But decided that was not really for us. Hello, I hate being HOT and would not want to get sand on my dress!
One day Opal sent me a link to VRBO, which we had used for vacation rentals in the past. It was for "The Retreat," a 13,000 square foot house on Lake Oconnee that allowed weddings.
More wedding photos from the house are here.
Dave and I immediately fell in love with it. It was perfect…casual, low-key, beautiful and we could stay the whole weekend with our bridal party/families and not be rushed. Plus it would allow any caterer, no police/bar tender for the bar, any setup we wanted for the wedding/reception, basically the place is ours to do what we want for the weekend. I talked to the owner, we made a trip out to see the venue, decided it was right for us, then waited to be officially engaged to put a deposit down.
So what do you think? Too nontraditional or smart for paying the same price for an entire weekend as we would for a one day banquet room at a hotel?