Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Muleheaded.

After a few weeks of Googling, Chris found a wedding location online that we REALLY liked the looks of, and my mom and stepdad did us the favor of driving over and scoping it out yesterday. They raved about the grounds. It's in a beautiful historic town in Virginia, easily airport accessible. Even the price isn't so bad.

BUT (of course there's a but) the venue not only requires you to go through a specific wedding planner, the wedding planner requires you to use their vendors.

Perhaps I'm making things overly difficult for myself, but after those initial weeks of not having a wedding vision, Chris and I now have a very strong vision, and it involves doing a lot of things ourselves. We don't want to be strong-armed into our choice of a photographer, caterer, or florist. I think imported stone columns, three terraces, and a boxwood maze are just going to have to be the elegant backdrop to some other couple's nuptials.

We're still thinking about it, but it might be back to Step One in terms of locale-hunting...

6 comments:

The Other Lion said...

THREE new posts! =)

I agree that being forced to choose certain vendors is grounds for apprehension.

Sarah said...

i agree!

liz said...

Let them decide Laura. If they don't like the fact that you've already found a photography then they'll loose business. This could make things a ton easier for you too though.

Traci said...

I agree with Liz. This place is a business, and one that I'm willing to bet lives by the "the customer is always right" rule. See what they have to say.

Traci said...

Also, don't be scared off by the idea of a wedding planner. The good ones can be extraordinarily helpful. The best ones really let you come up with the ideas while they do the grunt work and find the best ways to execute them.

d. said...

I'm really excited to see how that vision of "doing a lot of things [y]ourselves" segues into "OMFG let's just go to Aruba and let someone else handle this crap."