Wedding Wednesday: Picking Venues

I have to be completely honest with you all... wedding planning has been somewhat a nightmare for me. As someone who LOVES to plan a good shindig and even dreams of starting a party planning business someday, few things have been as challenging as planning my OWN wedding. Here are some of the reasons why:

  1. I'm painfully indecisive. I care wayyyy too much about what people think and I constantly want to please others more than I want to please myself. This is why I think I'd be great at party planning, I'm all about what other people want! But I'd hate to have myself as a client...
  2. Rob and I are funding our own wedding. While that means we have complete say in how it goes, that means finding a way to serve caviar on a McDonalds budget. [For the record, there will definitely be no caviar.. I'm just not that fancy.]
  3. On top of being indecisive, I also change my mind frequently. Over the course of our 8 month engagement, I've planned nearly 5 different weddings in my mind.
  4. Weddings are HARD. The guestlist is everything. With every awesome person you meet/befriend, it makes you think about adding another 10 people to your guestlist which affects everything (budget, venue, rentals, catering, etc).
  5. Did I mention how indecisive I am?

Once upon a time, I had a completely different wedding in mind. I dreamed of a popular white tented venue with pre-determined wedding menus and free wedding coordinator that comes with it. But as time went on, I became less and less comfortable with the "cookie cutter" wedding. I'm talking about the one-stop shop venues that do weddings every weekend, have catering and drink options you don't have a say in and minus the decorations, every wedding there looks virtually the same. I decided I wanted to build my own venue, from scratch. I started searching for land, just a grassy area where I could bring all the wedding vendors I wanted together. And guess what? We found it. (Much thanks to the wedding venue whisperer and my former co-worker Yahanna!)

DCR1DCR2DCR3DCR4DCR5I asked for grass and grass I got! We've got football fields worth. The white building is owned by a historical society and its roughly 20 minutes outside of Sacramento. They have no restrictions on vendors at all (hello open bar!) and since it's not a full fledged wedding venue, I'm not paying premium prices, which makes a huge difference in our budget. I've got plans for this place... ones that include long family style tables and bulb lights for our evening/nighttime reception!

Honestly, I'm really glad I wrote this post because I'm getting excited about wedding planning again all of sudden. But I'm going to use Wedding Wednesday to hold myself accountable so feel free to harass me on the interwebs if it seems like I'm avoiding wedding planning. I'll probably post a Wedding Wednesday 1-2 times a month, so I don't drive all of you crazy.

And because I'm already soooo excited, next week Β for Wedding Wednesday, I'll be posting our engagement photos taken at Disneyland by the amazing Emily of Anna Delores Photography! [She just redesigned her site, check it out!] Here's a little taste to get you excited for next week (in case you haven't seen them all over Facebook, Instagram, etc).

Disneyland southern California engagement session photo-9306


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15 thoughts on “Wedding Wednesday: Picking Venues

  1. What a gorgeous venue! It looks like something out of a story book. Love the sneak peak engagement photo... can't wait to see the rest of them! πŸ™‚

  2. EVANI! This venue looks gorgeous! I have my fingers crossed that my eventual wedding will be filled with green grass, great weather, yummy foods/drinks, and romantic lighting strung EVERYWHERE

  3. I think bringing all your own vendors together is the best idea for people who are indecisive, like you and I πŸ™‚ xoxo

    1. Evani G

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      I think you're so right!!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Eliza!! (Sorry for the delayed

  4. Beautifullll! WEdding planning seems like it's going to give me tons of headaches and anxiety- but at least you'll be a pro at it by then so I can turn to you for advice πŸ™‚

  5. OMGGGG I am so freakin' excited for this venue, lady! GORGEOUS! This is a location that's a dream for me, too! But you shouldn't care what I think. But I'm definitely way stoked -- it's going to be amaaaazing!

  6. haha! And this is why the boy and I have talked about eloping! I didn't realize how much goes into wedding planning until now either haha. But I love the venue you chose!! It's a blank palatte you can turn into whatever you want! Can't wait to see more of these engagement pics πŸ™‚

  7. oh YAY Evani! I'm glad you got your wedding planning mojo back - I totally hear you on getting burnt out. There are certain details that I'd get asked about and I'd totally flip out and be like I AM NOT MAKING ONE MORE DECISION. I CAN'T DO IT. GO AWAY.

    but yay for the magic reappearing πŸ™‚ and what a beautiful venue! you go πŸ™‚

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