Getting to Geraghty: Venues

Happy Wednesday, I’m back with Wedding Wednesday and I could not be more excited! With the new year, Dan and I wanted to start planning the wedding to give ourselves plenty of time. I’ll go over some small details we have decided on as well as our venue selection experience.

We are aiming for March/ April 2020 and we know we’ll being getting married in the Wilmington, NC area. Ideally, with everyone having to travel, we’d like to treat this as a mini-destination for our guests! Dan and I are open to a Friday or a Saturday wedding that would start later in the afternoon. As we nail down more details, I’ll continue to share them with you guys, but that’s it for right now.

This past weekend, Dan and I were able to experience Courtyards and Cobblestones. This event is an innovative wedding tour that showcases multiple venues and wedding industry professionals in the area. Each venue was set up as a “show room” as a wedding with food, music, drinks, and décor. We identified this event as the perfect way to scout our venue since we were interested in each venue on the list!

Dan and I living in Charlotte means we are three and a half hours away from the Wilmington area and so we wanted to get the biggest bang for our time when starting to look for venues. We found that this event was perfect for us for a few reasons.

  1. Visually, we were able to see each space set up. As visual people, it was helpful to see how people maneuvered through the space, where you could set up items like the bar or a photo booth, and more importantly, we saw how the owners and event coordinators interacted with guests and vendors.
  2. Since we were interested in the venues included, it helped us focus on the facts of each option. This helped not to get too swept up in the extravagant set up at each place. We often asked if our guest list would fit comfortably, could we see ourselves getting married there, did it fall within our budget, and how convenient it would be for us and guests on the day of the wedding and for accommodations.
  3. Lastly, to be quite honest, we had no clue where to start! An event like this was perfect for us since we took six months not thinking about planning at all. Although we will have help going forward, the process of finding the venue was something we knew was important, but wasn’t sure when we would find time out to the coast to do. An event like this was a day and a half and as long as you go in with no expectations you don’t get overwhelmed. Instead you really identify your options for your wedding.

I know this is not everyone’s way of finding a venue and that’s okay! Dan and I didn’t want private tours and one on ones. We wanted to see the space in action and be able to dream up our vision within it. Honestly, we ate, drank, and danced a bit, which was the perfect date night out while planning for our wedding!

While in town, we also met with a wedding planner that we’re really excited about. I hope to share more about that experience as well at a later time! We have some big decisions to make soon, but I’m just grateful that our experience doing it has been an enjoyable one.

So although we have not decided on the venue yet, we have our favorites and will be making a decision by the first of February. I’m not sure how I’ll share our decision, but I will ensure that through this series I give you guys an honest look at our process. Anything from décor to invitations to events around the wedding. If you’re looking to have me share something specific, please reach out to let me know!

How was your experience finding your wedding venue? How long did it take you and was it in an area far from where you live? Let me know in the comments below. I love being able to connect with you guys through your experiences, everyone’s is different! I hope you enjoyed this recap of our weekend venue “shopping”, I look forward to writing more wedding content for you guys soon. See you guys next time!

xx Alicia

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