Last week was a whirlwind of trying to make reception hall decisions. We had it narrowed down to 2 places fairly early on - one is a ballroom attached to a hotel/golf course. It's a beautiful room and closer to the church where we will likely be getting married, but the biggest plus was that the hotel was attached and we will be having a large number of out-of-town guests. The downsides = I've been to several weddings/proms/banquets there before, making it not the most unique location, and there have been times where the food has been fine....and other times where it has been not good at all. The second place is a hall attached to a local museum. It's got alot of character and really plays more into Brandon and my nerdy historical side (it was built by Henry Ford). The downsides = it is about 30 minutes away from the church and not attached to a hotel.
To put it nicely, there were some very split and strong decisions :) Interestingly, I was one of the most mellow....but I think we've come to a conclusion - although who knows what will happen in the next 36 hours before we have to officially decide and put down a deposit!
One benefit I've realized already is that having a January wedding means that there are alot more discounts and packages available! I've already had more of a choice with some of the vendors I've looked into and the price of the reception hall I think we are going with is practically cut in half by doing a "first-quarter" wedding (January - March). I love a good deal, and considering most of our guests will be from either Michigan or Minnesota, I have no fears about a cold-weather wedding!
I headed out to Minnesota this past weekend and was able to get a little MN engagement celebrating in! It was great to see my future-in-laws as well as ask my friend Jess to be my matron in honor in person (she said yes in case you were wondering :)).
Saturday morning Brandon and I headed to a place I had never been before (and never thought to go....) - SOUTH DAKOTA. One of Brandon's friends was getting married, so we attended our first wedding as an engaged couple with several other friends from Minneapolis.
Three words I would use to describe my brief exposure to South Dakota....flat, farmland, casinos. It really was prettier than I expected, although the city where we were (Sioux Falls) is apparently the biggest city in the state, and it was not that big. I don't think small town living is up my ally....
(Candy bar at the wedding - chocolate covered pomegranates are officially my new favorite candy)
I love weddings, and it was such a fun experience to attend one knowing that I was planning for my own! The bride is incredibly creative and did some great DIY projects, and the cupcakes were incredible!
(Some of the bride's super creative decorating - shadow boxes filled with childhood memorabilia)