In the midst of all the wedding planning and studying for school and trying to graduate while simultaneously trying to find a job and still remain sane, we have made a TON of progress on wedding planning. We got all of the major issues booked, like the venue, caterer, photographer, and of course, my dress! And we did all of that in like the first month of planning, whew! I know. Having those big things checked off our list has let us focus on the details of the day/weekend.
After not much planning and deliberation, I knew that I wanted an incredibly small guest list. My sister had a huge wedding where our whole family and extended family and pretty much all friends and family from childhood were invited, and it was SUPER fun. But to me, I didn't get to enjoy the people and the festivities as much because there were people that were there who I haven't talked to in years, and that was something that I wanted to do. (Imagine my sister and brother-in-law trying to talk to everybody, it was crazy and they both hardly remember doing anything other than talking to people.) I want a party with my closest friends and family, and when I say friends, I mean like 3 family friend families who are practically family. So all of that to say, our guest list is a strong 80.
After making the guest list, we were able to make decisions on venues that were able to hold us and still provide an intimate but fun setting. Originally, I wanted the wedding to be outside 100%. That was mostly because I wanted the whole vineyard/barn thing, but after looking, I realized that was not really what I wanted. So the venue that we ended up with was a perfect mix between outside and inside.
I am a checklist person, it's how I get stuff done and feel accomplished. Here's what my Wedding Checklist looks like right now:
And now for you guys to see where we are gonna spend our special day!
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TAYLOR GRADY HOUSE
Isn't this place just perfect?! Surprisingly, I was not the one who stumbled upon it, you can thank Auston for that. And as soon as he sent it to me, I knew it was the place. The only thing was, I was so afraid that we weren't going to be able to afford it. We had a budget, but we really wanted to save a big portion of it for the big ticket items to splurge on i.e. the FOOD. We knew that the food was going to be a big expense because we want an intimate party setting which allows us to spend more on better food for less people.
As it turns out, the BEST part about this place; the price. At first glance, it looks like an $8,000 place. (If that sounds expensive, it's NOT in comparison. A basic, barn and vineyard venue with nothing other than the structure is $9,000) But this place was only $1,450. Can I get an amen?! As soon as we heard the price and they were not booked on our day - we booked immediately.
It is a GREAT medium between outside and inside. The house has bridal suites that both the bridesmaids and groomsmen can get ready in so we can hang out before the Ceremony. It has an amazing catering kitchen and huge mingling rooms. There is an amazing stone patio on the back where we can dance (and save $$ on a dancefloor) and a great setup for outdoor bathrooms that are not Port-a-pottys. And do you see that incredibly dreamy tent and lights? Pinch me.
You can go to their Wedding Gallery to see the absolute beauty and potential of this place. And the best part about this place is that no one I know has ever gotten married here. BIG plus in my book.
So basically, this place is perfection for us. It is way better than the barn, or backyard, or pavilion setup. We are incredibly happy about our choice and cannot wait for our day to get here. Stay tuned for more updates!