Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Creative Venues

When I hear the prices that are being paid to use event venues I cringe. Really cringe. Is it really necessary to spend that kind of money to have a memorable wedding? 

I don't think so. But what are the options? 

Well... look for public spaces that don't cater to just weddings. Look for the local recreation centers, the churches, the rotary club hall. Really! I was at a wedding reception held in a rotary club. It was a lovely old building and the reception was very sweet. This photo is at my friends Jordan and Elmaire's wedding at our local recreation center. Elmarie did a fantastic job creating a lovely decor in a simple space. And... since we live in Colorado, the views were fantastic (sorry to rub it in, but it's true)! 

We looked at a rec. center to have Joel and Gwen's wedding in Boulder. It too had a beautiful view. The plus is the cost. Much cheaper. The minus, you have to do more work. Most place don't provide linens, dishes etc. so you have to consider those costs into your total. 

However, in searching out options for another wedding we made a new discovery! Turns out, if you are a current student or alumni you can get deals when renting their event spaces. In our case, half off! Well worth looking into. 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A New Series

I have some news! Last week I told you I was going to start another series, and I'd like to introduce that to you now.

Meet Marybeth And Ben. This couple is very special to me for one simple reason...Marybeth is my beloved daughter, and Ben is my beloved soon-to-be son-in-law. AND they got engaged yesterday!!

He proposed in front of a 9'  Steinway piano after singing her a song he composed (what else for couple of music majors?).

And the wedding is approaching soon, August 8th to be exact. And this is what I am planning to do; I want to take you along as we make decisions and choices about their special day. I hope it will help you, if you are doing (or planning to do) the same thing. 

It will be pretty, but it will also be simple. That's the way we are, we don't like it too over-done. But mostly I hope my daughter and son-in-law remember it as a day of wonderful memories surrounded by the people they love. A great way to start a marriage.  

So, look for upcoming posts about what we accomplished along the way. I won't be able to show you everything (we want that to be a surprise for the wedding day), but I will TELL as much as I can!!