Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ky's Wedding Bells: Picking a date and venue

As I write this, CJ and I are under 200 days from getting married!! It's weird to me that I am going to be married, but at the same time not. It has always felt like we've been married. The only difference this time? I am going from Ms. to Mrs. and I'm changing my last name (and my monogram!). It's going to be here before I know it. So I thought I would share a bit of the tips and trick along the way.

So for this post we will be talking about picking a date and a venue.

Picking a Date!

CJ and I knew when we got engaged that we didn't want an "extended" engagement (side note: if you are doing an extended engagement more power to you! It just didn't fit who we are as a couple!). We knew that within the year of getting engaged we wanted to get married. We also knew that we wanted to get married back home in Florida and not in Indiana. It would have been too much to ask our ENTIRE friends and family (who 90% of them live in Florida) to fly up and stay in Indiana. It just would have been unfair.

By November we have some idea's of what we wanted. CJ wanted a summer wedding and being the typical Florida boy his is, he wanted it on the beach. But I also knew couple things, I had been to too many beach weddings and was over it, there was no way we could do our ceremony outside in the summer and the ceremony and reception needed to be at the same location. After I expressed those things to CJ he agreed and saw my point of view and we decided on a couple weekends in the Fall.

Now I would NOT recommend having a certain date picked out unless it has a significant meaning. For example it was your grandparents wedding date etc. We actually picked 5 different weekends that we would be happy with. This opened us up to getting more of the location that we wanted because we wanted to be flexible. If you have your heart set on a certain date, I suggest that you have a big list of venues so you don't have to settle or start planning EXTREMELY early. Because the ONE thing you don't want to do is settle on what is to be the MOST important day of your life.

Picking your Venue!

Once we had the dates we compiled a list of locations. SO DO YOUR RESEARCH! With me being in event planning years ago I knew the venues that I like and didn't like. CJ and I really wanted our local Botanical Gardens. But the price didn't include certain things we wanted and we would  be forced to use a list of there "approved vendors" which I was not thrilled about.

Don't be afraid to ask question. Write down a list of things you'd like to know about the venue. Know how much the room holds. Do they charge extra for the ceremony and chairs (if you plan to have it at there location). What are the size of the tables, are the square or round etc. Think of it as you interviewing them. Also be sure to take a camera or use your phone to take pictures. This will help you narrow it down when it comes time to choose.

                                               [This is where we are getting MARRIED!]

We ended up going with our second choice which was CJ's parents country club. But in all honesty I'd say it was dead even with the Botanical Gardens. Plus we know the country club a bit better because we've had dinner there and played golf a number of times. CJ and I where very fortunate to get our top weekend as well.

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions or use the hashtag (for Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) #KysWeddingBells with your question! Until next time!

xo Ky

1 comment:

  1. I am happy that you both are going to tie the knot. Eagerly looking forward to your big day! We got married last month at an outdoor event space. Had loads of fun in our wedding. It was a great experience to plan wedding together.