Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Belle Turned Bride: Choosing A Location

It is safe to say that I live for the summer sunshine. Spencer and I spend most weekends in the summer sprawled out on the beach playing horseshoes, reading countless books and cruising around on the boat. The toughest thing I need to do on any given summer weekend is bait lobster pots (gross)!

Luckily for both of us Spencer’s parents have a beautiful home right on the water in Duxbury, MA. Most summer evenings you can find us in their backyard sipping a glass of wine and watching the boats pull back into the harbor after a day on the water.

There truly is nothing better. When it came to deciding on the location of our wedding, his childhood backyard seemed like the obvious choice. However, there were a few major concerns. The first two were uniquely concerns for his property:

•Although the yard is very long, it is also relatively narrow. We weren’t sure that a tent would fit (for the amount of guests we wanted).

•The lawn is on a slight incline. Would we need a floor?

On top of that there were other concerns that are valid when planning many outdoor events.

•Did we really want to burden his parents with having an event of that magnitude in their backyard? The amount of landscaping, gardening, cleaning that they would need to do would be so time-consuming and tedious. We wanted them to enjoy themselves too.

•Would we care if it rained? If it POURED?

What was the tide schedule? We didn’t want guests walking in at dead low (stinky) tide.

•We started to find that the weekends were limited most by the tide schedule. There were only a handful of Saturdays when the tides were ideal. That handful was limited further because other couples in town had already scheduled their weddings on some of those dates.

Enter Leslie Barbini (wedding planning extraordinaire). Was it possible? Yes. Would it be expensive? Yes. Would we need a floor? Yes. Was it more than we wanted to spend? Yes. Were there other options that we liked as much? Yes.

Ultimately after much discussion we decided that the cons outweighed the pros in this situation. And although it was a tough decision to make, we got over it quickly enough. Our biggest concern was that we wanted our wedding to be uniquely ours, and although a backyard wedding is very personal, there was no doubt that we could make another venue equally as special. So Leslie, Spencer and I hopped in the car and headed to Cohasset, MA to check out the one venue I had made an appointment at. A spot with so much character and charm that I knew we just had to see it…

Needless to say we signed our contract the next day. Tune in next week to find out where!

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