Wedding Update!

December 9, 2020

Good morning! Another short and sweet post today for ‘Wedding Wednesday’. Ps. If you missed it, here’s our engagement story.

After 6 weeks of total back and forth (and up and down and overall multi-directional insanity and stress) I am so happy to announce that WE HAVE A DATE / VENUE!

We are getting married on July 10th, 2021 at a beautiful venue here in Vancouver, B.C. I’m keeping the venue private right now (just for safety reasons – the joys of the internet 🤦‍♀️) but am happy to say that it’s in Vancouver.

It feels like the biggest weight has been lifted off our shoulders and we are both so, so, excited to move forward with wedding planning. I was told by a few friends that the most stressful part of their wedding planning was choosing the venue and I wholeheartedly agree. Add a pandemic and the fact that our families live on opposite sides of the country into that mix and you’ve got quite the stressful situation.

For any other brides-to-be venue hunting right now, I wanted to share my top tips for choosing a wedding venue.

Outfit Details: On Me: turtleneck // plaid skirt // OTK boots // hat // necklace  | On Alex: sweater // jeans

Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue

  1. Don’t Over Ask!
    Don’t crazy consulting people. Of course, ask for advice and feedback from a few people you trust, but if you ask a lot of people their preferences you’re going to get a lot of answers leaving you confused and stressed. At the end of the day, the people who truly want to be at your wedding will be there, regardless of where it is.
  2. Figure out your Vision
    Before you do anything else, talk to your partner about what you both envision for your wedding – are your ceremony and reception at the same place or different? are you having it indoors or outdoors? laid back or glamorous? big or small? Figuring out what wedding ‘vision’ will fit both your dreams before you start looking will make things easier.
  3. Gather Information on Weddings During COVID
    During these unpredictable COVID times, be sure to ask any venue you’re considering about their policies on refunds, re-scheduling, and restrictions based on any government requirements that may be in place. We’ve been in COVID times for long enough now that most venues have a handle on contingency plans, but you want to make sure your venue’s plans meet your needs. For example: at our venue there is normally a pretty high minimum spend for a Saturday wedding, but they have it in the contract that if government restrictions force us to have less people (50 or lower) then the minimum spend drops to 10,000. If the government restriction is less than 10 people then there is no minimum spend. They’re also really flexible about changing dates and all deposits transferring in full.
  4. “Know your Guest List”
    Thinking about who the majority of your guests are can be really important to choosing a venue. I know I said ‘don’t over consult’ but at the same time you should think about who your guests are so that you can ensure the wedding venue will be conducive to a good experience for your guests and thus your ideal wedding. For us, we’ve got 15 kids under the age of 13 in our 100 person wedding guest list, so that in and of itself played into ‘ideal venues’ quite a bit.We loved one venue for a lot of reasons, but learned that no minors are allowed after 10pm. That immediately cut the venue from our list since kids needing to leave by 10 would mean 90% of their parents would want/need to leave then too, and just like that over half our wedding would be gone by 10pm!We picked a venue that has separate areas that kids can be in so parents can enjoy themselves. We’re hiring a babysitter so parents can have kiddos in a room right near us watching a movie if at any point they want to be out of the wedding reception chaos.

For my already married readers: What’s your biggest tip for wedding planning that I should know!?

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27 comments so far.

27 responses to “Wedding Update!”

  1. tanviidotcom says:

    Yay! for the next steps. Vancouver is beautiful I remember so your venue will be splendid too. Looking forward to more updates in the coming months.


  2. Rach says:

    Congrats on finding a venue!! That’s so exciting!

  3. Lizzie says:

    Congrats on choosing a venue and date! The wedding planning process was so much fun for me. Hope you enjoy just as much!


    • Lee says:

      Thank you Lizzie! Im hoping from here on out things will be fun / less stressful. I cant wait to try on wedding dresses! and pick a cake flavour lol

  4. mireilleftm says:

    We kept our wedding small, well people wise it was large but we kept the budget small and used the help of friends for photography, flowers and food as well as music! Knowing people who could do those things for an affordable budget was the best decision ever! No debt.

    • Lee says:

      Aw that’s so great! it sounds lovely. We’re having about 90 – 100 people so Im hoping to keep it relatively intimate feeling!

  5. jenniferpickering22gmailcom says:

    These are great tips!

    Curated By Jennifer

  6. rebecca says:

    ahhh how exciting!! I got married in July and it was perfect. I am excited to continue to follow along with your wedding plans. enjoy this time, it is so fun!

    xx rebecca //

    • Lee says:

      Thank you so much Rebecca! I saw your wedding photos- they were gorgeous! Looks like you guys had an amazing wedding!

  7. Lovely says:

    Congrats on the date and venue! Wonderful tips!

  8. Congratulations on setting a date…how exciting! xoxo, Sarah

  9. Em says:

    oh my goodness, congratulations! once you have the venue set it feels so real! Now the fun starts… the actual planning! Enjoy it!

  10. ALex says:

    What a lovely post! Great style and design and it fit you so well. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!


  11. Stephanie says:

    I’m so excited for you! I know summer weddings can be oh-so beautiful and I’m sure you’re thrilled with your venue. I know that part was one of the most exciting for us when we got married. ALSO these photos are beyond gorgeous! You two make my heart happy.

  12. Ordinaryfitmama says:

    The wedding is just one day, the marriage is watch truly matters. Put water in your wine!

  13. That’s so exciting! I’m not married, but it sounds like so much to plan for a wedding haha. I know you’ll have a great time though and love every minute of it! Xx.

  14. Amanda says:

    I’m sure it feels like such a lifted weight having chosen your venue s d knowing your date— now you can really dive into planning. Can’t wait to see more updates!

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