We met with our venue recently for the first time in about six months. We booked the place really, really early on in our engagement when most people thought we were insane, mainly so I wouldn’t have to compete with people for my date. (Apparently several people have asked about the date at the venue, so ha! I’m not insane!) I figured we could wait until closer to the date to get the nitty gritty details down. It was really nice to see the space again, and remember all of the reasons we fell in love with the place. I still love it so very much.
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Either way, we were there to try to hammer out the big logistical questions, like when will the ceremony start, when will guests arriving, how long is cocktail hour, what hor d’oeuvres will we serve, who our vendors are, etc, etc, etc.
There were so many decisions that we had already made before hand that it was a little surprising and overwhelming that we had to make double those decisions in the hour and a half meeting that we had.
We decided to have the ceremony start at five instead of four like I had originally been thinking. But that would leave about three hours total for our reception. That might be a little bit on the short side, but I’m not expecting an elaborately long reception anyways.
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I guess the other big surprise would be about the food. We really had our hearts set on doing an extended family style dinner, especially since in our social group most of our get-togethers revolve around food. I knew that it was going to be harder to do, but I didn’t realize exactly how much of a pain it would be. I’ll do a full post about our menu options soon, but it is crazy to think about the sheer amount of food you need to feed 60 people.
It didn’t occur to me, but I really guess I shouldn’t be surprised that now that we’re getting closer, we need to be concerned with getting the right people to the right places at the right time. Overall, I’m still not completely sure how the logistics of the whole day is going to go. I know we plan on doing a 5:00 pm ceremony. But, when should I be getting ready? When are we going to do family shots or first look? I’m really loving Mrs. Hawk’s timetime, but I’m wondering how it would have to change if we’re only having one photographer.
The logistics of getting ready and having enough time to do pictures ahead of time are just weird and I should probably be talking to my photographer soon about what she recommends. I guess I just thought I had more time to figure this stuff out. I really thought I was really on the ball with most of the wedding planning stuff, and yet, I’m constantly finding out there are more and more decisions and things I hadn’t taken into account. I’m starting to feel that the planning time is slipping out of my hands and I guess this is why people hire wedding planners.
Did anyone else get surprised when people started asking about logistical questions? How did you decide what made the most sense?