It’s Go Time

The snow is gone, the leaves are finally coming out, and Mr. Narwhal has just been promoted from his advisory wedding-planning role to the guy that this whole wedding is dependent on. Up until this point, a lot of our planning has been…planning. Getting ready. Preparing.

Well now? It’s go time. Particularly for Mr. Narwhal.

Spring clean-up is in full swing, and this includes the wedding spot, because a whole lot of stuff needs to happen in the next three and a half months.

Because right now, it’s a blank brown slate.

I’ve shown pictures of our property before, but I thought it was a good idea to show you what we’re facing currently. Three and a half months out. Anyone have a spare paper bag?

First, let’s start with a little diagram of where the whole thing is going down. Yes, I got a little carried away in Photoshop.

Ceremony space diagram

The Ceremony Space

The ceremony space is in front of the old cabin on our property. Basically we’re just going to clean this area up, make a bunch of benches, have candles everywhere, and call it a day. Mr. Narwhal might gasp a bit at my drive-by statement of “clean this area up,” since there is a lot of work involved in that. The previous owner was a very old man that kind of believed in old school trash dumping, and there are a lot of mysterious garbage piles in this area. There are also quite a few trees that need to be pruned, and the space needs more levelling. We’re pretty sure we’re going to put wood chips down here, as grassing it will be difficult as it’s quite shaded. So yes, “clean this area up” involves a lot more work than my stick-picking duty.

Walking up from our backyard (currently):


The current view from the back of the ceremony area:


The current view from the cabin perspective:


Walking toward the tent area (currently):


Nelson’s favourite place to be

The Tent Area

This area needs the most work. First up, this weekend we are having four truckloads of fill delivered to level the area out (many thanks to GM Coach for coordinating that). Afterward, we’ll remeasure to ensure enough space for the tent, bring in some soil, and sod the area. We also need to do some planting to pretty up the area, and more clean-up. Right now this area gives me a mix of stress (over all of the work to be done) and excitement when I look at it.

The current view walking down from the trail:


Note: The path in the distance is not our property. Our property line ends around the boulders at the back.

The current view looking down the second driveway:


The current view looking back toward the trail/ceremony space:


So, yup. Go time.

We’ve tried to set a budget of about $1,000 in landscaping costs. We know a lot of people in the business, and have a ton of connections, so this is entirely doable and the fact that this money is going fully toward improving our property helps me sleep at night. I am so excited to see the progress we can make in the next couple of months.

Has your wedding planning involved any landscaping?

Final note: I wanted to add that this is a little bit of a hilly area, and we’re looking into fixing up an old golf cart we have in the family to assist our older relatives to the ceremony space. 


Mrs. Narwhal

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  1. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:18 pm

    for a second I thought you were leaving us and I was like noooooooo (I’m slow…). The space is going to be gorgeous when you get done with it!

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    Beegritte 3135 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:08 am

    I’m so excited to see how it all turns out! We are having our wedding @ my FIs parents property and it reminds me of an Aussie version of your place, albeit our track from possible ceremony location to reception location is a little more treacherous. Good luck with everything; it’s going to be stunning 🙂

  3. mssquid Bee
    Mrs. Squid 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:21 am

    So much potential!! I’m sure you and Mr. Narwhal will be able to pull it off! And yes, at least these costs are an investment in your property instead of just money going down the toilet. It will be so super special to be married in your own backyard – I’m SO excited for you!

  4. tractor Bee
    Mrs. Tractor 32 posts, Newbee @ 8:50 am

    I’m so jealous that you guys are able to put so much of yourselves into your venue – you live there! I think that all of the work that you put into cleaning things up will make it all the more special to share it with your loved ones, and add value to your property to boot! 😉

  5. msnarwhalbee Bee
    Mrs. Narwhal 87 posts, Worker bee @ 6:52 am

    @panda – Ha!! Definitely not. It’ll be a long time before I sign off on the hive!

    @Beegritte – That’s amazing! Thank you so much for your comment 🙂 I would love to see pictures of yours! 🙂

    @mssquid – I think the investment not going down the toilet makes up for the fact that we’re spending a stupid amount of money… on TOILETS! haha

    @tractor – we’re so thankful we’re able to revisit our wedding spot whenever we want, and make it a beautiful space on our land. It’s really my peaceful spot, and whenever I’m stressed I walk up there (with the exception of when the snow gets to be too much), so I can only imagine how much peace it’ll give me after we’ve been married there!

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