Months were going by, and we still hadn’t officially signed a contract with any vendor. I still wanted to see the reception venue around the future wedding date, so once March rolled around, I was getting anxious. I was having issues remembering the feel of the venue. After having fallen in love with the open space of the Main Street Armory, every time I thought of the Webster Golf Club, I felt like the room was closing in on me. In my head, I could touch the ceiling flatfooted, and it was only a couple of steps from one side of the room to the other. Pretty soon I was envisioning the Webster Golf Club smaller than a bathroom stall.
Mr. PB and I went back to Webster Golf Club in March with Mr. PB’s parents. This time I remembered to take more photos to help convince me I was crazy about the size. (Which I definitely was.) I may have even taken some videos just in case I needed additional reassurance. Note to brides: Never be shy with taking photos, especially seeing as how so many of us have smart phones.
Look how big the bar is! Somehow I still don’t think it will look empty at all during the night. / Personal photo
The club had just wrapped up a baby shower in half of the space, so the retractable wall was up. We will have the entire space for our reception. Side note: Those chairs are DYING for chair covers. / Personal photos
The host of the baby shower went out of her way not once but twice to let me know how great the food and service were. It was the icing on the cake, and moments later I was in the office with Mr. PB signing the papers. We officially had a wedding date AND a reception space!
Later that weekend, I contacted the chapel to make sure they were still available. Elizabeth sent me the policies and forms once again. But this time, they looked different. And the price increased. By about 30%. I couldn’t believe it.
I quickly called Elizabeth and asked her what had happened and how the pricing changed in five weeks. She was super kind and graciously offered to match the pricing we were originally quoted, even if we hadn’t signed a contract yet. Another note to brides: Don’t be afraid to ask—you can’t get an awesome answer without posing the question first.
After the price was fixed, I found out all four time slots on our wedding day were still available so we could have whichever time we pleased. We chose a late-afternoon time slot, and I quickly sent in the deposit check!
A weight was definitely lifted off my shoulders once we had a definite time and place for our ceremony and reception. We were all set! Well, at least with these two items. There’s a couple hundred other items to take care of”¦
Did you have a misconstrued memory of a venue that a visit to the space helped fix? Did you feel like a huge weight was lifted off your shoulders once your spaces were settled?