When I check out the to-do lists put together by wedding websites, like The Knot, I delete a lot of the items because they don't apply, but am pretty happy to see the following major items crossed off my list:
- Set a budget and date
- Book the venue
- Select the wedding party members
- Book a photographer
- Book an officiant
- Find a dress
- Schedule engagement photos
- Put together a wedding website
- We even booked our honeymoon this week!
I figure we are well position for the time being, and I am not going to stress about any minor details until the fall, since between now and August I am pretty busy with...
- wedding showers (2)
- baby showers (2)
- bachelorette party (1)
- weddings (4)
- new babies (5)
- our condo's closing date (July 23)
All that to say, I was feeling on top of things until yesterday.
I was notified by The Fraser Café's Table 40 that they will unfortunately not be able to host our wedding.
I know, it's really sad, but we will all live.
They have realized now, after being open for a few months and hosting several cocktail parties and other events, that they will just not be able to accommodate our needs and meet our expectations. I am a pretty understanding person and realize mistakes happen, so I didn't go all bridezilla on the event coordinator for making promises he couldn't keep.
I am slightly stressed that it might be difficult to find a similar venue within our budget since we are not only competing with weddings but also New Year's Eve parties.
The event coordinator suggested Urban Element as a good option. I am anxiously waiting to hear back from them. Meetings are booked with the event coordinators at Juniper and The Arc Lounge for next week. And I am also waiting to hear back Sidedoor.
I would be very happy to get married and any of these locations. And so far, I'm just relieved to know there is still availability. (Juniper actually told me that their NYE wedding was just rescheduled a couple days ago, so the timing could be perfect if that location works out!)
I am telling myself that everything happens for a reason and we will be married at the location that is meant for us. I think stumbling over this hurdle early in my wedding planning will help me realize that things can fall through at any time and I need to be ready to roll with the punches. I'm sure a few other "disasters" will occur before our big day.
Have any of you experienced fun surprises like me while wedding planning? I think as long as I look fabulous the day-of and our guests are happy and healthy I will be fine.
Yes - looking fabulous is at the top of my priority list. I'm not ashamed of my wedding day vanity.
Anyone have any other wedding venue suggestions? I would love to hear about them if you do!