11.14.09, IT'S GOING DOWN

This past Friday I finally got the "go ahead" to put down a deposit on our desired venue that I've been stalking since I got engaged last May. I immediately called the banquet manager to set up my appointment for the following day. Up to last week when I spoke to her my November 7 date was still available, now she was telling me that during the week someone else made a deposit on my date. I was so heartbroken, it really felt as though someone stabbed me in the chest and was standing over me pointing and laughing. I've had my heart set on that date before I even got engaged, lol. Who is was this woman? My first instinct was to track her down as the girls did in "Bride Wars" and make her change her date (sidebar: I called all my bridesmaid and told them about the tragedy, they all suggested the same Bride Wars route, lol). Well anyway I made the appointment to see her the next day and told her that I'd figure out a date by the time I was in her office. Uuuuhhh - frustrated I decided to go with the following week, November 14. For a second I was thinking about moving it to November 6 which would be the Friday but Saturday is always a more convenient day especially for guests traveling from out of state and our family comming from Jamaica.

The next day I was so excited for work to be over, only to have my day ruined by "Sandy" The Brideszilla from Hell. Nontheless, after I got home and told my fiance what happened at work, making sure to call "Sandy" every profanity I could think of, we headed on over to the venue with the checkbook in hand and smiles on our faces...

As we pulled into the parking lot of the venue we knew "this was it", it felt so right - this was our place. After a few moments of waiting we got down to business with the banquet manager and made it official by signing our lives away. So this is it - no more wondering when, where or how we're getting married - I'm officially out of limbo my friends.

If you've been following my blog you've probably seen some or if not all of these pictures before, but hey, what's one more time? Here we go...


Here is the golf course where the ceremony will be held. This is where my family will be sitting in white folding chairs and my FH will be standing at the alter waiting for me. This is blank canvas to decorate however I want...that's gonna be fun....


This is where I would like the cocktail hour to be held. They usually have it somewhere else on the property but I think that this is going to serve best for me. The guests will be able to overlook the golf course while we take pictures.



& here is the dining room for the eating, dancing, and random antics of my family.




So the main reason i hadn't put my deposit down before was that I was scared that the date would sneak up on me and I wouldn't have any money to pay for anything - uuuuhh, fear! But then I thought, there has to be some way around this...so then I asked if the food would cost less for a day time event. Turned out it was a fraction of the cost - I ended up receiving a email of every single package that they offer. Then I had a genius idea - what if I just select a regular dinner package instead of a "wedding" package? I could still order my cake from them, no difference - so that's what I did. I am now paying less than half per person for "dinner" than what the "wedding" package offers. The "dinner" package doesn't include the champagne toast and open bar but not everyone drinks anyway so why would I pay per person for alcohol? Instead we are going to do a consumption bar, that way we can put a set limit on the amount of alcohol that we want to pay for. It also doesn't include the cocktail hour so if we would like we can include it by doing displays or passed cocktails )that we would have to pay for per piece) - we decided on a display...hello, that saved money than paying per person! To order the cake from them is around $3 per person, I can totally live with that.
Yea so I found out that I totally have skills! Skills that are going to save me thousands of dollars - wooo hooo!
Wanna hear even more good news? Yes? We're getting our pastor for FREE! The pastor at our church that we've been attending as of late has offered his services at no cost. He pulled my fiance and I aside this Sunday and discussed it with us. I wanted to say "HELL YEA" but that wouldn't have been appropriate so I simply gave him a hug and said thanks. Things are falling into place already...
GO ME...11.14.09
ps: Here's a horrible photo of me outside the venue after we signed the contract...somebody didn't put the right setting on the camera, whatever!
PEACE OUT...JUNO IS ON

1 comment :

T. E. C. said...

YYYEEEEAAA!! Go YOU! I knew God would work everything out!! I'm so happy for you!!! You've been all over Florida looking for your perfect place and things are falling in order!! Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!!

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