“ about my wedding ” by adoyle
this is my fiance and i , we are having an outdoor wedding at my victorian home in a small town near Indianapolis, IN. We are having an outdoor ceremony and our reception is going to be under a tent.
“ Gettin' hitched! :) ” by LisaWebb
Just got engaged the first weekend in October 2008. My boyfriend suprised me by unexpectedly showing up during my trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had pre-arranged it with my friends who live in Chattanooga, and came to a resturaunt that we
were all eating at, and proposed in front of everyone. He worked every detail out down to booking the same return flights back to Lincoln, Nebraska where we currently live. So exciting! Now for the planning... I am from Indianapolis so the wedding
will be there. Long distance wedding planning, here I come!more »
“ Venue Update for Ceremony and Reception ” by Lilivati
You might recall the gorgeous venue I posted several weeks ago:
Well, I spoke with the site manager for the park, and it was bad news all-around. I was expecting the site to be pricey, and it is, especially for our budget. But the REAL deal-breaker is the site is very controlling. They
cater it, and we pick from their menu. Their open bar is terrible (as serious beer afficionados in particular, we would be embarrassed to serve what they are offering). They want to handle all the decorations (they offer a "pillar candle
centerpiece" ugh), and they even want to make the cake! We can't get elements that are important to us like a champagne toast without upgrading the whole package.
So little control over our wedding, especially as we aren't very "wedding-y" people and need to make the event our own, is a complete deal-breaker. So I've been at a loss for a few weeks trying to find a new site that was less restrictive
and still met our criteria. That meant going outside our hometown into the greater Indianapolis area. I was also starting to have misgivings about a plastic tent with no AC retreat during July- both for the sake of my aging grandmother
and our food! I had totally fallen in love with this site and nothing seemed to compare. And everyone we mentioned it to was really displeased with not having it on a Saturday, which we were counting on for budget reasons.
Then last weekend we had dinner with my FILs. My FMIL has been really sensitive about stepping on my toes- she's made it clear she really wants to help, but she's afraid of seeming pushy or overbearing. She's really very sweet!
Early on my parents had proposed having it in their backyard, but frankly, it's not possible there. The slope of the yard is too great to put tables on, and the yard is adjacent to five other backyards. Not what anyone had in
So my fiance's parents said, why not do it at our house?
My FMIL is VERY into gardening and decorating. She has a gorgeous house and yard, and I'm sure with this kind of event to plan for, she'd really outdo herself. They also have more space, and MUCH more privacy. And because it's
a private property owned by them, we could do whatever we wanted! Even fireworks, which were pretty much a no-go in Indiana anywhere else (not allowed to fire them on public property without a permit we would be unlikely to recieve).
There would be no hour restrictions on how long we could stay, or when we could start setting up. I also love the wooded area behind their house (beyond the yard) and think it could make for some really interesting pics. And we can store
the cake etc. in the house, as well as giving people a place to retreat if the heat becomes too much.
The real sweetener though is they said if we hold it at their house, they'll pick up the tab for the tables, chairs, tent, and other rentals, as well as a valet service for the cars! It was a really generous and unexpected offer!
My fiance and I talked about it, and we decided that if my parents are fine with the idea, this is what we'll do. I'm so happy with the way everything has worked out!
And returning to Coxhall for a moment...
Given the reception venue change, I don't want to have the ceremony at the same site. The really visually appealing part of Coxhall is the ceremony site, and it's MUCH more reasonable to rent out:
So this is where we'll have the ceremony, and then caravan over to the house. :D It truly is the best of both worlds.more »
“ Meet Miss Jess ” by MissJess
I'm a designer who loves everything vintage... I'm getting married on 9/6/09 in Indianapolis, and we're having a period-inspired 1940s wedding, with WWII flair. I'm making everything myself for the wedding, including:
- designing our 'wedsite'
- the invite/save-the-date design and production
- table numbers
- super cool airplane boutonnieres for the men
- my wedding gown
- my headpiece/hat/veil
- and much more... woo!
Visit my wedding/DIY blog at www.handmade-wedding.blogspot.com
You can also visit our awesome wedsite to learn more about our wedding and view photos at www.ryanlovesjess.com