Venue on the Menu

Carolina Man and I have taken a solid month to celebrate our engagement, including a lovely, pre-honeymoon getaway to Playa del Carmen. We've taken all the "OMG, engagement! What's the date?" inquiries in stride, and have mastered the vague "We're not sure yet!" response.

And now we're ready to move on to actually taking the first steps to planning our wedding. Exciting!

At the advice of many friends, both online and offline, I've been perusing the amazing blog, A Practical Wedding, and earlier this week I bought the book for my kindle. One of the first exercises it suggests that you and your partner do together is figure out how you want the wedding to feel. It may sound kind of silly to go through a whole list of adjectives together, but for us, it helped solidify that we're on the same page. Some adjectives we picked were elegant, intimate, meaningful, full of love, and fun. Some we didn't pick were glamorous, boozy, kid-friendly, traditional, and formal.

And, in my practical news, we have booked our first wedding venue site tour for next week! We'll be looking at the place where we got engaged, The Umstead in Cary. The appeals of the place? It's close, it's beautiful, and it's inclusive of a lot of things that we don't want to figure out in a piecemeal fashion.

What are some of the important questions we should ask when we visit?


  1. I never planned something like this, but I found a list of good questions here:

    Congrats again, this is exciting!

  2. I love that you two decided on adjectives to describe the wedding you want - that's such a good place to start! And it sounds like you're on the right track to a really great wedding.

  3. Oh man, I <3 APW BIG time, and I'm not even engaged. Especially their discussions on last-name-changing. Epic stuff.

  4. GAH APW... best site EVER! And I'm not engaged either. Good Luck with the planning!