One of the very most important factors of a wedding to me is the “where”, (besides the “who” of course ). I feel like the venue is so important, not because you need to please or impress every single one of your guests, but because it needs to reflect the bride and the groom. Like I mentioned in a previous post, before getting engaged I had NO idea of ANY details I wanted for my wedding. I unfortunately was not one to plan this all out on Pintrest before I ever had a ring like many smart girls do. Therefore, it took a TON of researching high and low to find the perfect spot for us.
Zac and I knew we wanted a rustic / country themed venue, so that helped to narrow down our venues a bit. I would say I looked at information for probably 15 different venues in the Lexington/Danville areas of central Kentucky. We physically visited NINE of them! I just adore Zac for being a lenient groom who goes along with anything, but I just think it is especially precious that he was interested in coming to each one with me and weighing the pros and cons. We found some really incredible venues that just had breathtaking views and incredibly friendly event planners. However, almost all of them were just either too small for our large guest list or weren’t as rustic as we had hoped for. In addition, we are really trying to be money conscious. I never understood how brides got so carried away in the cost of a wedding…but now I totally get it and see how easy it is to do!
It has been 3.5 months since we have been engaged, and we have FINALLY booked a venue!!! It is SO ironic that it happens to be in our hometown of Danville since we were accepting of the fact that we may have to travel in order to find what we wanted. We LOVE the fact that it is local for us and our families and for the fact that we get to bring some business to Danville, the city our hearts are truly attached to. Considering Danville was voted into the Top 10 Most Beautiful and Friendly Small Towns in America by Rand McNally Atlas – we are incredibly excited to show it off!
And the big reveal….drum roll please… our date is June 6th, 2015 at the Bluegrass Wedding Barn!
We decided on the Bluegrass Wedding Barn because of it’s size for our guests, its rustic-naturalness, incredible views of rolling hills, and their interior chandeliers and hanging twinkle lights which could win anyone over! However, we most importantly decided on this venue over every single other one in Kentucky because of Janna and Steve DiDomenico. They are one of the most welcoming and cheerful couple we’ve ever met. It has been a joy thus far collaborating with them and I know it will only get better from here on out. Cheers to being able to finally move on to planning other things! I’m finding that I have to calm myself down… I literally want to book every single last detail right this moment… despite having 1.5 years left to go!
If any of my lovely readers are future KY brides themselves who want a rustic venue, please don’t hesitate to message me on here or through the Modeled By Maria Facebook page. I would be absolutely delighted to share a spreadsheet I have made of the venues with you. You may think I’m slightly obsessive upon reading it… haha! But I would have done anything for someone to have had all that information to send to me! It would be easy to pick a venue if the rental fee included the same things in each venue, but that’s far from true! This spreadsheet has the rental costs of each venue, the amount of chairs /tables they have, sneaky additional costs that are mandatory but not included in the rental cost, taxes, the amount you’d spend on getting more tables/chairs to reach your guest count, if they require a cater, the average food cost, limitation on alcohol, description, and much more than you’d ever realized you needed to know! I look forward to sharing this with you as well as keeping ya’ll updated as I continue to progress in wedding planning! Onto other chores…or maybe I’ll just go check out bridemaid dresses on Pintrest now
Some of the above photos are by Nina and Wes photography