Truth be told, Tyler and I only looked at one venue for our wedding. The house was recommended to us by a friend and the price was perfect for our budget. When we went to check it out, I really believed that this would be just the first of many trips we take venue hunting because there was no way we would find THE PLACE the first time. Right? I could not have been more wrong. I absolutely fell in love with it. The view was breathtaking and it was everything I had pictured in my head for our day. The house sits on 8 acres of lush green land and has tons of open space for all of our wedding events.
Once we signed the contract, I was overloaded with ideas and so incredibly excited to get the planning started. However, my perfect plan came to a screeching halt when reality hit me that we are having an outdoor wedding. In the summer. In the south.
I'm not sure if any of you have ever been to the south during the summer months, but there are a few things you need to know. 1. Don't bother curling your hair -- it will be flat within two minutes of walking outside. 2. If you have naturally curly hair, be prepared to experience a Monica Geller-esq fro. 3. Always (and I mean always) have bug repellent in your purse.
In my typical irrational, freak-out fashion, I immediately tell Tyler we have to change our venue (the date was a non-negotiable because it has significant meaning -- more to come on that later). I rattled off a list of all the things that could go wrong -- I mean, come on, what bride wants mosquitoes crashing her wedding? Definitely not this one.
Since there was no way of us getting our $2,500 deposit back, we brainstormed through ideas of what to do and the idea of a tent came back up. We had talked about that early in the wedding planning process because it is always a good idea to have as a back-up plan in case of weather issues during the wedding. I mean, yeah, the practical thing to do would be get a tent. But, being "practical" has never really been my style. And not that I have anything against tents. Some of the most beautiful weddings I have been to have had tents. It just didn't go with my vision. Plus, those things can get pricy.
So, here we are, six months away and still have yet to decide if we are going to tent-it-up. We did find out that the temps are a bit cooler at the lake (the owner of the venue said it should be in the 70's that weekend -- thank goodness) and they are going to mosquito-bomb the place (there is something I never thought I would write) before the wedding. We've found other solutions to combat the humidity and pesky creatures, but we're still not sold on a tent.
I found some pictures of tents I really liked, but does the openness of them defeat the purpose of even having it? What are your thoughts on tents? I am in desperate need of guidance. In exchange for any tips you can give, I'll be happy to send you a travel-size OFF from my stockpile. :)
What are your thoughts on tents? I am in desperate need of guidance. In exchange for any tips you can give, I'll be happy to send you a travel-size OFF from my stockpile. :)