Back towards the end of last year I had the pleasure of being invited to my friend L’s wedding. That may not seem that remarkable a thing, but I’ve kind of reached that age now when I don’t actually go to that many weddings. I’m old enough that most of my friends either are married, or have just decided that they’re not going to bother. Gone are the summers when every weekend was filled with someone’s nuptials. It was also a slightly weird feeling as this was the first wedding I’d been to since my own marriage came to an end. I’ll be honest and say that I wasn’t really sure how I was going to feel when I was there, but I knew that I had some of my best WI friends by my side and was determined to have a good time.
What I wasn’t expecting was to be so completely blown away by the whole day and the immensely personal wedding that it was. So completely full of the love that L and her husband J have for each other.
They’d both put so much work into making the wedding perfectly reflect them, their values and their relationship. The first part of that was the venue. When I first looked at the invitation I was slightly puzzled as to why they were having the reception somewhere a 30 minute drive away from the church where the ceremony was taking place. When we arrived though I could instantly see exactly why. It wasn’t a massive venue, but they had erected a series of teepees in the grounds and that’s where we all ate and partied the night away. It was just spot on perfect for this festival loving couple.
It wasn’t just the venue that was spot on though. Every little detail had been thought of. Right from the cake made by a fellow WI member, through to the handmade decorations on the tables and the chalkboards dotted around the venue with declarations of love on them. You could just feel the love at this wedding. Far more than I have ever done at a wedding before.
It made me think more about how getting the right wedding venue for you as a couple can be such a key part off organising your special day. It may be that you want to research Bijou Weddings to find that small, intimate venue that is right for you. Some couples can feel an expectation to have a huge venue and do everything very formally, but if that’s not you as a couple then don’t feel that you need to conform to something just to keep others happy. It’s your special day after all.
I’m currently coming up with ideas about my own wedding venue, and the thing that I’m pretty set on is that it’s going to be somewhere that is perfectly special for us both. Totally unique. Big enough for our closest family and friends to join us, but also taking into account the things we both love as well. I’ve not found the perfect venue just yet, but I’m sure that once I do I’ll know it is the right one. Because it will be right for us.