Shauna and Brad do not want to get married in a church. They want the ceremony to be at the same place that the reception is. I personally love that idea. It's so convenient and they don't have to worry about transportation to the hall from the church.
So we need to find somewhere that has a nice place to have a ceremony outdoors or indoors if the weather is not so nice. This is Michigan and the weather can be unpredictable. Brad prefers a golf course country club because they are much more picturesque!
The first place we checked is called Fox Hills. It's in Plymouth, fairly close to where we live. The hall was beautiful with windows all the way around overlooking the golf course and a wrap around balcony. This is the only picture I got of the outside.
Shauna and Rich would walk out the door and down those stairs and along the brick walkway to this gazebo
which is really beautiful with hanging baskets of flowers so we wouldn't have to decorate it.
It's also very expensive. I'm not going to go into detail about costs in these wedding planning posts because it's not necessary but I'll give you one example. They charge $700 to rent the gazebo for a outdoors ceremony. Fair enough because it is beautiful but the kicker is they also charge $3 a chair for the guests, so if you need 150 chairs, it's an additional $450! Seriously! So that, along with a few other little things was a deal breaker for us. Too bad, because it truly was a beautiful place!
The next place was called Beacon Hill in Commerce . They were setting up for a wedding that evening when we got there.
Their prices for food and drink were a little more reasonable but what we really liked about this place was the outdoor ceremony area.
Beautiful and on a lake, too! And I can't remember the actual cost of the rental but the chairs are included. And we love the way they curve around the center. We would have to decorate it ourselves but I don't see that being a problem.
We are checking out a few more places but this place is a strong contender.
That's all the planning news for now. They haven't set an actual date yet but it will probably be sometime next August or September.
I did want to show you the patio of one of the apartments I walk by a lot on my daily walks.
It's a little hard to see but they have a bar with plants and solar lights in little colored buckets. A small potted tree and some chairs. And plants, wind chimes and balloons hanging from the balcony above it. So cute! I want so bad to walk up there and tell whoever lives there that I love their little oasis and how much enjoy looking at it every time I walk by!
Until the next time....