Kari and Mike

Blogger Bride: Kari Selects a Location

For couples who are from two different places, picking a venue can be difficult. Mike’s family is from the north and mine from the south so we decided to go with an East Coast wedding somewhere in the middle. We wanted to find a place that fit our style, budget and wasn’t too difficult for traveling guests.

The first venue we visited was the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina.

Biltmore Estate Wedding

We loved all of the options for venues on the property and fell in the love instantly. It had character and charm! The next step was looking at the pricing… let’s just say we fell out of love! This was a good starting point as we then had something to compare other venues to from that point forward.

The next stop was the Old Historic Rice Mill in South Carolina.

old historic rice mill 2

We drove up to Charleston and back just for a quick venue tour. On our way there we kept saying “This is the venue.” The front of the building was beautiful and the location on the harbor was great. After going inside we knew this wasn’t what we envisioned from the pictures. Mike and I spent a couple hours roaming around Charleston trying to figure out what about this venue didn’t work for us. It was back to the drawing board!

The final stop was last month at the Old Cigar Warehouse in South Carolina.

cigar warehouse

This location is a relatively new event space in the heart of Greenville. It had all of the components that we were looking for on our wedding day. Mike and I were grinning ear to ear the entire tour. I think I was so excited and busy asking questions that I forgot to take pictures!  That day we drove around to a food tasting then a photographer. By the end of the weekend we had nailed down the venue, photographer, caterer, DJ, and officiant!

Mike and I can’t wait until our November 15 wedding at the Old Cigar Warehouse with a dream team of vendors!

Blogger Bride: Meet Kari

disney-engagement

The story goes that Disney is the most magical place on Earth, well I guess that story is true…

In October of 2012 I was enjoying food and wine around the world at Epcot with a friend of mine while adorning a cheesy Disney “Happy Birthday” pin. Throughout the day I heard plenty of well wishes from strangers, but only one of them will stay with me forever. A random guy in one of the pubs said “Happy Birthday, let me buy you a drink!” Clearly this single girl was not going to say no to a free beer on her birthday! I spent the rest of my day at Epcot saying “yes” to free drinks from this random guy.

I then spent the next six months flying back and forth from Florida to New Jersey saying “yes” I will pay for the next plane ticket. The following months turned into “yes” I think you should move to Florida and “yes” I think we should get a dog. Perhaps the most important “yes” came a year later… In November of 2013, that random guy asked me to marry him at Epcot and of course I said “yes!”

One would think that being a wedding planner makes planning your own wedding easier – urban myth. I started planning my wedding the day after the engagement. The search included all 50 states. We then narrowed it down to the East Coast… then to a few states… then a couple cities. (You get the idea!) Planning a wedding that is only a few states away sounds easy — urban myth. Finding the time to travel to different cities in search of the perfect venue is expensive and time consuming. We did not consider this when we started our search!

Over the next couple months I will be blogging about my adventures with the wedding planning process. Stay tuned for the juicy details!