Out of all things that have happened during my wedding planning experience so far, I have found the most stressful to be – setting a date. There are so many things to consider in addition to you and your fiancée’s schedules. Being from the city of Houston, with a heat index in the 100’s during the summer months, I initially thought these would be months I might consider immediately ruling out. Not that I would totally rule out the idea since I was born and raised in Houston and I’m used to the heat. Plus, June has always been rated the most popular month to get married. Since we were planning on getting married in Houston, I thought I would start with April. Apparently, a lot of other Houston brides thought the same thing! When we tried booking our ceremony and reception location, I was amazed at how many brides were already booking for an April 2010 wedding in January 2009. The dates ended up being booked for the church. I guess it goes to show that timing is everything and our first choice was not meant to be. The next available date that would work with our schedules and availability? June 2010. Now it was a matter of making sure the reception location was available as well!
Selecting a location
Between my fiancée and I, we knew we would have to find a venue large enough to accommodate approximately 300 guests. I had a number of venues in mind. However, only a few could accommodate the amount of guests we were prepared to invite. After looking at a few locations that would accommodate less than the planned 300 guests, I began thinking maybe we needed to eliminate some people on our guest list. But then, we wouldn’t be able to celebrate with all the family and friends who have been a part of our lives for a number of years. Ted and I met more than 10 years ago in high school and have had a lot of support throughout our relationship. I then remembered a venue we went to one New Year’s Eve – The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, a.k.a. the historic Rice hotel. It’s perfect – accommodates our number of guests and creates the wedding elegance we were looking for in a venue. We’ve officially booked the location and if we’re ever in the Downtown Houston area on the weekends, Ted and I always make it a point to stop by to watch various events being setup because this helps give us ideas for our own wedding.
While the hot summer months will be upon us, I am still beyond excited to say I will be a “June bride! I have so many ideas in my head and am inspired to create a lot of do-it-yourself projects which I look forward to blogging about when the time comes.
With the date and location set, now comes what I consider the FUN part of the wedding planning process – researching different vendors for photographers, florists, linens, invitations and most importantly, finding THE dress! Let the fun begin!