D & I have heen engaged for 8 days now and although he doesn’t want to start any sort of planning (including setting a date) until I’m done my last classes at school (December), I managed to talk him into going to an open house at a very nice, recently renovated venue in London. So this morning we drove home from visiting D’s parents in Blenheim (sadly sans ring as it is currently being fitted at the jewelers) to meet Mom and Lauren.
Mom is already a fan of this venue – in fact, about 15 years ago she tried to arrange a national farm women’s conference at the very same location. Beautiful grounds, over 100 guest suites, and a great location in general. I thought the hall itself had an interesting, unique layout with a main dining room and two adjacent rooms that could be used as a lounge and as a separate dance floor.
D was not as big of a fan as I was! He didn’t like the layout with the separate rooms, but I think it is the cost that he didn’t like the most. Even though the hall rental would be free (as we are sure to be inviting over 100 guests), the cheapest and most basic menu is $60 per plate. So we made a decision in the parking lot that (sadly) we would not be considering the venue for the wedding…whenever that will be.
On the plus side, we got free hors d’ouevres and tasty treats from the bakery that was there, as well as a free wedding planning guide and various information from the different vendors there. I’m sure I will have boxes full of brochures and business cards by the time this wedding business is over and done with…