Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wedding: The Venue, Part 1

Within 24 hours of our engagement, Eric and I had completed the list of guest names and a rough head count of 85-100 people.

What can I say? We both have our overachieving moments.

Our next step was to determine a list of eligible dates, which for us, was constrained by his eldest sister's availability. Within couple of weeks, we'd narrowed down the list to exactly four Saturdays, two in April, one at the end of October and one at the beginning of November. It may seem restrictive but I was quite happy with such a small list. It's much easier to make a decision quickly when you don't have that many options, or at least that's what my experiences at Wooberry have taught me.

Eric and I discussed where we thought we'd want to have the wedding and he suggested New Hampshire. Since I'm from NH and it will always have a place in my heart, I set about finding acceptable locations. After much research on The Knot and Wedding Wire, I came up with four places that I wanted to know more about: The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, The Wolfeboro Inn, The Bedford Village Inn and the Sheraton in Portsmouth.  I obtained wedding information packages from all of them and started poring over the research material. I quickly determined that the Bedford Village Inn and the Wolfeboro Inn weren't suitable, but the other two merited visits.

More than that, I'd fallen a little head over heels in love with The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls. Thus, with great excitement, my mom and I set out to tour the place one Saturday morning in June. Unfortunately, even before we met with the event director, I knew it wasn't right. The decor was a little too rustic and the room we'd have to rent smelled of grease. And to top it off, they didn't even have our preferred date available.

Disheartened, my mom and I obtained lunch from a Dunkin' Donuts and headed for Portsmouth. The Sheraton in Portsmouth is a lovely place but I wanted windows in the venue, so again I struck out.  After nearly 8 hours of driving, I arrived home in MA disheartened and weary. I spent a few moments poking around The Knot again, looking at the 2011 picks in MA then half-heartedly requested information from Wedgewood Pines Country Club in Stow, MA. Upon receiving the information, I gave it a cursory glance and set it aside. I just wasn't in the mindset to care.

The Venue: Part Two