Searching for a wedding venue is all about finding a spot that matches your personality and style. We’ve interviewed hundreds of brides over the years about how they found their wedding sites, and wanted to share a few of them with you to provide some inspiration as you begin your venue hunt.
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“We chose to have our wedding and reception at my parents’ home because of the beautiful backdrop and landscape that was already present. We wanted an intimate setting with all our close family and friends , so it was absolutely perfect,” -Ashlie, married May 19 in her parents’ backyard in Tennessee. View more photos from this wedding
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Elizabeth & Matt
Sandy Spring, Maryland
Q & A with the Bride:
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. My husband, who is not an overly romantic man, suggested that it might be neat to create maps of the exact location of the stars for certain significant moments of our relationship and use these as table markers. He made these beautiful star maps for the day we met, the day we bought our house, the day we got engaged, etc. I saved them and framed them, and now they hang in our bedroom. One caught fire during the wedding after it fell onto a candle, and I was the first who noticed. I ran over, grabbed it off the table, and started stepping on it in an attempt to put the fire out – nearly igniting my wedding dress in the process. Later, we realized the one that caught fire was the map immortalizing our disastrous first date. I love that the framed version shows off the scorch marks.
It drove me nuts when people told me that my wedding day would be “perfect” and “the best day of my life.” Our wedding reflected who we are, the reality of our life together, which is pretty great but definitely not perfect. Those little scorch marks are a nice reminder that it’s important to keep a sense of reality and proportion in life.
2. We walked down the aisle together, instead of meeting at the altar. For me, this was an important symbol that we were entering into this together, as partners and equals. We’re a bit older, and we’ve lived together for years, so I didn’t want to be “given away.”
3. On the whole, our wedding was done on a budget. But I splurged and flew in a special musician from Boston for the day without telling Matt. He has this weird love for an obscure Irish instrument call the uilleann pipes, but no one in the area plays them. I found a guy who agreed to fly down just for the ceremony, and I will never forget the look on Matt’s face, just before we started down the altar, when he heard the haunting notes of the pipes coming from the garden. Totally worth it!
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Is it wrong to say my favorite part was actually the rehearsal dinner? The night before, we threw a big BBQ at our house for all the guests, not just family. We ordered in Bosnian food, because that’s where we met, and hung up a piñata and showed off our snazzy new house to all the family and friends who had flown in. The best part was when we lit our “unity volcano.” On one of our first dates, I showed up at Matt’s place with the makings of a homemade volcano, because I’d never made one as a kid and wanted to remedy that. He loved how nerdy and random that was. We built an epic volcano for the wedding, complete with a Lego bride and groom and tons of lava. Lighting up that bad boy was the ultimate way to initiate our guests into our wonderful and weird world.
I also enjoyed the very end of the evening at our wedding, after the dinner and the toasts and the dancing. We put out a box of cigars and a couple bottles of scotch, and we all dragged chairs into the lawn under the stars. I finally got to do what I had really wanted to do all day – sit down, enjoy my guests, and hang out.
It’s been an exciting year here at WeddingWire – for more reasons than one! Several of our talented team members got married in 2012, and we shared some of their weddings right here on the blog! Check out a recap of the year in weddings at WeddingWire:
Molly and George, married January 28 in Massachusetts
Photo: The Feds Studio
Helena and CJ, married June 9 in Maryland
Melanie and Travis, married August 11 in Maryland
Photo: Jordan Marsh
Blair and Jon, married September 15 in Massachusetts
Photo: Person & Killian
And a happy 1st anniversary to our COO Lee Wang, who married Lynn last September in Washington, DC.
Photo: Steve Canning Photography
And we can’t forget the other staffers who got married in 2012 – congratulations are in order for Eileen, Persephone, Victoria, Jeanette, Stephanie, and Kate. We’ve also had a bunch of engagements, so watch this space for more WeddingWire weddings in 2013 and beyond!
This year, we published over 200 real weddings on this blog – from glamorous affairs to laid-back celebrations, we’ve truly seen it all. But some weddings and details really stood out, and we wanted to share them with you.
Modern and Cheeky Wedding Stationery
The wedding of two graphic designers in Palm Springs, California featured some of the coolest details we’ve ever seen. In particular, we loved the paper goods – from the aisle markers to the menus, the contemporary design and informal language really sets the tone for a totally relaxed affair and showcases the couple’s sense of humor. See more of Tiffany and Mark’s completely creative wedding here.
Photo: Mike Arick Photography
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Melanie & Travis
Q & A with the Bride:
1. Which four details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Our vows: We wrote our own vows because we wanted them to reflect our relationship. I’ll never forget the moment when everyone laughed when I said, “I promise to listen when you speak.” to Travis. I guess everyone knows how stubborn I can be at times, especially when I believe I’m right!
2. Photographer: Our brother-in-law, Jordan Marsh, photographed our wedding. He took amazing pictures, but the best part was we were so comfortable with him. We had a blast sneaking off with Jordan and my sister to take photos. It felt like we were having a mini family reunion in the middle of our wedding day.
3. Hearts: Travis’ 93-year-old grandmother made personalized hearts for each of our wedding guests. She spent months working on this project, and it was great to see how happy she was when she saw her hearts on the reception tables.
4. Speeches: We were so happy to see our childhood best friends give speeches recounting inside jokes and great memories. We also loved my younger brother’s last minute speech despite the fact he made me cry.
2. If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Have a small, intimate wedding and invite the people you want to invite. We had 75 guests at our wedding, and we felt like it was the perfect size. We had enough time to talk to everyone at the wedding without feeling rushed.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
I cannot stop thinking about our ceremony, and the moment I saw Travis for the first time as I was walking down the aisle. He had tears in his eyes, and he looked so calm and proud. We
couldn’t stop holding each other’s hands during the ceremony, and I knew without a doubt that I was making the best decision of my life.