By the time we got through the debacle that was setting a date for the wedding, it was already less than 10 months until said date. That put a lot of pressure on us to reserve a wedding location, stat. Since I was planning a wedding in L.A. from Boston, our expedited schedule meant that I had to book a venue, sight unseen. Well, this week I finally got a chance to visit our venue with wedding planner extraordinaire Angel Swanson, and we were giddy to discover that it's lovely. Check out this postcard-worthy view of Marina del Rey:
The only part of the venue that's kind of blah is the ceremony space. Since our wedding is large (about 300 people), we couldn't use the venue's usual ceremony location, which is a beautiful and intimate garden area. Instead, our ceremony will take place in "Marina Court," which is an euphemism for a converted tennis court facing the marina.
The space is basically a blank canvas, which is both exciting and scary, especially when one is worried about budget. Luckily, our wedding is after sunset, so we'll be able to use lighting to direct attention to the items worth focusing on (the chuppah) and away from the ugly bits (the adjacent tennis court and anyone practicing his or her backhand at 6:30 on a Saturday evening).
My thought upon seeing the space was to have the ceremony in the round, which focuses attention on the chuppah and brings an intimate, surrounded-by-friends-and-family feel to the event. Plus there's nice symbolism behind circular configurations, right? I haven't attended a wedding in the round before, but I'm guessing it'd be charming for the guests to be able to get a different vantage point on the ceremony. And it'd also reduce the number of persons staring at my badonkadonk -- I got big butt and I cannot lie -- for half an hour.
I leave you with a photo of Angel and me with our "this venue kind of rocks" face on.
Did you book your venue without visiting it in person? Does your space require an unusual configuration or creative jiggling?