Our Wedding Venue Search

May 24, 2017 · 5 comments

Like I mentioned in my last post, with each wedding venue tour, we learned.

We got a little smarter with the process, and we learned the types of questions to ask.

Now that I’ve thrown my wedding venue touring tips at ya, I’ll cover the venues we actually toured. For me, this was a bit of a Goldilocks & The Three Bears situation.

This venue was too small, this one didn’t have the right rain plan, and this one was too inconvenient for guests, you get what I’m saying. Let’s take it from the top with our first two tours.

Since we knew we wanted an outdoor wedding with a lot of natural beauty and greenery, we started with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens right here in Richmond, Virginia.

Since our tour of the gardens was in the middle of winter (and one day before our good friends Molly and Alex got engaged there, coincidentally!), we really needed to use our imagination to see how a Spring/Summer wedding would look.

Since the rain plan for a wedding here was not nearly enough space in their lobby, we nixed the Botanical Gardens pretty quickly… which is why I don’t have any photos left on my phone of our tour.

Venue #2 kept us in Richmond. We trekked over to The Country Club of Virginia, James River location.

Since we wanted our ceremony to be outside, I was remiss and didn’t take many of my own photos of the inside, but you can see some great photos from their website (some of these are from the Westhampton location, but they are similar):

The outdoor option we viewed was a large open space overlooking the golf course. It was a complete blank slate which could be made into a spot for both a ceremony and a reception.

The downside to this location was that it was a bit overwhelming for me to imagine starting from complete scratch, and since only one couple had done this before, I didn’t have much inspiration to play with. The idea of our ceremony overlooking the golf course was pretty and all, but golf isn’t an important part of either of our lives, so that didn’t necessarily sell us.

The upside? The events coordinator, Alexis, was so sweet. She’s planning Alex’s sister’s wedding at CCV Westhampton (the other location) this weekend, and she planned my good friend Jeannine wedding last summer. She made us really want to work with her!

To be continued… because honestly, this post is just getting too darn long. 🙂

What did you/will you prioritize in your wedding venue search?

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1 Calla May 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

Check out Hermitage Country Club! My husband and I are from RVA (currently live in Atlanta) and that is where we got married. You have indoor and outdoor options which is perfect for weather related issues. We chose to be indoors; RVA in July=stormy and HOT, so outside was not something we wanted. But again, you can do either there. We had everything there, ceremony and reception and it.was.PERFECT. I cannot say enough good things about Emily, the coordinator. She is on her A-game all the time, so super nice, and makes everything feel so so easy. Seriously, I had not one worry that entire day. I would be happy to share some photos of our ceremony so you can see what an inside option would be there (as your rainy-day back up plan). Just email me! Also, I cannot recommend Mike Topham for photos enough!!


2 Carrie this fit chick May 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm

Ah, so so exciting! My friend is currently venue searching too- can’t wait to hear MORE DETAILS! SPILL, girl!
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3 Juliette @ Namastay Traveling May 25, 2017 at 6:47 am

Best of luck in your search! Honestly..I love following along so the more places I get to se the better 🙂 but can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!


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