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A New Venue in Stillwater
By: Molly Mogren | Posted: 12/10/2013
Approximately one minute after Josh and I got engaged, another question was popped (about a million times): Have you picked a date? Well, no, in fact in the 24 hours that followed our engagement, we had not picked a date. However, after the 100th time we were asked, we found ourselves incredibly motivated to just set the damn date so we’d have something to tell people other than, “Ah . . . well . . . we dunno, sometime next year probably.”
Settling on a date depends largely on two things: conflicts and venue availability. I already knew my brother and two of my best gal friends were getting married next year. So, we attempted to do what any nice, sweet Minnesotans would do: we tried to pick our date first so everyone had to work around us! I know, so thoughtful, right?
As far as venues, our choices were limited due to the fact that my grandparents were practicing Catholics and had a gazillion kids (12 boys, to be exact. My poor grandmother!). Plus, we’re a tight-knit family, so not inviting everyone is simply not an option. Add in our high school and college friends, Josh’s many relatives scattered across the country, work colleagues, and our parents’ friends, and bam! We’re well over 400 people. Hopefully, with some soul-searching editing and those who can’t make it, we’ll be in the 325-350 range. Still—yikes!
We didn’t feel like a big banquet hall fit our personalities, however, finding something more unique presented a challenge with a group our size. Additionally, Josh and I aren’t particularly religious, so we thought a two-fer ceremony and reception site would be perfect. Plus, who doesn’t love marching straight out of their wedding ceremony into a fun cocktail party? And then there's the food. I work for a chef and I am a wee bit of a food snob, so having to go with a specific caterer because a venue has a contract with them wasn’t going to work. No chicken a la king for this gal!
Kara is a communications manager at U.S. Bank. See her engagement story.
Taylor is a magazine editor at MSP Communications. See her engagement story.
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