This is the dilemma I faced today as I spoke with potential locations today to set up appointments to visit and decide if it was “the place.” The place where we say “I do” and start our life together as husband and wife. I had contacted our Top 5 places and was hearing back from them one-by-one. I finally heard back from our favorite location and we started discussing when they had availability and well, there was very little. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays were gone in our time window (James starts training as an officer at the end of the summer). So what do I do? Is it worth it to get married at a place you think is gorgeous just because it’s the place? Or do you consider time of day of the ceremony, if all of your friends and family can make it…ok you get the picture.

So what do I do? Well first I made an appointment, just in case. I mean I wanted to see the property. Then I thought about it. And thought. And tweeted. And texted my mom. And I realized that I want my friends and family there, I don’t want people running from work to my party and running back home to go to work the next day. I want everyone to be able to make it and not have work be in the way. Plus, my family is across the country (we’re getting married in NY, they’re in Arizona and so many other places), so travel is also something to think about. And while I considered all of these things, I realized, I don’t want a weekday wedding. And the other locations on our list are also pretty. They all have their own style, their own personality, their own plusses and minuses. So goodbye beautiful, expensive location. (I cancelled our appointment.) Hello to something more in the budget, that will work for everyone and be just as fabulous. Because these locations are fabulous in their own ways.

And so the journey begins. We have 2 appointments set up and I have at least 2 more to make. We’re on the road and I’m excited!

Would you have a weekday wedding? Would you have done things differently?