- 8 years ago
OK, Bees…I need some help.
I have Googled just about every location in Brevard County, Florida, and nothing suits my fancy. I’m looking for a botanical garden setting, or an outdoor location with lots of trees and vines. You know, something slightly enchanted looking? I’d LOVE to pitch a huge white tent and hang paper lanterns and twinkly lights with lots of whimsical touches, but alas, it’s not in the budget. I’m having a total DIY (I’m quite the crafty person) affair with a budget of no more than $5k. Meeting a budget closer to $3k would really make me a happy girl!
I did what anyone else would do and I set out to find the perfect garden location. Well, not in Brevard County. Gardens? No way! When they say a girl can dream, Brevard County takes it literally. It seemd a garden wedding is REALLY only in my dreams. Instead of a nice, botanical setting, my area offers me beaches. Lots and lots of beaches. An entire Florida coast of beaches! Cue in a very unhappy Kelly right about now…
Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get any worse…I find this: http://www.mckeegarden.org/weddings.php
Really??? The garden of my dreams, 45 minutes away? But it’s SO EXPENSIVE! Our guest list would need some total revamping and the rental fee is what we’re looking to spend on both a ceremony site AND a reception site. It’s just not going to work. And this is where I run into the catering issue. We’re not catering our reception. We’re buying all of our food and preparing it ourselves. No, we’re not nuts…we’re just a large, hispanic family who prefers a buffet style, homecooked meal. We have lots of gatherings throughout the year and this has always been the way to go. Every event we have is self-catered. So, again…scratch the gem that is McKee Botanical Gardens. Unless of course, you have an idea that might save the day here.
So, I’ve retreated back to the local joints and here is what I’ve come up with so far:
Option 1: Ryckman Park – I adore the pavillions, the park is very well kept, there is an historic pier located on site, and the community center I’m eyeing for our reception is adjacent to the park. Oh, and there is a replica of the oldest post office in our area right smack dab in the middle of the park (last link of this section, it’s the old old looking structure to the right of the pavillions). While this location is my top choice so far, I’m not feeling the fireworks yet and I’m not sure why. The park is $45 an hour to rent and the community center would run us $270 for 6 hours of reception fun. Problem is, we need to have the entire center cleared out and cleaned up by 11PM. We will also need to purchase insurance if alcohol is to be served. How the heck much does it cost to insure and event like this?! And can we really close up shop by 11PM? This will be a kid-friendly celebration but I was thinking midnight, at the earliest, no? Correct me if I’m wrong here.
Option 2: The Rossetter House (keep in mind, I haven’t seen their garden, I will be visiting tomorrow morning). I believe this location will run us around $300 for the rental and we also need insurance for this venue, as well. Again, what does that usually run? I’ve never dealt with such a thing.
Option 3: Enough with trying to find a garden location, or something similar…let’s take it to the beach! I’ve really, really avoided this idea because I was born and raised in the Florida Keys. I grew up on the beach and a beach wedding to me doesn’t seem exciting. However, when I start to see photos of weddings on the beach in colors I adore, and I start to envision having complete control of the decor, I start to reconsider my previous thoughts. Here is an idea of what I’d be gearing towards, it’s beautiful:
I’m out of ideas for now. I have seriously Googled my heart out and you know you’re spinning wheels when every Google page is filled with links you’ve already clicked. I’ve tried to re-word my searches, I’ve stalked local photographer blogs for location ideas and visuals, and I’ve exhausted Google’s image search. I’m tired and tuckered out…and I’m frustrated.
A destination wedding to Orlando sounds peachy right about now. But, my SIL reminded me that a destination wedding would mean slashing our guest list in half. We’re really looking to have a large celebration with everyone involved. Our baby shower had over 80 guests and we’d like to invite everyone that supported us at our shower to the wedding, as well. Plus, this is where I start to feel incredibly selfish and guilt myself. Tiny, fancy wedding of my dreams in Orlando…or large, family-filled, action packed wedding of our dreams at a location that doesn’t fulfill my vision? This is where I start to think of the less fortunate people of the world (particularly those in Haiti fighting for survival) and begin to think, to heck with all of this enchanted, expensive garden stuff…go the economical route and just let loose and have fun and be thankful for the situation you’re in.
Now that I’m putting this together, Ryckman Park seems to be our best bet. It really, truly is a pretty park. Everything is conveniently located in the same spot, there are lots of photo ops on site…and did I forget to mention the Bed and Breakfast I’m totally digging for our weekend stay is located on the same avenue? Yes, yes, I did forget! Check it out here: http://www.portdhiver.com/
Can someone please try to pinpoint why I’m just not feeling the sparks yet, though? Any other suggestions? I’m feeling really out of sorts right now and can’t decide on much else without setting a date and securing our location. Help a sister out, please!