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The Beginning of The End

October 9, 2011

Tawnya and I went to check out our very first wedding venue.  It’s certainly making everything a little bit more real, which I think will be a good thing and help me to start actually planning things.  It’s my first step forward, moving away from feeling like everything is just an act to be performed, a little game of dress up and house.

The purpose of  this blog is to help document and organize our wedding planning, something to refer back to when trying to make decisions, and maybe even further down the future something that can be all warm and fluffy.

So, without further ado, our first wedding venue: Lakeside Gardens.  (

There are some really great things about Lakeside Garden.  Our guests wouldn’t have to worry about parking (unlike if we got married anywhere downtown), it’s totally gorgeous, they give you the option of moving the ceremony inside in case it’s raining (which is super important for Portland), and you get a wedding coordinator to help you with everything.  Also, a coworker of mine got married there and he had glowing reviews.

But… it has it’s downsides as well.  Probably the biggest is the price.  They include a lot with their packages (food, some beer and wine, wedding coordinator, tables, chairs, center pieces, etc.) starting at around $6,200 for 100 guests.  But you still have to pay for flowers, cake, DJ, the photographer, chair covers (did you see those chairs?) and way more alcohol then what they include with their package.  And while we’re on the subject of alcohol, they only offer beer and wine.  The dance floor is also pretty minuscule.  The section of the grounds that they have for the ceremony seemed sort of poorly chosen too.  They have such a gorgeous lake with cute wooden bridges crossing over to little islands and swans and ducks but you wouldn’t be able to see any of it from the gazebo.

I am so happy that we went to look, though.  We’ve gotten our toes wet and now we’ll know better what to expect for the next place we visit.


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One Comment
  1. This looks so pretty but it is a big decision deciding where to have your special day. I think you will know when you visit the right place, it will just feel right. Good luck.

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