Here’s a quick wedding planning update:
Ryan and I have decided to go with a local beach or waterfront wedding venue. While the idea of a destination wedding was totally tempting, we (meaning I, in this case) really wanted to be able to have everyone there – and that couldn’t happen with a destination wedding. Also in the “cons” list were things such as not being able to check out the venue before we fly there for the actual wedding, as well as the fact that it may be harder to control the eco-friendly, small/local business, and anti-sweatshop product aspect of it if it were at a tropical resort far away.
Of course, flying 20 people to a tropical island probably isn’t eco-friendly because of fuel consumption, but I’m not sure that having 85 people fly or drive to a local destination is any better. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that you can’t lead a perfectly eco-friendly life while still enjoying it.
But I digress.
Last night I found what we thought would be the perfect wedding venue for us: Herrington on the Bay. Here’s what makes it awesome:
- An hour’s drive from our house; direct 2-3 hr drive from close family & friends
- On the Chesapeake Bay
- Gorgeous tropical landscaping complete with palm trees for that tropical vibe
- A green grass lawn for the wedding (so my mom doesn’t have to freak out about people walking on the sand, as they would with a beach wedding)
- Eco-resort with sustainable seafood & local veggie options on the catering menu
- The sun would set over the water during our reception
- Option to add fireworks, which I always dreamed of (even though I know they’re not ec0-friendly)
That all sounds great, right? We thought so. But here are a few things that may have us looking elsewhere:
- The bar menu doesn’t include an option for local wine & beer, which is a “must” for us (since it’s a big expense, it needs to be local)
- I don’t know if they serve humanely-raised meats.
- Linens, flatware, glassware, dishes are not included in either the catering OR the venue fees.
- I’m not sure if they’d be willing to serve the coffee roasted by Caffe Amouri
- Finally, I’m not sure if they’re willing to donate the leftover food to a shelter.
After looking at all these things, I’m wondering if we’ll need to chose a venue that does not have a caterer associated with it, so that we have more control over the foods and beverages offered.
But in the mean time, I haven’t given up on this venue. I’m going to respond to their email with my questions. Fingers crossed!