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Choosing the Right Wedding Venue: Be Authentic to Who You Are

Heather Tully - Friday, October 20, 2017
Choosing the Right Wedding Venue: Be Authentic to Who You Are


Admit it. You've spent hours just scrolling through Pinterest, sorting and saving the limitless categories and ideas that you fantasize about having, doing, or even creating. There’s food, fashion, DIY, home renovations, and of course… Weddings.

It’s okay. We’ve all been there. And whether we’re single, taken, or engaged, we can’t deny ourselves the guilty pleasure of planning that special day. Now, with the recent rise of social media, the pressure is really on. But you end up telling yourself that it can only be accomplished in your wildest dreams.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. There’s actually a foolproof method to plan and enjoy a wedding that’s seriously “Pinterest-worthy”. And it’s as simple as your self-authenticity. But how do you know if you’re being authentic? How can you be sure to create a day that reflects you, your partner, and the love you share? 

Ask Your Friends What Reminds Them of You

Has anyone ever gotten you a gift, or sent you a song, that “made them think of you”? Well, that’s because of who you are - your authentic self. Maybe you’re insanely obsessed with Harry Potter (no shame), and your friend finds some merchandise that you just had to have. Well… Have you ever considered a Harry Potter themed wedding? Go and Pinterest that one - thank me later.

Yes, Pinterest is Your Best Friend

But unless you’ve made serious progress with discovering your authentic self, don’t just browse one theme and that’s it. Go out of the box, out of your comfort zone, and expose yourself to everything. Once you establish your basics, you’ll have a better sense of where this ordeal should actually take place!

Don’t Forget Your Partner’s Involvement

Once you get started, it’s easy to get caught up in the pinning/planning frenzy. Eventually, you remember that there’s actually another person’s authenticity that matters, too! Set aside some time to look at ideas together, and see what middle ground you start building upon. You want this day to reflect both of you, and why you love one another.

Look Around… What’s Your Style?

If you’re more “boho chic” or “vintage”, you probably won’t be looking into weddings with classic ballroom vibes. Your Pinterest board probably consists more of barnyard, outdoor weddings. Or maybe you follow certain religious traditions, so you may want your wedding in a setting that reflects exactly that. Who you are matters the most - be where that is reflected and represented.

Consider the Entire Event

In reality, the marriage ceremony itself doesn’t take up much time. The real celebration occurs after , where love and happiness (and drinks) flow nonstop! When deciding on your venue, it’s important to consider where that will all take place. Will it be at the same location? Will the guests need to travel? Indoors or outdoors? Oh my! Breathe. Explore. You have options!

Now that you have a general idea of how to bring that dream wedding to life, go discover your authentic self and let it shine through everything you do. Especially your special day.


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