Cake Shmake

August 11, 2008

the venue

Filed under: venues — Tags: , , — Heather @ 6:28 pm

Originally, we really liked the idea of going into Boston – in particular the beautiful and way over our budget, The State Room.  We thought that if we waited until 2010, we would be able to afford to go there.  No one but us actually liked this idea.  My gram was worried about the older people getting into town (when I suggested I rent a bus/van/whatever for transportation, she looked completely freaked out which huh?) and of course, we were just worried about the price.  But OMG the views!  Gorgeous.  So I had my mind pretty much set and would just deal with anyone who had trouble going into Boston.  (And let me say that we NEVER go into town unless completely forced so my need to do this was weird, I admit.  Curse of the wedding goggles!)

Then I went to an event for my work at Indian Pond Country Club in Kingston. I instantly became smitten and thought it would be a lovely place to have the whole thing. My concern was the price because country clubs can be a little steep – mostly because they can be, you know? – and I was also nervous that they wouldn’t want to host a small cocktail reception when they have people spending 10s of 1000s of dollars for a wedding.

I got the package and the first thing that caught my eye was the $500 room rental for a Friday night. Score. The second thing? The minimum of $3,000 in food and beverage for a Friday night. Um, can you say double score? Beautiful views, great food, pretty room for under $5,000 to start? Yay!

So FMiL and I decided to get out of the house and go have some girl time (ie – let’s go to Cold Stone and eat ice cream before we go on that pesky wedding diet) and we stopped by The Paper Store and looked at invites for a while – most of which were meh at best. One of the employees came over and asked us some questions and this is how part of that conversation went:

Paper Store: Indian Pond? It’s gorgeous there. They do such a nice job for weddings. My neice is, in fact, getting married there next October.
*me and FMiL look at each other, paranoid already*
Me: Really? We were looking at October next year, too.
PS: The long weekend?
*swallows hard and nods*
Me: Yes, I hope so.
PS: Hers is the following weekend.
PS: She booked it three months ago.
*mouth drops*

So I toss and turn and think how we might not get the room now that I’ve really started to like it and told my gram that we’re looking to stay on the South Shore and she was so happy to hear that and that it would be next year instead of 2010. A few days later…

Me: Dave and I decided to go with Indian Pond. We’re going to look at the room on Saturday. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have it there.
FMiL: Really? You’ve decided on Indian Pond?
Me: …Yeah.
FMiL: Oh, good!
*brow furrowed and she gets twittery*
FMiL: Don’t get mad.
Me: What did you do?
FMiL: I’m not meddling! I’m just trying to help.
Me: What did you doooooooo?

She called them and booked the room. Without Dave seeing it. And then she made me promise not to tell him. It was awkward to say the least. I appreciate it and I understand why she did but wow, it was a weird situation to find myself in. But, in the end, I’m happy she did because if we couldn’t get that date, I would be very sad. We went on Saturday, Dave loved it as soon as he heard that he gets a free round of golf and can have an “outing” up to 3 other foursomes for $85 per golfer (which isn’t bad for a private club). (BTW, I did tell Dave because I felt too guilty not.)

So it’s official: We will be getting married on Friday, October 9, 2009. The day is special to me because it’s the day my grandparents were married and they will be celebrating their 61st anniversary next year. I hope just a little of what they’ve been able to accomplish rubs off on us. They’re awesome.

And can I be honest and say I’m kind of freaking out that in a little more than a year, I’m getting married? EEK! I’m super excited and beside myself with joy that I am marrying Dave. He is…pretty darn fantastic…but wow, wedding. No matter how small we make it, it’s still going to be a lot of details and with a lot of this stuff being done by us (me?), it feels a little overwhelming right now. I’m just trying to let it sink in.

I’m actually very excited! And poo poo on The State Room who couldn’t even bother with an email or call back.


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