I've only been home for just over 24 hours, but wedding planning with my parents has already been happening. Here's an update with some of the highlights:
The Touch of Magic in East Grand Forks (the venue which I indicated as my first choice for a wedding reception in a previous blog post) is closing at the end of 2011. Looks like I won't be having my wedding reception there! ***Sigh...*** Moving on to my second choices, I guess.
One of these second choices was the Hilton Garden Inn. I called the Hilton today, and I found out they seat up to 200 people in their reception hall. My mom and I went to visit with their event coordinator this afternoon. After visiting with her about prices and options, my mom was absolutely sold on the venue. I think the Hilton is a great venue too, so I will be scheduling a taste-testing of the food once Lee gets back into Grand Forks. We'll look at the Hilton's reception hall again at that time and make our final decision! Even though I can't have the reception at my favorite choice, I'm really happy with how things are working out with the Hilton. I think it is meant to be! After all, the Hilton is the place where Lee and I first met.
I also called the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMA) today to check prices for the ceremony venue. The NDMA charges TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS to rent the building for a wedding ceremony. The price is absolutely disgusting, and definitely not within my budget constraints. Also, policies at the NDMA do not allow wedding ceremonies to take place during museum hours. Even if I could afford it, I don't think I would want an evening wedding. It's time to start considering plan B for the ceremony venue, and I don't think the answer will come as easily as it did for the reception venue.
Major point of dissension between me and my mom: photography. Having a good (strike that, not just good, but talented) photographer is really important to me. My mother disagrees. She thinks one photo is just like the next photo and suggests I hire someone I know to take pictures. I really don't feel comfortable hiring someone who is not a professional photographer. I know photography can eat up a large portion of the budget. However, I don't think I want to settle on this issue.
Dress shopping is in the near future!