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Happily Ever Johnson: Venue Shopping

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! I'm so happy that the warm weather is finally here. Today I'm bringing you another installment of Happily Ever Johnson. This past weekend we went to see three venues and it was tiring lol! This process of finding the perfect venue seems to be a little stressful and the most important thing you want to get out of the way. I feel the venue sets the tone for the rest of the wedding planning. Once you know where you are going hold your wedding, the other planning such as colors, wedding dress and center pieces can be determined. We plan on getting married at the church and then holding the reception in a separate venue. We are also open to having everything all in one place.

When we were looking at venues, we based it off searching online and recommendations from other married couples. It is nice to look at the pictures online but better to see the venue in person. I look for visuals and places to take pictures. Are there outdoor and indoor options for photo opts? I also want to make sure there is enough space for everything like parking, cocktail hour and the actual reception. What is included with the packages? All the venues we looked had everything we wanted in the package. We were looking a for venue that offered a decent time for cocktail hour and reception, had enough space for our party, open bar, hors d' oeuvres during the cocktail hour and just amazing customer service. I don't want to stress or worry about if something needs to be done, I just want to get down the aisle, dance all night, drink, eat amazing food and have the wedding to remember. I want my family and friends to walk away saying that was one of the best wedding they have been to. Of course, everything comes at a price and talking numbers can be stressful. Here are a couple pictures of the venues we saw over the weekend.

You want to make sure you are getting the best deal and not spending too much. My Mom was very helpful one night making a spreadsheet of all the places we went to visit. She put how much it was per plate with the number of guest, taxes, gratuity, how much it is having everything there vs just having the reception and what each place offers. This was so helpful because I was starting to get a little overwhelmed. We then could narrow down what place was outside of our budget and what places are a possible venue site. It made the process a little easier and I think we will have a decision soon. It also helps not to fall in love with the first place you see. It is best to look around and compare before making a final decision because deposits are mostly likely non refundable. I'm just hoping to get this process out the way so I can start the rest of the planning lol!

So that is it for Happily Ever Johnson. What was your experience with venue shopping? Any tips or suggestions? Comment below and let me know. Hope you enjoy this beautiful weather and see you Thursday.

Have you checked out my previous post on my February Goal and Result and March Goals??

~**Drea Notes**~

I recently invested in new editing software and recorded a tutorial that will be up next week. I will have one up this week as well. I'm super excited!!

I can't wait to play Easter bunny again, it makes me happy seeing how excited my son gets!

It seems like the big thing in the makeup world is color correcting now. They have something for everything. 


  1. Venue shopping was the hardest for sure, the idea of a spreadsheet is genius!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  2. Lovely venues! The first one looks so pretty!

  3. I really like the first venue with the natural sunlight coming in.

  4. Its great your mom is helping you out so much and making things easier and organized. I look forward to your tutorial!


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