Victorian Bride
VIP December 2019

Need Opinions on Ceremony Location

Victorian Bride, on May 31, 2019 at 8:18 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 18
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Hi Wedding Wire Friends,

I know most of you are aware of our wedding venue. Lol! ❤ I need assistance with our ceremony site. I've posted a map of the property. The bridal suite is in the main house ( so I'll exit from the court yard area of the house).

I'm mobility impaired so the venue's wedding planner suggested we marry at the pergola. You will find it on the map. I refuse to marry at the Santuary as 1: it is too far from the house and 2: it reminds me of those large, historic burial memorials in New Orleans. Ha! Ha! I love the gazebo (gorgeous part of the garden), but am not quite sure where it is located on the map. I think it it the shape on the right on the way to the pergola ( but further towards the pond), but am not sure. I've not been to the venue in awhile. Map is not exactly to scale. Which do you prefer Pergola or Gazabo?

Our wedding is December 22, 2019. But, we are in the Deep South. No snow, hopefully. If we use the Pergola, there will be no, to few, green leaves on it. Love the intertwined twigs. Probably no flowers in the beds. Should I get two "alter" floral arrangements as decoration? I've posted my bouquet so you can see our flowers. Or leave it plain? I don't know what the chairs look like, but should I put aisle decor? I was thinking of having rose petals along the chairs to form an aisle.

Our back-up ceremony site for inclement weather is the Study. Its pictured in gold. The room is appx 18X18. It will be a tight squeeze, but we'll make it. It will already be decorated for Christmas. No rose petals are allowed inside, only floral arrangements. Thanks so much!!

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18 Comments

  • Jessica
    VIP October 2019
    Jessica ·
    Hmm.. I totally agree with you in not choosing the santuary. I'm leaning towards saying the pergola.. though either would be pretty. it looks like a lovely venue! 💕
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
    Thank you, Jessica!! 💕 I can't wait for December.
  • Cher Horowitz
    Rockstar December 2019
    Cher Horowitz Online ·

    The pergola would be a beautiful place to get married!

  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Thanks so much Cher!!
  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
    The pergola! Even with twigs, I wouldn’t do floral arrangements because the natural landscape is gorgeous! Can you rent or buy a few potted trees/bushes (ie rosemary) as aisle decor or one or two by the altar?
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Not sure. There is so little in the town where the venue is located. Great idea. ❤ I'll check. Thank you Pirates and 60's Bride!! 😙
  • S
    Dedicated May 2020
    Shannon ·
    I think the pergola is beautiful
  • Anna
    Rockstar June 2020
    Anna ·
    The pergola and yes definitely yes to altar arrangements and aisle decor and even on the end chairs marking each row.
    So many seasonal things that you can do in December. Magnolia leaves, nandina, cedar with blue berries, Holly, pine, balsam, soooo many things
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Thank you, Shannon. I agree. 💕
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    0h Anna! You are a florist. 😊 I'd like to compare your ideas to the more minimalist approach. Thanks for the suggestion. ❤
  • Katherine
    Expert July 2019
    Katherine ·
    Yes I like the perogala! You’re getting married on my birthday! This year it was an absolutely gorgeous 80 degrees in TX at least
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Really? Awesome!! 🎂🎁 That will make our wedding even more special!! ❤ I think we were only 65°, but I think Sunny and 65° everyone should be able to manage about 30 minutes, right? I hope it's equally beautiful this year. I'll be thinking of you on our big day. Thanks, Katherine.
  • Amanda
    Master December 2020
    Amanda ·
    Pergala gives great photo opportunities! I agree the othe rlooks like a cemetary thing
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    I do, too, Amanda but they claim it's a popular wedding spot. Obviously people not from the New Orleans area. I think we will go with the Pergola. Thank you.
  • Expert August 2020
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    The pergola and gazebo are both lovely; you can't go wrong with either! I can definitely see why you don't want to get married in front of sanctuary. It looks like a mausoleum. I just know you're going to have a beautiful wedding!

  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    Thank you!! You are just too sweet!! Can't wait for December. I appreciate your input!! ❤
  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Champion March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    I read somewhere that sometimes garden centers (Armstrong? Home Depot) will rent out their plants/trees. Have no idea the cost or if they handle delivery/pick-up but I would think two big plants/mini trees might cost less than two big floral arrangements? You can always give them away if no room to drive home with them, if you need to buy them. Just an idea.
  • Victorian Bride
    VIP December 2019
    Victorian Bride ·
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    This little town, to my knowledge, has no big garden centers. Just local nurseries. Our enourmas SUV will be packed. No room for toparies ( love toparies) or anything. It will have my huge gown covered with sheets. Can't crush it after steaming. And we'll have Gaston, my service animal. Full load, plus we are mini-mooning with them. I need things that they'll allow in the house if the outside ceremony is a wash. Literally. Ha! Ha! I'd love to have some shepherds stakes with lanterns, but if it's raining, I've wasted money. Not sure how much these items cost. I appreciate your idea. I'm going to have too decide on something and discuss it with the venue's wedding planner. I'm not even sure what they allow. They have had 100's of weddings. The worst thing is not seeing into the future to know what to expect weatherwise on our big day ( don't we all wish!). Ha! Ha! Thank you!!

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