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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Big news today freaders, aside from battling a nasty sinus infection over the weekend Fiancé made a few changes to the wedding....

Instead of partying here....

We will be partying here...

Don't ask what inspired me to change our reception location SEVEN (eee!) months out, we were going through papers and Fiancé used to be on the board of the DC Young Republicans so he had some old menus from the Capitol Hill Club. Out of the blue, we decided to just look. Not make any decisions but oh mah gawd ladies, I fell in love.

We frequent the club and have for a large duration of our courtship, Fiancé was a member when we first began dating so we'd go there for lunches during a brief stint of unemployment (for moi) and we'd meet there for happy hours. Additionally, my former roommate is a member and has been for years - once a month we meet him and his his girlfriend for happy hours to catch up. Fiancé is currently in the process of getting his membership back so it all works out.

Like Reception site #1, new reception site has a lot of meaning to us. But it has the upside of...well...a lot. One, it's a block from the church and the hotel that we're making the room block at (try finding a hotel downtown with a room block price that's reasonable for family from CT and Vermont is like trying to find a needle in a haystack) which means...no transportation (saving $2k on limos/vans? I'm for it.). There were a lot of other factors, we haven't cancelled anything or signed any new contracts but a gist of what we're getting?

  • A cocktail hour in the Eisenhower Room with dinner and dancing upstairs in the main dining room
  • 5 hour reception instead of 4
  • 4 course meal instead of three
  • Saving on dance floor rental and transportation
  • A planner who actually RESPONDS to my emails...within the hour!!! (my biggest complaint with site #1 is that the planner - while he's great and incredibly friendly - is hard to get in touch with via email and phone)
  • We're the ONLY event there that day!!
  • We get to ADD 20 people to guest list!!!

Oh yeah, and a $10,000 minimum food and drink. A wee bit out of our budget but since we cut back on the transportation and since I made a decision to go all Martha Stewart on everyone week of the wedding and MAKE my own bouquet (and the Bridesmaids) we're saving significantly on flowers (we'll still have to get the boutonnieres and the corsages) so we're saving in OTHER areas. It'll work. I'm fairly confident in that fact.

Of course, we're both ecstatic. I don't know why we didn't think of this place ohhh...SIX months ago, but Fiancé assumed I wouldn't want to get married at the National Republican Club (I would have been fine with it) and I assumed it was out of our price range (it's not entirely - no more than Reception Site #1 is but without having to cut every h'or duerve, drink and entreé). Thankfully we're only likely to lose $100 for cancelling our "contract." After this, and our new $5k deposit? No more changing my mind. On anything. Cross my heart.


Any major decisions you changed your mind on? How did you handle it?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Miss JeffMemorial said...

What haven't I changed...? :-)

It's going to be so good. The menus you sent me? So. Good.

Thursday, February 12, 2009 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Bitsy said...

Okay, I am a total nerd to be excited about this but I am pretty sure that we have the same church/reception place now! Yea for the CHC! Let me guess, you are having a room block at the Capitol Hill Suites? That is what we are thinking too... :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009 6:31:00 PM  

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