Sunday, December 6, 2009

Change of venue blues

{St. Mary's Star of the Sea, Sausalito CA -- Plan B venue}

So, when Guitar Fred and I picked our venue, we had thought we'd have both the ceremony and reception at the Campbell Hall and Garden, which is owned by the historic and beautiful Episcopalian Christchurch just across the street. When I mentioned to my mom that we were sacrificing getting married in a church for the sake of meeting our budget with a garden ceremony, she offered to help out.

We were ecstatic with this generous offer and followed up with the staff at Christchurch to book it. Because we had already booked the Hall, the church rental was discounted by $200 to $1,500 and getting the minister to officiate would be an extra $500. Total cost to get married at the Campbell Hall and Garden? $3,800.

Our excitement was building until we read the fine print --photography of the ceremony  is NOT allowed and videography has to be conducted from the door with ambient lighting! WHHHAAAAATTTTT??!?! Davina + Daniel Photography are flying all the way from Montreal, Quebec, and there's no way we'd let them miss out on shooting our ceremony.

So, what's Plan B? We think we've found a new ceremony venue -- and we're still keeping our reception at the Campbell Hall and Garden. Guitar Fred is Episcopalian and I'm Catholic, so getting married in Sausalito's Catholic St. Mary's Star of the Sea is fine by us -- and they only cost $1,000 and do allow photography. This would bring our ceremony + reception rental cost to only $2,800 instead. Now, we're just crossing our fingers that St. Mary's is available. Pray for us. *wink*

For more on St. Mary's Star of the Sea, check out photo #17 on Vaughn n' Go's blog below! Curtis and Catherine's Wedding at St. Mary's Star of the Sea by Vaughn 'n Go Photography

2 love notes:

Born to be Mrs. Beever said...

Oh wow...glad you are hopefully able to revamp everything to work for your ideas. I definitely would not be happy about the photog and videography restrictions - ick! But even though the church may not work out, you are saving some money so I say that's a plus. I always thought I'd get married in a church but the more I thought about it, I wanted our reception and ceremony at the same site. And honestly for me, the Spirit of the Lord is wherever you don't have to be in a church setting to know that God is among you and blessing your vows. Can't wait to see everything come together for you.

New Mexican Bride said...

GOOD LUCK~ I have my fingers crossed for you! I can't believe they don't allow photography? Crazy!

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