Wedding Wednesdays: We Set the Date!

June 4, 2014

photos of our wedding venue via my iPhone

Happy Wednesday all! I hope your week has been going well. Although I am so busy at my job right now, I can't help but be super excited for something John and I accomplished over the weekend... we finally set the date! We will be getting married July 25, 2015 in Malibu, California.

Setting the date was not exactly the easiest decision for us. John and I have been engaged since December, and we took some time to enjoy our engagement. We also had a lot of discussions involving where the wedding would be. John is from Chicago, I am from Kansas City, and 90% of our friends and family reside in the Midwest. Obviously, John and I live in California, so the decision about the location of our wedding (and the venue) was really tough!

It was hard to imagine planning a wedding back home when I live here in California. Traveling back and forth would be time-consuming and add travel costs to the overall planning budget. Although wedding costs are cheaper in the Midwest, we couldn't say no to the beautiful place that is California. We live here, got engaged here and decided to tie the knot here, where we will start our lives together. Therefore, we chose a venue overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Solstice Canyon in Malibu. Solstice was the first hike that we did when we moved to LA, so the venue location has special meaning to us.

I also want to announce that starting this week, I will begin to share lots of exciting wedding details & the planning process every Wednesday. I want to know from you what you want to hear about along the way... I am happy to share! I am sure I will need advice from you as well.. this is my first experience going through wedding planning, so any advice you have is greatly appreciated!

With that said, I would love to know, if you are married, how did you decided on the location of your wedding? Was it easy? Was it hard to pick one city over the other? Were you happy with your decision?


  1. What a gorgeous place. Wow!!!!! How exciting, I can't wait to read while you plan your wedding. Xxo-Jamie @MakeupLifeLove

  2. SWOON! This is exactly the type of venue I envision in my ideal wedding. Love it, Danielle! You're going to be a gorgeous bride!

  3. Gorgeous venue! My #1 advice is to not skimp on the photos. The splurge is 110% worth it! Also, don't sweat the small stuff. In the end, none of it matters except that you are married to the one you love :)


  4. Agreed on be photoa and i would say the samw about the DJ/band. Boring/bad dj=boring/no dancing wedding!

  5. This venue is STUNNING!!



  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE! LOVE is in the air!!!! Love the venue!

  7. OMG that's ao amazing! SO excited for you!! xx

  8. This looks absolutely beautiful! Congrats on getting married {and setting a date!} Here's how we chose our location: My husband is from Ohio and I'm from Washington state. We were living in Washington at the time and the majority of our guests were from there. That was the easy part. Ryan's sister was getting marred the same summer, so picking a date was a little more challenging. We knew we wanted an outdoor venue and we were very budget conscious. Luckily, we found a couple who were just starting a new outdoor venue {their backyard on several acres}. It was great because we got to ask for certain details to be added to make our day perfect, which we weren't able to do at an established venue. My advice to you is ask lots of questions and make sure you and your wedding planner are completely in sync. You don't want any surprises on your big day! Also, keep in mind that not every detail will go as planned. But you're marrying your best friend and that's truly all that matters. Enjoy the planning process!
    Chambray + Cabernet

  9. Just found your blog, found your wedding posts, etc etc..SO exciting! I actually wrote a wedding planning book titled Hitched in a Hurry [www.hitchedinahurrybook.com] for brides planning weddings in six months or fewer. That obviously doesn't fit your timeline, but I thought I'd answer your questions anyway in case you're in need of a few extra tips!

    1. I'm from Dallas, my husband is from North Carolina, and we chose to have our wedding in South Carolina. That's where we fell in love, plus it was a nice in-between location for both of our families.

    1A. We held our wedding and reception at a hotel (The Westin Hilton Head) because of the convenience—in-house catering, gorgeous views, and the ability to walk to our ceremony. So easy! The only thing I would suggest: Do a few extra hotel follow-ups on behalf of your out-of-town guests. Coastal hotels get really busy, especially during the summer months, and you want to make sure that your guests have zero problem when it's time to check in.

    Best wishes!

  10. I had an amazing experience at this place. They have very good decorations and food and drinks were average pricing. I am looking out for any chance to back there.