We have a venue. The non-profit finally moved beyond their fundraiser-focused months and approved our request at their board meeting. We're signing a contract and submitting our deposit asap. As soon as our check clears and the contract is countersigned, I'll give you all an update on the actual location.
We couldn't be happier. We went back to the site again a few weeks ago, just to see if we'd romanticized it and glossed over the DIY challenges and to confirm if everything was truly wheelchair accessible. And it was just how we'd remembered it: imperfectly perfect, and entirely right for us (and wheelchairs.) So we've been holding our breath while halfheartedly researching and visiting venue alternatives around town. None of them felt quite as right, but we were willing to consider them all. And now, we don't need to consider any of them. We just need to get our final paperwork in and get started on the real logistics and planning.
After getting venue confirmation, we spent the next two hours celebrating and starting a monster to-do list. Whereas to-do lists have been horrifically stressful until now, the act of being able to actually define our tasks and timeline is a welcome relief. Our wedding ideas finally have context and can begin to take on actual direction and shape. Our wedding conversations won't have to hover in that frustrating realm of what-ifs and if-not-that, then-whats. Our daydreaming has finally become real, and we can actually define the eleven discrete tasks we want accomplish by the end of July and the fifteen more by the end of summer.
We're getting married on April 3, 2011 in a ceremony that will be witnessed and celebrated by our family and friends. And thanks to this venue, we'll be lucky enough to experience that joy in place that makes our hearts sing too.