Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Feminist Wedding: Our Venue

Picking out our venue was one of the first things we did after getting engaged, and it really has been one of my favorite parts of wedding planning. There are countless possibilities, and different venues shape the look and feel of your wedding so significantly.

We knew from the beginning that we didn't want a traditional ballroom or country club. Both of us really loved the idea of having the reception outside under the stars, and we wanted something that felt cozy and slightly backyard-ish. We wanted it to feel slightly vintage, in the sense that we wanted it to be more like weddings in the "old days" when everyone celebrated at the bride's house (except no one was celebrating in our tiny apartment). I was really inspired, as strange as it might be, by the wedding scenes in Little Women and Little House on the Prairie. I also knew that I wanted it to feel slightly southern, but absolutely did not want a plantation. They were too grand for the type of feel we wanted, and I didn't like the idea of getting married at a place that was so deeply rooted in slavery and oppression.

Logistically, most of our guests are flying in and I wanted it to be fairly easy for them to get to the wedding from the airport. That meant I had to forgo any dreams of having a wedding in the North Georgia Mountains, which would easily be a couple hours drive.

In the end, it came down to two venues: one an old bed and breakfast and the other a polo farm. I thought the polo farm would be the easy choice, because I am obsessed with horses, but when I went to tour it I realized a.) that I would be walking around in my wedding dress on straw and gravel inches from horse poop and b.) that turning a working polo farm into a wedding and dinner-space is actually a large amount of work. In the end, we settled on the bed and breakfast.

The Veranda Inn is in this cute little town of Senoia, right next door to where I grew up (fun fact: it is also the filming location for The Walking Dead, so I get to see lots of zombies on my trips down there!). The Veranda was built in 1906 as the Holberg Hotel. It has fireplaces, tons of character, a huge wraparound porch, rocking chairs, and an old red barn in the back. It couldn't be more perfect for us and I am absolutely in love with it!

Here are a few photos, if you'd like to see.

The Funky Shack: the veranda

Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn | Senoia, Georgia

possible wedding location - The Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn, Senoia, Georgia, (GA) 



  1. I think its an incredible experience to sit down with your fiance and think through all the symbols and rituals that surround marriage.

  2. Love the ambiance!It just feels like LOVE!

  3. Well, I agree as picking wedding space was one of the first step and I also found the los angeles wedding space which shape the look of wedding so significantly.

  4. Picking out the venue for your wedding is really exciting. Of course, you want everything to be perfect, so you made sure that your reception will be as beautiful as what you want imagined. Well, the place looked great. I checked out your recent posts, and I’m happy that your wedding went well. Congrats to the both of you! :)

  5. That's definitely the right place to plan a wedding! Picking out a venue is one of the hardest tasks because you have to consider lots of things. Good thing you found yours immediately. How's the planning, by way? I hope you can share some photos of your lovely wedding!

    Hildred Congdon