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Practice Makes Perfect!

Every big production needs practice and our big day was no exception. We almost didn’t have have a rehearsal dinner though. Read about our exhausting efforts to find a rehearsal venue here: Realities of Having a Wedding in the Boondocks.
We had chosen the lovely Grand Hotel right down the street from Victoria Belle. It’s a beautiful historic bed and breakfast that was not only going to be the venue for our rehearsal dinner, but also the bridesmaids’ tea. In the months leading up to the wedding, we had paid for the rehearsal dinner and put a deposit down for the tea. Three weeks before the wedding, I noticed the check I wrote for the tea hadn’t been cashed. When I called to find out the details, the phone line had been disconnected and the Grand Hotel had closed. Yes, you read that right, closed. 
Side note: I work for a wedding insurance company, the Wedding Protector Plan, and I had purchased a policy for my wedding way before the wedding. People insure their cars, homes, and lives but sadly many do not consider to protect the biggest {and most expensive} day of their lives. The policy helps protect against unavoidable and unpredictable situations like cancellation due to catastrophic weather or illness, vendor no shows, ruined attire and jewelry, venue closing, etc. …VENUE CLOSING. 
So, here we are stuck without a venue for both events and our money gone for the rehearsal dinner. Remember, the pickings were slim for options in dear Hogansville. I wasn’t concerned about the money being I had insurance but where in the world would we find another venue three weeks before the wedding? Wendy’s? Subway? And then of course the idea of me, using my own insurance policy. Work would sure love me! 

Hogansville is a very small town. VERY! My planner and owner of Victoria Belle, Vickie, knows everyone and every thing in and about Hogansville. She became my hero and saved the day. She marched right down the street and like magic, she worked every thing out. Within a week, she had arranged our wedding caterer to cater the rehearsal dinner and our wedding bartender to bartend the rehearsal dinner. She brought in the decorator of Hogansville to decorate for the dinner and the tea. She arranged for a local musician to plan for the dinner, for free! If it wasn’t for Vickie, I honestly don’t think we would had either event.
Want to know what really happened at the Grand Hotel? Me too! I’ve heard from the grapevine that the lady we worked with for months on the dinner and tea had rubbed the Callaways (THE Callaways from Callaway Gardens) the wrong way. She took our file from the Grand Hotel and was fired. The ladies remaining at the Grand had no idea who Sean and I were and what events we had schedule and paid for. Bless their hearts, they were sweet as pie and worked so well with Vickie. Even though I had stressed out {majorly} for a week, they pulled it off and made both events fabulous! Now time for some pictures!

The Realities of Having a Wedding in the Boondocks

Sean and I have really gotten down to the nitty gritty of wedding planning. This is the stage that will and is driving me nuts! The venue, the engagement pictures, the save the dates, the dress – all the fun stuff is out of the way. Now all that’s left is the moving parts: the small details. Thank goodness for my planning/coordinating skills because I never expected how hard it would be to plan a wedding outside of the city. 
Go back almost a year ago when we found Victoria Belle. Sure it was a little farther out than I wanted, but it was beautiful and I was sold! Now fast forward to today and the struggle begins. 
Obstacle one: Transportation
We found the hotel for our guests and I thought everything was great. Wrong. Wrong because there was not a shuttle that came with this hotel. What? Weird! Okay fine, we’ll choose another hotel. Call after call, I found out no hotel in LaGrange provides a shuttle. Yes, I am a southern girl but one who was raised in the Atlanta suburbs. I had no clue hotels and shuttles weren’t married everywhere!
So now the hunt began finding a shuttle/charter bus. Call me naive but bless my grits, those buses are EXPENSIVE! Oh but wait – don’t forget the surcharge for “out of the city limits” mileage. Great! Same thing happened with our get away car. Hopefully we’re not ALL walking to our end-of-the-night destinations!
Obstacle two: Rehearsal dinner
Google and the internet have been my best friends during the planning process. This is, until now. When searching for restaurants to host the rehearsal dinner, Google replied…
Oh, how to decide?! I’m really leaning towards Hogs Heaven BBQ! Only kidding – whew I’ll be sporting a lovely shade of gray for my hair color come wedding day! I took my search to LaGrange where the choices are just a slim (thankfully a couple are serious contenders) but where are all the restaurants??
Toto, I don’t think we’re in Atlanta anymore!