Plan With Me | Picking a Venue| Charlotte Wedding Planners

The next stop of our plan with me series will focus on picking a venue. Finding a unique venue was one of the most important things to both me and David. We each had a few “must-haves” and we wanted to find something that met both of our expectations!

Here are our must-haves:

      • A venue in Boone, NC (I was born and raised there!)
      • Have a big deck or pavillion
      • Somewhere that was naturally beautiful and didn’t need a lot of decorations

By the recommendation of a family member, we found Sky Retreat in Boone, NC. First, we did some online research…looking at pictures, websites, reviews- the usual! We loved everything we saw and decided to call and have a few questions answered.

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Photo Courtesy of Sky Retreat

We talked with the venue owner and were able to set up an appointment to tour the venue the next day. It was breathtaking! The venue had everything on our checklist and more. Both of us were able to envision getting married there and knew it was the perfect spot. There was also a discount going on where we could get a portion of the venue fees taken off and free tables and chairs! We also decided to get married on a Sunday because it was a cheaper day to use the venue. It didn’t affect any of our plans or our timeline, and we were able to cut costs out of our budget.

The owners were able to answer all of our questions and after looking at a few other venues online, we knew we were ready to book. We set a date of Sunday, June 2nd, 2019 and have been dreaming about the moment when we get to say our vows with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.

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Photo Courtesy of Sky Retreat

Picking a venue can be intimidating. There are so many good ones to choose from and it can feel like a huge decision. My advice to any newly engaged couples is to look for a venue that will suit the “theme” of your wedding. If you want something rustic, barn venues are everywhere. If you want something classy, Uptown Charlotte has some awesome venues, including the Mint Museum. If you want something romantic, family-owned venues pull this off beautifully. Wherever you look, find a place that suits your theme and your dreams!

Want more tips on planning your big day?  Follow along on my wedding planning journey during our featured Plan With Me Series.  Reach about my engagement story and how I cam to the MMW team!

Best Wishes,

Joelle