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Location, Location, Location

Like how location is a prime factor for most businesses, the venue is a key consideration for most weddings. The decision-making process becomes a little more complicated than picking a nice ceremony and reception venue when you:

  • Have ties with multiple cities/countries – my partner and I live in Perth, most of his family and friends are in Perth, most of my family and friends are in NZ, I grew up in and love NZ, and we both agree that NZ is the more beautiful place (not many places in the world can rival the beauty of Middle Earth!). Ah, and our birth countries are in Europe and Asia, although we never really considered them as practical options; and
  • Want to run your wedding on a conservative budget – so how about a cheap wedding followed by a honeymoon in Bali? Hmmmm.

Ultimately, we decided on Perth because we live here, which makes it a lot easier to organise local suppliers as we are doing our wedding planning DIY – a by-product of the conservative budget. If having a wedding planner is an option though, I have heard of how easy they make everything happen and being overseas wouldn’t be an issue. Maybe in my next life I’ll get to have a wedding with Mordor as the backdrop. 😌

So, having chosen the city, next up was the actual venue. My personal preference was to have our ceremony and reception at the same place. Whilst most guests wouldn’t care about needing to travel between the two, I thought I’d rather save the travel time for more photography time.

Now for my first wedding-related plugs on this blog. I did my fair share of research and comparing pricing packages of suitable venues around Perth and the venues we seriously considered were: Araluen Golf Resort, Fraser’s Kings Park and Caversham House. All three places are gorgeous.

“So, how did he propose?” He didn’t!

“How did he propose?!?!” This has to rank as one of the most-asked questions I’ve had in the past year and a half.

The answer seems to always prompt a bit of a shock followed by a “Huh?” or “What?” So I thought I might as well blog about how there was no proposal.

We’d been together for about three years and were more than comfortable discussing marriage and our future together. Gradually, he started asking things such as: “How would you like me to propose to you?” “Do you want a romantic proposal?” “Do you want a surprise proposal?” “Should I ask your parents first?” “When would you like it?” “Where would you like it?” “In private or public?”…

Eventually, I threw my hands up (not really) and suggested that we should just go shopping for an engagement ring together. So that is exactly what we did. Luckily, the ring shopping seemed a much easier process than the non-proposal and it was easy to find one that I fell in love with at Tiffany. I experienced far better service at Tiffany Perth than Tiffany Sydney though, and even looking and trying on the same ring style at both stores I enjoyed it a lot more at the Perth store because the lady who served me was so much more personable – it’s all about the selling skills!

So I guess the next question is: Was I disappointed in the lack of a proposal?