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Wedding Adventures: The First Challenge

Wedding expos, guest lists and venues...oh my!

Recently I went to my first wedding expo held at Christina's in Foxborough. Boy, was that overwhelming. It was stimulus overload in there, from smelling all the catering food, listening to people talk over the loudspeaker about raffle prizes and just seeing the hundred or so booths filled with all your wedding needs.

Sean (my fiance), Grace (my friend who also just got engaged) and I went from booth to booth collecting any freebies and entering any raffles we could. It turns out we also got a few ideas for catering, transportation and attire, as seen in the photos I posted.

But the first real challenge is finding a venue. And no wedding expo could prepare me for this.

My dream is to have our reception on a farm where we can takeover a barn for a good 'ol fashioned hodown. If we can't find a barn big enough for eating and dancing, we could rent a big tent. We want to have lawn games outside anyway.

The problem is, my parents want to invite everyone under the sun, including cousins I've either never met, or haven't seen in 10 + years. Because they are helping us pay for the wedding though, I may have to let it go.

The first few places we are checking out are Chamberlain Farm, Bittersweet Farm, Tiverton Meetinghouse and Coonamessett Farm. Some of them are definitely too small to have both dinner and dancing in the same area, so hopefully they can accomodate us in some way.

I request readers to make other suggestions if they have any, and to let me know how these places are if they've been to them. And while I'm at it, I'm entering a contest to win jewelry and a honeymoon package...care to vote for our engagement story?

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Annemarie Holloway April 13, 2012 at 04:55 PM
If you can find a discounted way to attend the Newport Bridal tour -- go for it!!! My husband and I went on one, we got to enjoy free tastings and champagne and see gorgeous sites-- what made it the most fun was that we knew that we could never afford such luxuries.. but it was awesome fun to sample them! We had a blast! We got free passes from our jeweler... Maybe they still run deals like that! Don't be overwhelmed.... Eat this up.... And as far as guests... keep communicating.. tell them your wishes... As Emotions run high at these events and the ability to think rationally decreases.. A once in a lifetime adventure...don't let the little things get you down.....
Kelly A. Mello (Editor) April 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Thanks for the advice Annemarie!
Steven Bishop July 02, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Kelly look into Five Bridge Inn which is located in Rehobeth. My neice was married there and is one the most beautiful places I have worked at. A hidden gem to say the least.
Steve Hopkins July 29, 2013 at 10:05 AM
check out Hobby Horse Farm in Rehoboth, MA. Beautiful location.

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