The location of the church is in northern Houston. So LOTS of restaurants, several of which have private dining rooms, etc. Things that were the obvious excluding factors were the cost and/or the type of food. So yes, that makes sense.
From the beginning, my mom & I had thought one particular restaurant would be perfect. Fun environment, tasty food, etc. It seemed to fit the bill. However, Matt didn't really like it, so back to the drawing board!
Then we had a hard time looking for alternatives. One night, my parents & I drove out to County Line BBQ and decided that was a good contender. Next time Matt came into town, he decided he liked it. He talked to his parents and within the next few days it was booked.
Now Christmas time rolls around and I move back home. My family goes there to eat dinner one Friday around 6 PM, you know, about the time we would be going to the rehearsal dinner. It takes us about 40 minutes to get there. One way. I start freaking out as I realize:
- I got my parents' genes for being willing to drive 40 minutes one way just to eat good food
- No way do I want our close family and friends driving 40 minutes in Houston traffic just to eat at a particularly good BBQ place
And yes, that is what we're doing. It may not be traditional, but it will be a relaxing and fun time with our family and friends, just what we (I) will need the day before the wedding.
There's the story of how what should have been easy I made complicated (in true Jessica fashion, I might add). Any other brides have a wedding-planning process that should have been easy turn complicated?