9/27 {Real Bride: Carrie} We FINALLY Picked A State…AND A Venue!

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Remember my state debate from this post?  Well, here’s the follow-up…

Time was ticking away.  More and more people kept asking me if we had set a date yet, as their calendars were booking up for next summer.  My online search for an affordable spot in California was proving fruitless.  More than anything, we just wanted to decide on a place and set a date so that we could give people enough advance notice in this over-scheduled day and age.

So, after much discussion, we made the decision I somehow knew in my gut we would make all along:

We’re getting married in Arizona!

After examining all factors, we decided that having our wedding at Zach’s parents’ house in northern Arizona would allow us the most freedom to DIY and be the most affordable, despite the cost of renting tables and chairs.  We talked to his parents about the idea and they were thrilled!  They’re happy for an excuse to do more work on the house and give some of their relatives an extra reason to come visit.  We’re happy because we know there’s lots of fun stuff for our guests to do in the area, and the hotels are affordable.

I’m already drawing inspiration from gorgeous photos of backyard weddings.  The mission now is to turn this:

into this:

Source: Young House Love

It’ll be a challenge but I think we can do it!  I’m so excited to dance the night away under the gorgeous Arizona stars!

Did anyone else have an at-home backyard wedding?  Was it worth all the DIY work?

  • We had an at-friend's-home backyard wedding at it was definitely worth it in the end! It was only three weeks ago but our photographers (the only thing we didn't DIY, because we even self-cater) already posted pics online if you want to check it out: http://www.kenoaphotography.com/2012/09/12/ainhoa

    • Carrie


  • Oh Carrie, there is SO much you could do with that 3 car garage – if they're willing to clear 2/3rds of it just for the wedding.

    • Carrie

      I'd love to hear what you're thinking!

  • I would like to join you!

  • Yup, have to agree. This is sweet

  • Anonymous

    If you need lots of lights, I would totally tap the after Christmas sale where everything would be so much cheaper.

    The backyard wedding idea is awesome!!!

    • Carrie

      That's a great idea! Writing it down!