How Finding The Perfect Venue (Almost) Made Me A Bridezilla

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My "bridal gene" kicked in the second I fell in love with our new outdoor reception site.

I have to admit it — somewhere between our last cake tasting and my first experience with a registry gun, I crossed over from laid-back bride-to-be to full-blown whatever-the-step-before-Bridezilla is.

Seriously. And I'm not planning on reining it in any time soon; it's way too fun!

The bridal gene kicked in the second I fell in love with our new outdoor reception site. And surprisingly, it's not the one we put a mini deposit on: This process is like falling in love — you don't really know what it feels like until the right one comes along, and then it hits you, hard.

The new wedding venue is a gorgeous vineyard filled with sprawling gardens to explore and adorable rustic features, like a barn for dancing. It's perfect. I'm going to have to play around with my budget now because the per person charge is almost double that of the previous location (but who needs a four-tiered fondant cake, anyway? Buttercream will do if it means getting married in heaven).

Priorities are really what it comes down to when budgeting for a wedding. If the sky's not the limit for your budget, you have to ask yourself: What's the most important element? Maybe you don't really care what type of paper you print your invites on, but you want to splurge on a wedding photographer. Do it — it's your day!

As soon as I discovered the most important element for my August wedding (i.e. a gorgeous outdoor venue), everything else started to click into place. Trust me, if it doesn't feel right, don't do it; you'll be happier!

Did you have a moment in your wedding planning process when everything just clicked into place? Tell us!

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