So, as the title shows, this is my very first blog. I’ve never done it before, not even sure if I’m doing it right.
One of my clients has a blog where she keeps in touch with family and friends and has made more friends along the way. She inspired me to try it, so here goes.
Mike and I have been working feverishly on getting our Wedding and Events Venue ready to open. We’re calling it “O’Duibhginn’s Cottage Wedding & Events Venue”. I know, most can’t spell it or even pronounce it, but it looks cool on the sign (and it does mean something). The name is derived from the original Gaelic version of our last name…Deegan. It is pronounced “O Doob ginn” (the “g” actually sounds a little like you’re combining a “j” and “sh”). I’m not really sure how you show it on paper. Anyway, we’re figuring that once people get to know us, they’ll probably just refer to us as “The Cottage”.
We are really excited about opening up. Our dream has always been to be able to offer a pretty place to be married or have other events that don’t break the bank.
Our vision first started about 20 or more years ago while we were still living in California. There were no pretty places to hold special events where you had the option to provide your own food and not have to hire a caterer, unless you had a friend or relative with property and they were gracious enough to let you use it. Nothing against caterers, they can be great, but my brother was a chef….why would I want to have someone else take care of the food when I had someone right in the family??
We are also hoping to take some of the stress off by not being too strick on the amount of time allowed to have access to the venue. We’ve put on a few weddings at our home and it can be pretty hard get everything set up in just a couple hours.
We lucked out when we were married. I went to school with a girl who’s father had purchased the very ranch that I had wanted to get married at since I was a little girl and he was kind enough to let us use it free of charge. Not everyone is this fortunate.
Well, we can’t offer it free of charge, (it has cost us a good amount to put this together, along with a lot of blood, sweat and tears) but we do hope to keep the price down in a range that is more comfortable.
Our venue will be strickly for outdoor events, but we have built a beautiful cottage with a large room for the bridal party to prepare for that special moment. It includes 4 private bathrooms for the guest, two men’s and two women’s. We have included a changing table in one of the women’s and one of the men’s bathrooms. In todays modern times, dad often has the honor of taking care of the little ones, so we want to make it easy on him too!
There is a 2250 sq.ft. courtyard for the reception that steps down onto a 160 ft long walkway that curves around beneath 5 extra large rose covered arbors, ending at a domed gazebo that sits in front of a pond.
Well, I’ll keep you updated on the opening. Hoping it will be soon!
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