Post # 1
So, my husband and I got married May 22 in Michigan! It was absolutely wonderful. He’s from California though (I’m from Michigan), so when we sent out our invitations, we invited the CA family to come to a casual barbecue reception in CA on June 26. That day is quickly approaching and we have nothing planned, except a location (a pretty park).
We don’t want to do the typical wedding reception things (throwing the bouquet, dancing, toasts, etc.) because we already did all of that at our real reception…
Any ideas for what we can “do” at our CA reception? It’s scheduled from 12-4, and we just kind of thought people could drop in, look at some pictures, eat lunch (we’re doing a baked potato bar, salads, a cake), hang out… But now that sounds really lame. We want it to be fun!
Any advice is welcome! We’re kind of on a tight budget and expecting about 50 people.
Thanks for your help!
Post # 3
Maybe you could have some fun lawn games going too, like horseshoes etc.
Post # 4
Oh, and that picture was from Green Wedding Shoes. You could also have a cute backdrop for pictures.
Post # 5
I love the baked potato bar idea!
We are doing something similar. We are having our wedding and dinner for about 14 close friends/family. We are then having a bbq party a few weeks after for all our friends. We just can’t afford a big wedding, and even if we could, I want something mroe intimate for the actual wedding.
I am doing a thumprint tree at the bbq. I am going to have a giant tree drawing and ask people to thumbprint it and sign it. Later, I’ll have it framed. If you look it up on etsy you will see what I mean.
Otherwise, we aren’t doing anything fancy. Just grilled food, (probably burgers and chicken) salads, and maybe a sheet cake or one “wedding” element. It is going to be uber-casual.
Post # 6
We are doing the same thing. We’re having a casual “reception” a month and a half after our wedding where my fiance’s family and hometown friends live since most of them won’t be attending the wedding. We are planning to have a barbecue, lawn games, music and a big bonfire so everyone can make s’mores (one of our favorite things to do at home so we thought we would incorporate it into the party.) It won’t be fancy, but it will just be a good chance for everybody to get together, see our pictures and have fun.
Post # 7
Have a couple of photo books from your ceremony. Have lawn games and try to do some decorative projects to make it really festive and to give it the wedding detail vibe. Consider getting a polaroid camera and have a photo area with fun props, and a book for guests to paste their photo and write a message for you and your DH.