- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
So there has been much talk between me and my FI about just how we are going to do this darn wedding thing. We both agreed we wanted small, friendly, informal and relaxed. Because that is the type of people we are. We also have two young kids so we didn’t want anything to complicated
I have looked at the Gosford Japanese Gardens for the ceremony, and then have the reception at Lizottes who have awesome food. The reception would of been $75 a head. FI and I butted heads about costs when I put this idea on the table.
So I turned my efforts to looking in Newcastle instead, there are so many function centres on the harbour. I found one I love which is expensive (their claim to fame is a member of Silverchair was married there, its very art nouveau and gorgeous.) I found another one which is a stock standard function centre with a huge balcony right on the water, they came in at $85 a head (including everything from drinks to linens and centre pieces) for a friday night.
Againwe butted head on costs. I was trying to find a recepton at around $3000 and it seemed no matter what I did I couldnt get it under $4500 – $5000. I trimmed the guest list considerably and contacted a local bowling club thats on the lake, and I was astounded when they were alot more expensive then the other function centres. I nearly died in fact, $105 per head no drinks or any other extras.
I threw my hands up in dismay. At the same time my FI and I were having some issues. He was feeling pressured by finances and also feeling like our sex life has dead (as I have posted about previously).
So now we have come out of the other side of that, we are talking about (with alot of excitement) having a simple backyard reception. Although I’m not sure how simple it will be. lol.
We have been wanting to fix up our backyard, and I rent off my parents so they have also been looking at doing work on it as well. It has a wooden retaining wall which needs to be replaced. So we are talking about replacing it with stone wall, making the entertainment area larger and wacking in a wood fire oven. Then for the wedding having a small gathering of around 40 people in a marquee in the back yard, and having a wood fire pizza and salad bar night.
Lots of positives and negatives to this. But as we see it we are spending sll that money on something that we will be able to enjoy after the wedding is over. Guests will be able to stay as late as they like. The kids will be able to sleep in their own beds and have the run of the yard.
Do you think you would enjoy going to a design your own pizza wedding party? Or do you think this is a totally crazy idea?