Anyone planned an outdoor reception…? (Moodboard attached)

posted 3 years ago in Reception
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  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Stormchild:  we had an outdoor wedding with a BBQ reception.  Ceremony and tables for 120 were under a wooden gazebo, the caterer’s grill was set up off to the side.  The kids played in the grassy areas when they got bored… It was perfect!  If it had been cooler, we would have brought in some radiant heaters, but that’s about it.

    Post # 4
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Stormchild:  I had an outdoor garden wedding at my in-laws home this September. We rented a sperry tent (which we needed because it rained a lot)! We received so many compliments on our wedding! We had music/dancing, a bonfire, and lawn games to entertain guests. I remember how few garden weddings were on the Bee when I first began planning, so let me know if you have any other questions!

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Stormchild:  Oh and parts of my in-laws lawn were slightly sloped as well. Either don’t put tables in that area or press the tables and chairs into the Earth to even them out 🙂 We ended up creating a little lounge in the sloped area.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar bee

    We’re doing a backyard wedding too!  We have a nice open area that will be perfect for a tent.  I love the idea of an open-air reception under the stars, but I know that we need the tent because there is no backup plan if it rains,  There’s no way we could fit 80 people in our house if it rained.  My centerpieces are made of paper flowers too, and that’s not a good mix with wet weather.  The reception, caterers, and dance floor will be outside.  We’re offering up the bathrooms in our house for guests, and we’ll likely put high cocktail tables in the ground floor so people can mingle indoors.  I think we’ll have some fun with decorating the tent.  I want to do lots of string lighting and maybe some fabric bunting to make it welcoming.

    Post # 10
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Stormchild:  Ok I pic-stitched some photos for you from our garden wedding 🙂 Just because other garden weddings excite me!

    Our first look in the front path & our ceremony at the side of the house just beyond the tent.

     

    Our “venue”. The front & back yards at night.

    Our escort cards, tables, food, games, and photobooth.

    Our sweetheart table & potted flowers in the backyard to dress up the “venue” 🙂

    Post # 11
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Stormchild:  You can sorta see the peaks of the sperry tent in the 2nd pic-stitch 🙂 Honestly, I wanted to have our wedding under the stars and hang dozens of lanterns in the giant Oak tree (and am so jealous of California garden weddings that barely ever have tents), but I am SO GLAD I was practical and went with a tent. The rain would have ruined our wedding without our tent!

    Post # 13
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Stormchild:  My MIL sprayed the property in advance to fend off bugs (we literally had zero bugs) and their house is on a river as well. If it is cold, you can purchase those tall outdoor gas or propane heaters while they are on sale during the “off” season or you can rent them. Our plan was to see what the weather was like during wedding week & add them to our rentals if need be. We didn’t need them though! We also bought a special log for the bonfire to reduce the smoke; this way, everything wouldn’t smell like a bonfire. We used luminaries along the river and near the sloped areas so guests didn’t trip in the dark. I’m trying to think of all the advice I can!!! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Stormchild:  it was there–we got married at a park by a river and it was a huge structure.  A tent would be just as nice!

     

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