Post # 1
Well we were going to have our wedding in our backyard, casual, intimate, fun..but the details have become overwhelming and as of late we’ve started to think that we might be better off (financially and mentally…haha) having it at a restaurant nearby. Our theme is rustic camping/fishing as we’re both very outdoors types. I’m struggling with whether I can convey the same theme I was going to accomplish at home in a restaurant. Has anyone had a rustic camping/outdoors themed wedding in a banquet hall or restaurant?
Post # 3
I have not but I wouldn’t say that it’s impossible. You may be able to find a very rustic or somewhat rustic space that will go with the theme just fine.
Post # 4
@MoopersMom: What about at a Park Pavilion?
Post # 5
I did a DIY backyard wedding so I definitely know what you’re going through. It’s a lot to plan! I think it’s harder to acchieve that kind of outdoorsy atmosphere in a restaurant, but it’s certainly possible. And would probably be a lot easier. If you have questions and the backyard option, feel free to PM me!
Post # 6
@MoopersMom: I think you could bring in rustic elements through your decor – think centerpieces, escort cards, bouquets, there’s a million ways to personalize your wedding.
Post # 7
Thanks for the input…we ended up deciding on the restaurant for our ceremony and reception. The issue we had run into about having everything at home was the cost of rentals and timing for set up…the restaurant is going to make life much easier. It’s a rustic “Northwoods Eatery” as they call themselves so it really lends to the rustic style that we’re going with. I’m so happy that things are going to work out and I won’t be tearing my hair out trying to make sure everything is done. Thanks so much!
Post # 8
@MoopersMom: I think you made the right choice. I know someone who rented an empty, large-space venue. It ended up that prices for rentals were a big chunk of the budget. Including gratuity and tax, food was 90+ per person, rentals (from tables to glases) was 60+ a person, with alcohol additional. They paid much more per person, when everything was added up, than if they went with a place where everything was included.