Post # 1
i am newly engaged and am starting to plan my bbq wedding for next year. we are planning to have it october 2010 at lake taghkanic state park. they have two locations that we can use – a rec hall or a pavilion. the rec hall can fit 50 people (it is indoors with a fire place and tables, but not room for much else) and the pavilion can fit 75 (it is outdoors, with a cover). we will most likely go with the pavilion since it can fit more people (and we are expecting a little more than 60) and there are picnic tables and grills all around it. we are diying most of it. we are designating a few people to work the grills so that there is a constant flow of food, we are doing a cupcake tower instead of a cake, we are bringing the sides (different salads, veggies, etc.) has anyone had a reception in a ny state park in october? any ideas, suggestions? are there things that you would have changed to make things easier? did you have a problem with the weather being colder? we plan to have it around 1/1:30 (the ceremony and the reception are in the same location) so the sun (hopefully) will be shining and it shouldn’t be that cold. i really appreciate any advice that you may have.
Post # 3
Does the pavillion have lots of windows? I’d just be nervous with the weather in case the winter decides to set in early…I hate the cold! I just couldn’t imagine being freezing in my wedding dress 🙁
We originally wanted to have an outdoor wedding, but were fortunate enough to find a venue that has a TON of floor to ceiling windows so we get the best of both worlds (protection from rain/heat, and lovely outdoor views!)
Post # 4
My husband and I are actually planning a bbq wedding reception/ renewal of the vows in a ny state park ourselves.
Ours will be at the end of September….so we’re hoping for good weather as well lol
We just started planning, so we don’t even know which park we’ll choose….
We were thinking of renting those stand-up heaters in case it’s a little colder outside?!
You may provide blankets to the guests as well….
What do you guys do about music/dancing?
Do you have a DJ? Do you need to rent a dance floor?
Post # 5
my wedding is in less than two weeks, in fl, will probably be in the 60’s and i’m still terrified that it will be too cold! everything is outside for us and i just don’t want to freeze and make my guests freeze, but we just didn’t anticipate such cold weather and too late now! anyway, as a guest i would prefer indoors if i was in ny in oct. because i’m not a fan of cold, but if you have to be outside i would def. get some heaters. would you be able to bring in some fire pits or something? we did that for my engagement party and had people making s’mores.
Post # 6
Is this the park in Copake Falls with the awesome swimming hole (aka old granite quarry)? If so then I know the pavillions you’re talking about — I don’t know that it’ll be too cold, I mean this year was warm right? People will know it is outdoors when you say “State Park” so hopefully they will bring jackets or some such just in case. I’m not sure how much those stand-up heaters cost to rent but it might be worth looking into. The only thing I’d be concerned about is if you have older relatives who might be more sensitive to the cold than the majority of your guests, Grandma, etc.
Post # 7
I think arnie’s idea of looking into stand up heaters is good. Sounds like a good time!
Post # 8
I would also suggest the stand up heaters, rent like a few just in case. It will be worth it if its cold! Also blankets is a great idea, you can get blankets for super cheap at IKEA like this one http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00070489 (I think they come in white too). For that cheap of a price it could seriously be your favor!