- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
FI and I have been engaged for over a year and have been together for almost six years. We had been saving for a wedding during that time, but due to unfortunate circumstances (thanks a lot, economy!), the majority of our cash left the wedding fund and went straight to helping FI stay on his feet during a layoff. He has since recovered and we are back to pumping up the wedding fund. Then, it hit us… We’ve been doing this for a long time. We’re over (read: O-V-E-R) being engaged and would like to move on to the next phase of our life sooner rather than later. We have since scrapped the idea of a typical wedding. There is just no way we are willing to wait another year or two to save up what we had in order to have a wedding. I would like to walk down the aisle before I’m 30 and I don’t have much time left! We set a date for June 11th and decided we will continue to come up with whatever we can and make budget adjustments when needed. With that said, we are having an extremely low budget wedding…and, dare I say- I’m STOKED!
Did I mention I might be certifiably crazy? It’s true. Here are my thoughts..
Our location will be FREE (YAY!) as we will be using a fabulous park in my parents neighborhood. It’s beautiful, lined by a canal (I’m already envisioning lighting the walkway with candles…love it!) and is plenty big for both the wedding and reception. I am going to DIY everything. From invitations to the catering. We are inviting our families (which are quite large!) and a few close friends. This brings us to a guest list of 112 people. (Gasp!) That may not seem like much, but with the budget I’m working with…Most brides would laugh in my face! We have decided on a gourmet dessert reception with light appetizers and cocktails served during the cocktail “half” hour. (When I say cocktails- we are debating whether or not we will do actual cocktails or wine/beer. Still TBD!) Our wedding will most likely begin around 7:30pm, with the cocktail “half” hour following and the dessert reception to begin around 8:45 or so. The reception will end around 10:00ish due to noise violation laws after 10:00pm in my folks neighborhood. Short, sweet- but perfect!
As far as the catering goes, I happen to be a pretty fab baker! Let’s be real for a minute, though. Baking for an entire wedding…MY wedding, puts this into a whole other ball game. I want to do this because I love the idea of everything being so personal, I enjoy a challenge, I’m very organized (list makin’, triple checkin’ fool!) and I’m positive the desserts would please. My FMIL also happens to be a spectacular baker and I will be enlisting her help in this. This is what I am thinking of making so far…
Mini fruit tarts
Cream Cheese frosted brownies with berries on top
Chocolate dipped pretzels sticks
Peanut Butter, White chocolate cherry macadamia nut and Chocolate Chip mini cookies
Chocolate and White chocolate covered strawberries
Mini cupcakes (still deciding on flavors, but playing with some funky ideas to spice it up!)
This will all accompany our wedding cake (which is a gift from my FMIL’s friend!) Does this seem like too much? Or maybe even not enough? I’m also going to have a wonderful fruit spread, cubed cheese platter, cubed bread platter with bread dips and then of course the appetizers that will be served during the cocktail “half” hour. As far as drinks go, (Besides the alchohol) I’m thinking teas, coffees, and maybe some kind of flavored soda for the kids.
I’ve skimmed through several posts and have gathered several wonderful ideas, but none quite apply to my exact situation. I guess what I’m trying to figure out is… How much food should I plan to make? It seems the general consensus is allowing 4-5 mini desserts per person, then it’s just easy math from there. Considering the reception will barely be over an hour, do you think that amount is adequate? Also, the reception will be outside in the hot Texas summer. Any creative suggestions for keeping the desserts from melting? I’m hoping with the reception not beginning until sunset and the fact that it will only be a little over an hour long- I won’t have too much of a problem. Any suggestions for other sweets I should add on or replace? With a dessert reception, as informal as it is- would you suggest I still rent enough tables for everyone to have a home base of sorts or do you think it would be fine to rent half the amount of tables I would if I was having a sit down dinner, along with a few cocktail tables? Most of the items would be finger foods, so I imagine everyone mingling for the most part, but I would hate to skip it only to have several hot, bored guests who just want to drop there junk on a table and chill. What would you say based on your experience?
Now that I’ve word vommed all over your computer, I will take a step back until my next post. Thanks bees!!