Post # 1
I’m planning my budget DIY wedding for next summer and trying to decide on some details. We will be renting a pavillion on the water in RI, we have it from 12pm-10pm.
We can serve alcohol (but can’t sell it) as long a we get a day liquor license. We were thinking we’ll have a few different wines, beers, and pre mixed drinks and guests can help themselves. Any idea on how many different kinds of each would be good? And which popular mixed drinks to offer?
Decorations- I’ve attached a picture of the pavilion. Any ideas on what I can add? I think it’s beautiful alone and doesn’t need much but want to add something. I will be renting tables and chairs so everyone doesn’t have to sit at backless picnic benches all night.
Also, considering doing some of the food myself (with help of course). Thinking cold appetizers (cheese, crackers, fruit….caprese kabobs, shrimp cocktail..) and desserts. Do you think this is doable? Planning on hiring a day of coordinator Do evening can run more ssmooth with less worry
Thanks in advance! 🙂
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
I think your coordinator would be able to help with how many drinks per person.
On the decor, it would HIGHLY depend on your budget, style that you are going for (elegant, rustic, victorian, cafe, etc.).
If that is all open though, being on the water, you might want to get some stand heaters for night.
Amazing ceilings though, I can just picture draping and chandeliers from that or along the edges, or lighting up the posts. Endless possibilities..you just have to pick your style (and/or theme), colors, budget, etc..then go from there.
Post # 3
Thanks for the response!
Sorry didn’t mean howany drinks per person, but how many different types should I offer? (Ex 3 different wines, 3 different beers, 3 different mixed drinks?)
Low budget, very diy. Considering making some lanterns, maybe lights around the posts but would love other ideas. Something simple. Theme is more rustic (pastels, wood, burlap, lace). I’m very simple and don’t like anything to fancy our glamorous 🙂
Here’s a picture I found of a wedding there. They went VERY simple but the place does speak for itself. I do want to do more than this, though (sorry if this is your picture and you would like itremoved please let me know!)
Post # 4
Kerrierou: If it’s an evening affair, I would stick with lighting.
I would swag globe or cafe lights if you can fit them in your budget, mini lights if not.
If you choose to go with mini lights, stock up when they are on sale just before and after Christmas.
If you want globe or cafe lights, watch the ads on http://www.adhuntr.com to fins some that another bride is selling after her wedding.
If you can find a great deal, I would hang a lantern in each section of the exterior wall. If you can’t use real cdles, LED candles look great in hanging lanterns. You can choose the style of lantern you like best:
kerosene style from Amazon
If you have the budget, you could rent battery operated chandeliers and hang one from each of those black metal lights. Those lights are also the perfect place to swag string lights.
Post # 5
Google image hula hoop chandeliers. There are a million different ways to make them. I’ve seen them done with ribbons, flowers, lights, bottles, glow sticks, silverware. Almost anything. I tried to add a pic of one but it wouldn’t let me for some reason. I also like adding ribbon or lace strips to mini lights. You could hang them instead of using them as the aisle decorations. Love your venue, btw!
Post # 6
Thank you! Love the lights with lace/dollies, wouldn’t have thought of that!
Post # 7
Thanks you for the reply! Like the idea of swag lights, will definitely stock up after Christmas!
Post # 8
Kerrierou: Do you mind sharing where this Pavilion is and how much it was to rent it? (it looks beautiful!!) I have a friend with a very limited budget for their wedding and they’re thinking about just not even having one. I’m looking for low-budget ideas in RI. I’m thinking if I can gather some ideas maybe she’ll see it’s possible to do a wedding for $3000 (their budget). Thanks in advance! -Karen