Does this sound like a great idea or a horrible one destined to go wrong?

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: Good idea?
    Yes : (41 votes)
    93 %
    No : (3 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    3342 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @freshflowers:  I think this sounds nice! You can always over-buy the burger/brauts and have someone ready to run tot he nearby store for buns if you run out. But with an RSVP count, you’ll do fine.

    We do these kinds of parties, but then, we have a freezer in the basement where the extra stash of burger/brauts are stored.

    Post # 4
    169 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @freshflowers:  I think that sounds like a blast!! A relaxed and fun time with all who are important to you! The only concern I would have would be that you should make sure everyone knows what your plan is – don’t want anyone feeling “cheated” if they come such a long way for a BBQ.  If it was my family or I we would be thrilled but my FI family is a little less laid back so I would just make sure they understood the plan. 

    Ultimately, anyone should be happy for whatever is planned because they are there to celebrate with you! If that is your style then they should love it because it represents you well. Also, it gives them a chance to be involved when they otherwise wouldn’t get to share in the moment with you. 

    Post # 5
    8847 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @freshflowers: We had a welcome BBQ dinner the night before our wedding that sounds similar to this, and it was great.  My only advice would be to make sure you have people who will do things like set food out, grill the burgers, etc.  You do NOT want to be grilling burgers yourself on your wedding night!  Partly because you deserve to just relax, but mainly because everyone and their mother wants to talk to you and you can’t be a good host if you’re grilling and working all night.

    Post # 6
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    Can your toilet handle that many people? Haha. I had a friend who did that and ran in to some plumbing issues! 

    Post # 7
    395 posts
    Helper bee


    Post # 9
    395 posts
    Helper bee

    Some places do rent special wedding ones that are a little more classy. As classy as a toilet can be haha

    Post # 10
    15 posts
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I love the idea! It sounds really great. As long as you figure out the bathroom issue, you´ll be fine Wink

    Post # 11
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    They have some really lovely, large porta potties on trailers.. they have multiple stalls, sometimes air conditioning/lights and sinks and are quite fancy, but they do cost a pretty penny.


    Post # 12
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Sounds adorable and fun 🙂 The only issue I could see is if someone doesn’t know it’s a backyard BBQ and shows up in a super formal dress/suit. So as long as everyone knows, and you have an extra potty, then I say go for it without any reservations!

    Post # 13
    6048 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Start time?  If it gets dark and you have just one back porch light people either go in the house or leave.  We have white Christmas lights (on sale after Christmas) strung up all over our back yard.  We also have some citronella torches out there so the bugs stay away. 

    I love the wedding porta potty idea 😀 

    Post # 14
    1266 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I think this sounds great!  It’s the total opposite of what I’m doing (I love planning fancy events), but I would definitely enjoy this style of wedding.  The most important thing is that the celebration fits the couple. 

    Second a PP that says you should get someone else to man the grill.

    If you literally do a google search for “fancy portable restrooms” there are a ton of options.  I used to do competitive horseback riding, and the Hampton Classic has the NICEST porta potties. They were seriously just as nice as real bathrooms.  Don’t know where you’re located, but this is the company that provides them:

    Post # 15
    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Sounds good to me, as long as you keep it casual backyard cookout style. I started with this idea, then decided I wanted more formalities, etc. Eventually it evolved into a full reception and we needed to rent a tented space, lol. 

    However, if you truly keep it backyard cookout style it could be a lot of fun! Have you ever hosted something like that in your yard?

    Logistically, I would do daytime, like 1-2pm start time. If it runs into evening thats fine, there will already be less people. You could maybe do a campfire and smores for those around in the evening. People coming and going will help with the parking some, but you could talk to your neighbors and see if they would be willing to help with some driveway space, etc. I would rent a porta potty, they usually run a thousand or so for the nice ones, I did a little research. 

    My biggest fear was weather, depending on the size, tents aren’t bad to rent. If you have a big enouhg house for everyone to chill inside in bad weather, I wouldn’t spend the money on a tent. 

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