Post # 1
I don’t want our wedding to be solely planned by me. FI has requested the following things at our wedding:
- Bounce house
- Sendoff by people shooting us with nerf guns (this is totally us)
- Popcorn machine.
Our wedding is an outdoor ceremony with a tent reception at his parents’ farm. I am fine with all of the things he requested, but can we pull them off without being “cheesy”? I would like to have a nice dinner with beautiful centerpieces and place settings. There will be plenty of food, booze, and dancing.
Our color scheme is a blue pallet. Any shade of blue is good with us.
Is there some sort of theme I could work to have FI’s requests and my fancier taste work together?
Post # 3
First of all, I think it’s really cool of you to let your FI have some things at y’alls wedding that you might not ordinarily want. I definitely think that a wedding should reflect both people’s personalities. I personally would love those kinds of things at a wedding…it would be a ton of fun! Plus I bet the pics would be priceless! Maybe you could do a carnival theme? If done properly, it can be both fun and sophisticated. It’s definitely worth a google 🙂
Post # 4
Your FI sounds like a fun loving guy! I think you could include some more traditional or elegant elements with your FI’s ideas- the outdoor setting will help make the blending easier.
Post # 5
My friend actually had a bouncehouse that you climbed to the top and slid down and landed in a pool of water. I thought it was crazy, but it a fun way. She and her husband actually went down it in their tux and dress! But that was them, so it was expected.
She still had a very classy turnout though. The actual wedding was very nice and casual, with flowers and ribbon and nice music. Then we all went around back where we had a casual bbq, had kegs of beer, and they danced on the pool deck. It was very nice – but I will say, not at all formal. I think as long as you give off the casual yet nice vibe through the whole night you will be great! It’s little things like your choice of flowers, for example, you may want to stay away from a lot of roses or orchids or calla lillies. Maybe carnations or sunflowers would be better! You can pull it off!!
Post # 6
Yes, you can combine fun and class!! We had lots of fun elements to our wedding – a “photo hut” with silly props, hula hoops during dinner (guests had to hula hoop to get us to kiss) and sparklers for our first dance. And I think it was pretty classy, too.
Posting a few pics (sorry if some of you bees have seen these a million times before – I feel like I’m posting them like crazy, but for different reasons!)… see the hula hoops on the sand between the tables?
Post # 7
I think you can mix fun and classy, but I agree that it won’t be “formal.” Some guests may criticize, but whatever, because that means there will be a shorter wait at the bounce house. I say go for it!
Post # 8
@Miss OBG: I agree – “class” and “formality” are two very different things!
Post # 9
Yes, you can definitely do fun & classy! But, as other PP have mentioned, “formal” might not be doable, in the sense that I doubt your bouncy thing would get used much if all your guests are in black tie attire, for example.
Here are some “theme” ideas that sort of have that vibe of funky and whimsy to get you started:
Mad Hatter Tea Party theme: http://bridalcookie.com/weddingtobe/mad-hatter-wedding-inspiration/
Cinco de Mayo (or Mexicana) theme: http://chartreuselove.blogspot.com/2010/05/cinco-de-mayo-wedding-ideas.html
Circus: http://postcardsandpretties.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html (scroll down to #89)
Summer Camp chic: http://www.snippetandink.com/real-wedding-brittany-michael.html
Post # 10
Thanks for your comments, ladies. We’re definitely not doing black tie. I just don’t want Fi’s dad’s motorcycle buddies to show up in jeans and leather.
I’m thinking about a garden party theme. Put out lawn games for people to play while we’re getting pictures taken. I do like the other themes that have been suggested.
Honestly, my biggest worry at this point is freaking port-a-potties. The farm house only has one bathroom. I am willing to spend the money to get the trailer type port-a-potties, but everyone is giving me grief about it. “They’re so expensive” and what not. I personally think port-a-potties are foul. I wouldn’t want to use them, and I don’t want my guests to suffer with them either. Apparently FFIL has a friend who is a port-a-pottie guy, but he doesn’t have the trailer bathrooms. UGH. I really feel like port-a-potties are going to ruin the whole event.
Post # 11
Of course! Just make sure that your decor is “whimsical” to match! I would maybe take the colors of the bounce house, popcorn machine, etc and incorporate them into your decor and centerpieces.
Like others said, it’s not going to be formal, but it can certainly we well done!
Post # 12
I love the idea of a bouncey house, especially if you’ll have kids at the wedding. And think of the cool photos you could get inside the house!
Post # 13
No NO no NO. No bounce houses at a wedding. You will have routy kids running all over the place. It’s NOT a playground, it’s a wedding. Plenty of other ways to be classy without turning your beautiful day into a school carnival.