Post # 1
Hi bees! So me and my FI have started to plan for our June 2014 wedding. We are both young and in college with very little financial help, so we are looking to do it CHEAP but hopefully still nice We found a park we want to use for the ceremony, and a small activity center for the reception.
Here are some pics of both sites
It has very big open space and is right next to a pretty river.
The activity center:
I know it doesn’t look like much but it has big windows and a kitchen and a projection screen and I think I can decorate it and get round tables and it will be fine 🙂 plus its DIRT cheap haha
My only real concern is that there won’t be enough room at the activity center for many wedding activities, like the first dance or bouquet toss..it’ pretty small. We are only planning on 75ish guests, but the room is kind of narrow and small..there is also a second room attached and a small outside area for overflow and extra seats, but I don’t want people to miss out seeing anything.
I’m wondering what you guys think about doing most of the activities at the park? We’re already doing basically all the photos there before the ceremony. I was picturing having the ceremony, then the first dance and mother/son father/daughter dances, then the bouquet toss, THEN move to the reception site for food and cake? And basically only using the reception site after all the fun stuff, just to greet people and play our wedding video while they eat…Do you think that people will get confused or annoyed having to wait a while to go to the reception site? I’m also worried they might just leave after the ceremony if we do all activities there..
My FI suggested we just do the whole entire thing at the park, and just reserve the activity center for our back up rain plan. We could use the bandshell at the park for the food and everything, but I just feel like the activity center would be nicer for decorations and to be out of the sun..I don’t know I’m just confused!
Sorry if I rambled..Any advice??
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Honestly, I am with your fiance on this one. Just do the whole thing outside, and use the center as a rain plan.
The park is so pretty, I wouldn’t want to have to go inside.
Start your ceremony later in the day (late afternoon) so sun and heat aren’t prohibitive. And have your DJ and/or MC guide the event along so that your guests know whats happening when.
If you do the whole thing outside, you won’t need a ton of decorations!