(Closed) I need advice on how to have an outdoor wedding on a budget – Santa Barbara area

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Honestly you seem to have gotten most of it in hand in terms of big details. Are you asking about decoration ideas or something else?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@cieritaqt:  Not at all. It’s buffet or family style! As for the plates and silverware, for an outdoor ceremony that you’re dealing with yourself, they make the most sense. Since they look real, it doesn’t seem like it would be tacky. On the other hand, if you’re really worried about it, have you thought about collecting mismatched place setting from thrift shops? That could set up a really cute look and have the bonus of not blowing away in the wind. However, the huge con is that you’d have to clean them afterwards. It comes down to what’s more important to y’all. 

I love the idea of a taco truck! Man that’s so awesome. Maybe there’s an Italian food truck? I’d ask if the potential caterer you found could send you more details about what a hotbox is. Are they like those pizza delivery warmers or need to be plugged in or anything? Are they only delivered in the hotboxes or also stay in there for the duration of the meal? 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I love the plans you’ve already made! I know what plastic plates you’re talking about and for a long long time we were planning on using them as well 🙂 

I love @HisMoon: idea to use mismatched flatwear found from thrift stores! Wish I’d thought of that myself 😛

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Awww, Santa Barbara! That’s where I met and fell in love with my fiance. 🙂 Congrats on your engagement.  

We, too, are having an outdoor wedding on a budget.  I love outdoor weddings!  I think you hardly need any decor because you have all of nature’s beauty around you already.  Maybe just some candles or stringing lights for the evening like in this picture.  Hope that helps.  Happy planning! I wish I could get married in SB 🙁

PS.  Love the taco truck idea! 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A little over 5months until our big day! We found a phenomenal deal for a hall with its own caterer in Torrance (yay SoCal!), so we’re lucky enough not to worry about that end of things. That being said, we’re giving up the dramatic outdoor setting.

Have you looked into other food trucks aside from that specific taco truck? Also, I know you want to do something different, which I totally get and respect, but honestly if they serve great food then I wouldn’t count them out yet. I’m willing to bet your guests would be more happy with yummy hot food then potentially cold. Just a thought. 🙂

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I got married in December 2012, and my wedding was outdoors as well. The advantage of an outdoors wedding is that you don’t need to decorate too much. Let nature do it’s job. My recommendation is to buy your own tablecloths/overlays, there are great websites with great deals out there! I also did most of the things for my wedding, everything is easy and cheap! I bought my own flowers, I bought the tablecloths and centerpieces, I did my own invitations and save-the-dates, I did the flower bouquetts and bottenieres, I did the table numbers. DIY, DIY, DIY!!!! I also did the flower girls’ head accessories, bracelets and flower baskets. I suggest going into Pinterest and learn how to do things by yourself.

 

 

Another tip: when altering your dress, go to Nordstrom if you have one near you, they are less expensive than David’s Bridal.

 

Also, when buying wedding stuff, try exploring other areas than WEDDING, they are super expensive!!!

 

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

A hot box is an insulated thing, like a cooler, only bigger and for hot not cold.  Ask the Italian place if they can take care of the pages and flatware. They might do it, among south the food. N Italian holds up well and should be fine from the hot box. Ask them if they use chafers to keep the food hot on site. I would go with them.   Think about lighting for outside too. 

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