(Closed) I'm afraid my reception will be tacky

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

That sounds amazing.  I’d have a great time! 😀

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Your vision sounds just like my wedding and everyone had a great time. We had it in our backyard, we had two tents plus seating outside the tents (and it worked out great- it did sprinkle throughout the day but not during our reception- still, it was worth it for the peace of mind!), we served BBQ, we had cupcakes plus a cake to cut, we did have a DJ and a dancefloor but he plugged in my ipod a couple of times when I requested songs he didn’t have, we had lawn games plus tables set up inside for people to play cribbage and relax in AC. It wasn’t traditional but it was a blast and the perfect way to celebrate our lives and our marriage. I say go for it 🙂

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Sounds like you’ve thought of everything.  I don’t think it’s tacky at all, it sounds like a fun time!  A cousin of mine had a wedding like this, they had a lot of things outside for the kids to do, jump ropes, kick ball, hoola hoops, and the kids came up with games themselves too.  There was horseshoes for the adults.  They had a dj, you could use the IPOD but have someone dedicated to keeping an eye on it to make sure there are no problems. 

There was about 100 people at the wedding, they had buffet, simple candles on the tables, tons of christmas lights on the ceiling of the tent for when it got dark.  The one thing I was suprised at was no spotapots, just the one bathroom, but that worked out just fine.  I thnk your wedding sounds fun and relaxing and those are the big things that make a wedding fun for guests.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

There’s lots to consider when planning something outside as well as at someone’s home.

You need to have a backup plan for bad weather. What if its freezing or raining? Tents can’t be rented and set up in an hour, and most have to be reserved well in advance. If the weather is cold, you’ll also need to rent space heaters (depending on how large the space is, so people aren’t uncomfortabe and want to leave early).

Unless you have connections, you’ll have to rent tables,chairs, barware,glassware,silverwware and dishes. How many bathrooms are in the house? How is parking? Does her area have any restrictions for parking and noise (or neighbors that might complain).

You’ll need lighting,tablecloths,napkins….and if catered, you’ll have that expense too. If you want dancing, can people dance in the dirt or grass or will you need to rent a dance floor as well?

I hate to sound discouraging, but we faced the same issues and realized by the time we rented everything we needed for 90 guests, it was much better to have it in a place where all that was provided.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

It sounds awesome 🙂 If we had better weather in the UK, and knew someone with land, this is likely the type of ‘feel’ we’d have gone for!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think it sounds great!  I would definitely get a tent though…and instead of torches, you could use bulb lights around the tent.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love it! Dont think it will be tacky at all!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think your reception sounds low key and relaxed, but not tacky at all!

PERSONALLY, I think it starts to tread into tacky territory if you use lots of cheapo plastic things to enhance some random theme (like an animal or something) so for instance if your theme was luau and you have plastic leis and hula girls on the table with inflatable palm trees in the corners, that seems tacky to me. Or, if you are low budget but trying to seem high budget by cutting corners in obvious ways, like having the $2k wedding dress, rented out a fancy ballroom, and arrange mountains of flowers, but only sodas/water and appetizers to eat and drink. That, to me, is tacky.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think it sounds like lots of fun! Not tacky at all. But I would definitely get a tent!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You may also have to rent bathrooms. 75 people is a lot for any home to handle.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

This doesn’t sound tacky at all!!  But I would beg that you get a tent.  First, if it’s super sunny, it will block out the sun for people who are sensitive to it – you can put half the tables under the tent and half out the tent.  If it rains, at least you have a tent!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We had 150 people with two restrooms. There was never a line and our plumbing was up to the challenge. My friends had a reception with about the same amount of people and used one portapotty ONLY since their reception was at a friend’s house and they didn’t want to cause any issues. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This sounds like a wonderful wedding to me.

I will agree that the price of the rentals can add up quickly, and I would definitely rent a tent. Even if it is beautiful and sunny, guests will probably want some shade.

Also, if there is a lot of space outside, maybe if the weather is nice you could also have some lawn games for the kids?

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It does not sound tacky at all!

My friend had an outdoor tent reception at her grandfather’s farm and it was awesome! She rented comfy furntiure, had a few tables, and several cocktail tables. The furniture was something like this:

In the middle of the tent was the dance floor and DJ area. They did kind of a cocktail reception with lots of different stations scattered around both outside and under the tent. They had a pasta station where you could pick out what you wanted and the chef made it right in front of you. It was definitely enough for dinner! The bar was also outside of the tent.

She had cornhole and some other games as well, and it was a huge hit. She also had a photo booth. Beautiful and everyone had a great time! The atmosphere was super relaxed and everyone mingled all night. They even put off a few fireworks at the end of the night.

 

I also love Gerbera daisies! They are so fun! And I love mason jars (even though they are over done I don’t care!). Mason jars are literally 12 for $10 at walmart for the big wide mouth jars. Gerbera daisies are also super easy to get inexpensively through whole sale florists and online places like costco. I just did a mock-up of my centerpieces and this is what I came up with (alternating candles and flowers between tables):

 

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