- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2000
We have a gorgeous buildinig right on the lake that is rustic but classy, and my FI and I both LOVE it. Plus, it’s a steal to rent, since it’s a state park building. $125 for the entire day. It holds 100 people but that is when it’s set up just for eating, and not leaving any room for food, cake, dancing, etc… It has three large doors, one on each end and one on the front/lake side of the building. Inside are beautiful picnic tables with really thick, varnished wood that are so nice we’re forgoing linens. They are 8 feet long and hold 8 people to a table. I think there are 13 or 14 in the building.
FI’s family is huge, and we’ve limited it to mainly his aunts and uncles on both sides, plus the cousins we see regularly, and are including all children who still live at home. On my side I invited three close friends, my dad and step mom’s parents, sibs and kids living at home, my mom and her brother and SIL. That brings us to 95, and my mom just told me that I “have” to invite her half-sister and her kids (another 6 people). That puts us at our max, with most of the guests invited planning to attend. (Probably less than 10% decline the invite).
I WANT everyone to be there, but I have NO idea how to arrange the building so that we can have dancing, room for food/cake/cards and be comfortable with that large a guest list. If the weather is nice, then the after-dinner part of the reception will move outside to the huge manicured lawn. But if it rains, I have no idea what to do. I’m already thinking about putting a tent off the right side door to have the food buffet set up, so there is more room in the main building. I just don’t know how else to accomodate everyone, without having to do a LOT of arranging of those heavy tables between dinner and dancing. The only thing I can think to do if it rains and our guest list remains this big is moving the reception to a large party tent, and just have the ceremony in the building. I’d hate to do that though.
Any suggestions? Is it rude to have to move tables after eating? And I don’t know what we would do with them, other than shove them aside.
I want to cut the guest list, not add to it, but I agree with my mom that they probably should be invited. To others it seems selfish of me to invite friends over family, but I don’t have a lot of friends and work really hard to keep the relationships going now that I’ve moved. [attachment=355533,45181]