- 6 years ago
Hi everyone! I’m not engaged just yet but SO and I have talked about it pretty extensively and he’s let me know that he’s waiting to ask until I finish my undergrad. That leaves me at about 2 more months before he puts the ring on my finger 🙂 And I know I’m planning a little early as we probably won’t get married until September of 2013 (so we can take advantage of the beautiful fall foliage and weather), but who am I kidding, I’ve been planning this since I was a little girl!
Anyway, I’ve always dreamed of (and my SO has suggested a few times) having a small (maybe 20-person) outdoor wedding in a beautiful arboretum in my/SO’s hometown and then having a picnic reception there as well. The arboretum is open for weddings, has some really beautiful small venue areas, and the rental fee is only $100, so it seems like the perfect deal. Only problem: there is no alcohol of any kind allowed in the arboretum.
I know alcohol isn’t a necessary component at a reception, but both of our families enjoy drinking and I love the idea of having some locally-brewed beers and a few bottles of sparkling wine at our reception.
Right now I was thinking that what we might do is have a morning wedding and a casual fall luncheon after – just put together a few picnic baskets with fresh apple cider, apples, some sandwiches from our local gourmet deli, and cinnamon donuts from the cider mill in lieu of a cake. Then we could skip the alcohol and it wouldn’t be so noticeable. Still, some apple-cider beer, a champagne toast, or a signature pumpkin cocktail or something would be so much fun!
So here’s my dilemma: do I keep planning for the outdoor celebration at the venue I’ve always wanted to marry at and forgo an important part of the reception, or do I break my budget (my second choice is $5000 to rent!), plan for a different venue, and factor the booze back in?!
Sorry, I know this is getting kind of long – I just don’t have anyone else to vent to and this seemed like the perfect place 🙂