(Closed) Out Door Picnik “Classy/Traditional” Wedding……can it be done?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1833 posts
Buzzing bee

There are many parks that have beautiful gazebos to rent for fairly cheap but you could easily dress them up with some tulle and candles. Our local park back home has a beautiful band stand and rose gardens that you can rent for the weekend for only $200, with the right decorations no one would ever know you didn’t spend a million bucks. It would be outdoor and can be as classy as you decide to make it.

something you will have to consider is weather you would want traditional seating and if you would have to rent chairs, as that would add to the cost with a park as they will likely not have them. 

If you are going for classy and have a local performing arts college look for a small little jazz ensemble. A few college kids can come and play some amazing swing numbers and have your guests dancing for not very much money at all, if your guests like jazz and swing it will seem way classier than a DJ, but that is my opinion. 

Picnic and classy can certainly go together. figure out what is important to both of you, set a budget and stick to it. 

Post # 4
1562 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would stay away from any picnic theme colors – like red and white checkered tablecloths.  Go with neutral, sophisticated colors, long tables, long and low centerpieces (which will be cheaper too – bonus!) and then worry about food.  Chivari chairs are a budget buster and not really a picnic feel – try the white wooden folding chairs – most places I checked are about half the cost of chivari.  For food, go with high class BBQ – for me, that would be marinated and grilled steak and chicken breasts, grilled veggies, etc.  It might even be cheaper than regular catering!

Is your reception extending into the evening?  If so, what about a dance floor with strings of light bulbs (not christmas lights, but the regular size bulbs) strung across the top?  That would be really cool!

Post # 6
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@ohyesitslizz:  First of all, my Fiance would LOVE to get married at Kirkpatrick! He went to Mason Gross at Rutgers, and sang in the choir and in the chapel many many times. It’s a little far from us now, and doesn’t fit in with all of our other wedding plans though (getting married in the church he grew up in)

Try checking into parks around the campus? If you want, I could ask my Fiance if he knows anywhere that would be a good picnic place in that area. Feel fre to PM me! 🙂

Post # 7
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I don’t know if this fits with your style, but I kind of tinkered for about 5 minutes with doing a 1920’s-style picnic reception with a mix of quilts on the ground and quilts as tablecloths.  Lots of fresh pastels in the florals, citrus fruit and picnic baskets as centerpieces, mason jars or vintage glassware with a mix of floral and candles, and a jazz band.  Lots of lace and chiffon or organza and plenty of hooch (it was the 20’s, right?)  Fried chicken and the traditional fixings (sides, if you prefer ;-)), an assortment of serve yourself beverages by the gallon (lemonade, iced tea, and maybe an alcoholic option), and a more old fashioned style cake with basketweave frosting and floral decor.  I’d probably skip the candy buffet and instead do an assortment of petit fours, brownies, cookies, and pies.  In the 20’s, parties like this were quite popular and people dressed really nicely for them, men would wear seersucker suits or dark suits with boater hats, women would were dainty garden party dresses, hats, and gloves.  We are lucky enough to live near the coast, so there are some parks with water views–is that an option for you (parks on a lake, pond, stream, creek, other)?  You could do the same idea on a farm or a big backyard.

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