Post # 1
Hi, you guys! On August 16th this year my fiancé and I are FINALLY getting married after 6 years of dating and 2 years of engagement. Some don’t seem to like what we have in mind but it’s our wedding and the opinions of naysayers don’t matter.
On August 16 we will be going early that morning to the local courthouse to be married by justice of the peace. My mother and father as well as his mother will be going to witness. Everyone will know so it’s not going to be elopement. Afterwards were gonna take a few pics and head out to Tenessee for our honeymoon and leave 5 days later.
When we come back were going to wait a week and have a marriage celebration with friends and family at a giant picnic shelter and pier beside a lake. All of our decor will be rustic and DIY. My fiancé is going to wear khaki pants and a dressed up shirt and I’m going to wear a very casual long white chiffon dress or maxi dress. We’re gonna have food, drinks, a mini wedding cake and fishing rods for everyone to fish in the lake. Were gonna take lots of pics and just try to make the best of it.
We don’t have enough money for a huge wedding and our other route would’ve only let us invite about 20 ppl and we would’ve had to make a lot of ppl angry. One of my was going to be bridesmaids joined the military also and my was going to be maid of honor just had a baby, we had no one to be a ring bearer and part of my family was being too overbearing with trying to push very costly things on me (even insisting that my mother and his disabled mother contribute $10,000 each to the wedding). It’s a lot less stressful the way we’re doing it and will cost much less. That’s why we’re doing it this way.
So I’d like some ideas to make this a super fun afternoon at the celebration to really make it feel like a fun wedding centered party. Do you think doing a first dance at the celebration would be silly? Any game ideas?
Also would it be strange to have a bridal shower before we get married? We have been living together for 5 months as well. What do you think?
Post # 2
I guess I won’t really be any help with your questions, I’m not sure of the answers, but I love your ideas, it sounds like a lot of fun 🙂
Post # 3
First off, congrats on your upcoming nuptals! It sounds like it will be a lovely wedding already!
How many kids will be at the wedding? Maybe the games can be geared towards kids, and adults get a kick out of watching kids play. Do the adults like to play cards or drink? (or are you even allow to drink there?)
I’ve also found this on pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/paisleypetals/wedding-picnic-lawn-games/
Depending the type of games and how formal/casual you want your wedding to be, you may want to make sure guests are dressed comfortably. Good luck!
Post # 4
This is a great idea! I know a few people who have done this & I’ll probably end up doing something similiar myself. I remember reading an article recently that said getting married at the courthouse then having a celebration is becoming a bit more common.
Now onto a few of your questions, I don’t think it’s silly to have a first dance. I think it’s beautiful, you & your new husband sharing your first dance in the middle of such a simply beautiful natural setting. The bridal shower, well you are getting married so you are a bride but it seems like some people around you may disagree since it’s not the “fancy wedding” they approve of. What ever you decide to do just make sure you have supportive people around you & stand firm & proud on your decision. Hope you have a great time in everything & I’m sure it will all be beautiful 🙂
Post # 5
Thanks so much everyone! I would love to have everyone have a light summery drink but the problem is, his family is very very against drinking and my family is quite the opposite. I believe I’m going to leave it out just because of them. I think having kid games would be wonderful, it would keep them busy and having fun!:) I’m glad the first dance idea isn’t silly either, we plan on doing that. Thanks so much you guys!<3
Btw, I’d love to tag you all, but I have no ideas how to because I just made my account lol.