Post # 1
My husband 🙂 and I were married last month in a private ceremony and we have planned a small family dinner at a restaurant in 2 weeks. Now that it’s approaching, I’m freaking out that I don’t have enough to keep people entertained. We did not want to have an actual “reception” since we are very low-key so it’s mainly just good food, drinks, and family company. We will also be visible by the rest of the restaurant so I don’t want it to be awkward if we do too much. The restaurant is located on a dairy farm so there are animals, a garden, and outdoor scenery as well. The restaurant also has simple rustic centerpieces, fresh flowers, and linens, so I haven’t done much decor other than ordering chalkboard table numbers. We are giving out the restaurant’s homeade cheese as a “favor.” Is there something I’m not thinking of to make it more wedding-ish since we are not having dancing, a cake, etc. We are bringing pictures and a small guestbook to pass around. I just don’t want there to be awkward silence during the meal since the meal is the main part. Any thoughts? I’m sure i’m just freaking since it’s coming up and you see all these other ideas everyone else has and you start to wonder…..
Post # 3
I don’t think you have to worry! I’m sure that your family won’t just eat and run and will want to linger since it’s your celebration dinner.
You mentioned not having a cake. It might be a nice touch to have that addition to the celebration dinner.
A champagne toast? However, a country restaurant may not have that, but you could ask to see if you can bring in your own bottles for a corkage fee. Have the restaurant provide the glasses. Maybe there is someone you’d like to ask to give a toast for you guys.
I think the photos and small guest book are a nice touch. How about instead (or in addition to) the guest book, get some cute notecards and have each guest write a special message on it that you will read at your one year anniversary (or whichever anniversary in the future). Then they place the notecards/well wishes in a decorative box or jar that you pass around the table.
Perhaps you can get nice photos outside prior to the meal – the place sounds lovely. Outdoor photos in natural light are better than indoor photos with a flash.
Post # 4
Bring some great quotes of your favorite heroes, writers who write funny comments about marriage, such as:
Basically my wife was immature. I’d be at home in the bath and she’d come in and sink my boats.
Read more athttp://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_marriage.html#Vl6DBMmHVLrqWAfW.99
Write them on pretty note cards and give one to each guest. Just before dessert, have people take turns to read them (not everyone of course, but about a dozen people). You can also find witty poems and limericks on line.
Lise of My Beloved Wed and Art
Post # 5
I doubt you’ll have an issue with people thinking it is boring. Big dinners are usually quite fun. If you are concerned about it, maybe make some placecards and do assigned seating where you think folks would have the best chance at good conversation.