- 5 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
First post so please be nice!
I’m trying to think of a general timeline for our big day. We haven’t set a date or a venue yet, but once we have the general timeline sorted then we can figure out what we want venue-wise.
We don’t want to spend a lot of money and so we’re looking at ways of saving, plus we want things to be as homemade and DIY as possible. One of the ways is by using my stepfather, who is a chef and has catered for weddings before. We have a reasonable sized backyard and kitchen and together with the inside space I think we could fit in about 80 people.
We think we want to have the ceremony maybe in the mid-afternoon at one of the outdoor venues here in the Blue Mountains, where we live. We’d have the photos there too. Then we’d return to our place for food cooked by my stepfather, and as much alcohol as we can throw at them.
But then there’s the issue of the guests standing around at the ceremony venue while we’re having our photos done, which I hate. I think it would be weird them going to our place for an hour or so without us and waiting there, wouldn’t it? So I think while we’re having photos we’d have some canapes or maybe even sandwiches at the ceremony venue, along with champagne etc for the guests (these would be provided by the venues, all of which have catering packages, which would also let my stepfather relax for at least some of the day).
One of the venues quotes $15 a head for canapes, so plus limited alcohol and venue hire say for 3 hours I’m guesstimating 2-3 grand. Which is OK, but maybe we want to reduce that by having fewer guests at the ceremony and more at the party. I think that’s doable because we’ve got about 40 family/close friends who we’d like at the ceremony, then we could add work people etc for the party only.
Then I’m starting to think, if we have a smaller reception then a bigger party, what would we do where? I’m thinking speeches and cake cutting would be a bit difficult to do at a backyard because people would be standing up or all in different places, so we’d do them at the first reception. But if people are standing around with finger food, at the ceremony venue, how would that work? They’d really have to be sitting down, wouldn’t they? But then how could you do a sit-down thing with canapes or sandwiches?
Anyone got any ideas?