Post # 1
I am hoping someone out there can give me some good advice. I am having a small wedding (30 people) at a historic mansion here in Nashville. The wedding starts at 5 and we will be done and out by 6. What do we do for a reception and where should be do it? My finace’s parents have offered to host it but their house is about 20 miles away from venue and I am not sure how I would handle food as everyone would be at the venue.
Should I stick with the cheaper choice with his folks or try to pull off something small close to the wedding venue? The wedding venue is not an option by the way.
Any help is appreciated!
Post # 3
Try your options.
Drive from the venue to your parents’ house, and time it. Decide if your guests would be comfortable with it. Many will be. I’m orignally from a city just south of Nashville, and I once had to drive 30 minutes to get to a reception. It was a little lame, but so much fun when we got there. If you can have more of the reception you want at your parents’, then do it.
If not, there are loooots of places around Nashville. Think about any restaurants with party rooms or lounges, Cheekwood or the Frist. Any chance your venue would let you set up for a reception outside?
Hope it helps! Mind if I ask at which historic mansion you are getting married ?
Post # 4
If you go with a restaurant option, many restaurants can do a set menu with a couple of choices of appetizer, entree, etc. and let you pick the beverages served. That gives you a bit of control over the costs.
If you do something at your husband’s parent’s house, consider hiring a caterer to take care of the food while everyone’s at the ceremony.
Post # 5
Thanks for the suggestions. I am getting married at the Belmont Mansion and then the guests would have to drive to Lavergne. Not really that bad so I might just do it at his parent’s house. I think you are right I would be able to do more.
On the flip side- I have NO idea what is around Belmont that would work. I would like a small room or something there because it would be more convienant.
Anyway- thanks for the driving the course suggestion too! That is a great idea.
Post # 6
OK- I am embarrased to admit a caterer never occured to me. OK – that is a great suggestion- just would need someone there to let them in. I think I can manage that.
I will check restaruants and see.. someone suggested reserving the room and everyone going dutch (reasoning – these are truly my closest family and friends) but it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I will price out some places in the area.
I am going to go on the faith that the right choice will present itself. Worked on my dress – bought the first one I tried on! (yes- I tried others as well but the first one was the winner by far)
Thanks for the help!
Post # 7
Glad I could help! I think you’re right that the best choice will make itself known. Your wedding in-the-making sounds lovely.