Post # 1
Here’s where we’re getting married. A sit down reception is not allowed, but they did ok hord derves, as long as they are “butlered”. I’m only really allowed to have chairs for the ceremony. We can’t have anything on the grass but chairs (no petals-silk or real. No aise runner), nothing can be put into the grass, and no candleabras/stands/podeums
It’s a beautiful place, and I think ,with the fruitwood chiavari chairs, it will be enough. It has TONS of benches already for seating. We’ll get a small area for drinks and cake, bit other then that-that’s it.
We going to be ok? Any ideas on decor that I could get? We’re reserving the whole park- so people will be looking at that gardens while the band plays.
Post # 3
It’s really beautiful as it is. Are you allowed to tie ribbons or flowers to the trees/bridge/etc? might be an idea.
Post # 4
You know, sometimes more isn’t always better, it’s just more…and I’ll be sitting at a wedding that is stuffed to the gills with things, and flowers and wall hangings and candels and sheperd’s hooks and I start to wonder just what the opening act will be….letting a venue speak for itself, naked as it were, is a statement enough and lend the attention to the couple, where it should be.
Post # 5
@Nona99: I know me and my fiance can see the event in our head-but my parents are NOT getting the vision.
Just sent the full payment for the venue so this is it! It’s going to be ok. I think I’m just getting nerves..
Post # 6
@MissFireFlower: It’s beautiful, I think adding anything to it would just junk it up, the owners of the venue are doing people a favor by keeping them from this mistake…give your parents some other project to freak out over, the venue situation is under control!
Post # 7
@MissFireFlower: I think it’s gorgeous as is. I got married on a large ship that has since been converted to a restaurant, docked on the river. I did NO DECOR! I figured it had such natural charm and elegance, why mess it up?
It’s also great if you’re looking to keep the budget low!
Post # 8
I think the place is gorgeous as-is. I’m not planning on extra decor for my outdoor wedding either. Your venue looking stunning without the extras.
Post # 9
What time is your wedding? How long are you expecting people to hang around?
I don’t have any concerns about the decor, it’s beautiful. But I do wonder what the plan is following the ceremony in terms of having drinks available, making it easy for people to handle both their personal items (any purses/jackets/cameras/programs/etc) plus their food and drinks. What’s the rain plan?
Post # 10
No rain plan- in may where we live it never rains in may. We get maybe 6 inches a year. If itgoes look like rain, I suppose we’ll rent a tent.
Should I include a card that says in a elequent way. ‘leave your stuff in your car’?
Post # 11
We are having our wedding in a gorgeous garden. No decor needed what-so-ever. Afterwards we are having a simple reception in a rather posh confernece center. Again, I see no need for decorations. In beautiful locales, none are necessary.
Post # 12
I think it’s perfect as is 🙂
Post # 13
oh wow … this place is breathtaking … I would be afraid anything added would mess up the overall beauty or distract from it. wow … i loooove this place!
Post # 14
@MissFireFlower: Okay, you don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to, but walk me through how the ceremony/reception is going to go. (If you posted this previously, I can go look – sorry!)
People will arrive and there will be chiavari chairs (gorgeous) set up in a traditional ceremony seating style. Ceremony will happen, all normal with the aisle and all that jazz. Then what? What’s the “dismissal” to signal for them to get up and mingle? Do they need to go to another area for the band, or is it right there? Will there be dancing? How long is the reception? Where’s the bar/what’s the drink plan?
I just really this people need a place to put down their stuff if you’re planning on them staying more than 45 minutes or so and giving them food & drink. I also wonder what time the reception is/how long it is. If you’re only doing apps (I can never spell hors d’ourves or whatever) I assume it isn’t at a meal time. I don’t know of a way you could tell them to leave stuff in the car…
I may be not understanding though, I’m sure there’s a way this works! That’s why I ask for what the sort of gameplan is.
Post # 15
@NAvery this is the “working” game plan, but if you ladies have ideas and thoughts please speak up! I’m trying to sort this out as I go.
We have the gardens from 11-3. Setup is from 11-11:30, guests start arriving at 11:30. ceremony takes place at around 11:40-11:45.
The chairs will be set up like this: (( )) with the string quartet in the center. They’ll stay their for the whole event playing.
We’re going to have heavy apps- 10-20 per person. It’s lunch time and people are going to be hungry! They will be butlered from 12-1:30. At 1:30 we’ll cut our small 2 person cake and serve cupcakes, have a first dance and bid everyone goodbye at 2ish.
what do you ladies think?
Post # 16
I did no decor at my garden ceremony. There was a permanent tent and chairs, but that’s it. The only thing I even a little wish I’d added was an altar/arch kind of thing to make a more obvious focal point when we weren’t in place, but that’s about it.
I think your plan sounds great!