- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I’m just not feeling the whole “decorate” thing, or 1st dance thing, or any garter/bouquet tossing and so forth when it comes to the reception and I’ll tell you what I’m thinking here…
Wedding is in another state. We have to haul ourselves plus 3 kids and my brother from Texas to Iowa at the start of Spring Break (we’re full time students as well).. once we get to Iowa we’re going to need to finalize things that we just cannot do from here and get settled. We’ll be arriving on a Saturday evening, wedding will be Thursday afternoon and we will still have to consider/deal with cake, my bouquet, hearing some live music in person to finalize music selections, (people with no website offerings), possibly need to find a cleaners and have things pressed, etc. Oh and not to mention shuttling some out of town guests from the airport that’s 2.5 hours away to the place we are actually marrying!
Our guest list is 49 people and we are expecting maybe a max of 30 to actually show up. Probably more like 20. Forty were show up and I’d faint dead away in shock. So, we’re planning to go from the ceremony (small church) to a very nice restaurant in town with a party room that holds 55 people and just have a nice dinner, maybe some wine or champagne, and cake.
I guess I am wondering if this is “enough” for a reception? We will have some favors for guests, the room is supposed to be private and soundproof so maybe some background music via the Ipod… and hope to just chill and enjoy everyone’s company without the usual reception stuff, including decorating. I am feeling overwhelmed as it is in planning everything else already from over 1000 miles away, and I don’t want to spend on rental stuff, and I am not lugging an extra suitcase up there either!
Would you be bothered by a reception that is so low key and lacking in decorations and all the usual dances and so forth? I can see a toast or two and some low key cake celebration but that’s really all I was thinking.
The room in the restaurant is nice, I kind of feel like that’s sufficient, but wanted others’ thoughts. Dinner will include a choice of 3 entrees, the place is very very popular in this town and highly recommended for food and service, there will be limited alcohol and cake, as I said.
I am thinking that since it’s not exactly an empty banquet hall and they’ll have tablecloths and all that already, do I really need to worry about centerpieces or flowers or whatever? My budget is pretty exact as it is and there’s not much room at this point for stretching.
Is there something elegant and low key I might want to consider doing but I possible haven’t considered? Not implying that the other things are “not elegant” at all! Just not our style. Will the guests be bored to tears?