Post # 1
so i’ve been debating yet another wedding idea altogether…both my family and FH’s family are soo laid back that I’ve been finding it hard lately to see them and a formal wedding style mesh together in harmony….my heart would love the formal sit-down dinner but my heart also wants a wedding that reflects me and FH and our family as well since we are both very big on family….that being said, i’ve gone thru several ideas to try and find a balance between what i want and what would be more realistic for us and our family….i’ve thought of doing a campground wedding or wedding in the woods, or doing just a regular backyard wedding, or a picnic style wedding at a park….each has its pros and cons, which, for the sake of trying not to make this too long, i can elaborate more if anyone needs me to, just ask…
the latest idea is one that i’m just sooo on the fence about….there is a local park with a lake in our hometown area that rents out for all types of events. its called Capps Picnic Park. when my dad used to work for the healthcare system, we would go to the hospital picnics they would have here. FH and my senior high school class picnic was held here. i’ve also attending a few summer birthday parties here as well….its a private area, not opened to the public when rented out. there’s a huge deck area with a building that has the bathrooms and a big room with 2 ping pong tables and a pool table…there’s a mini golf course, and water balloon fight area, rock climbing wall, basketball, horseshoes, volleyball, an area in the lake for swimming plus paddle boats and canoes that can be used by the guests…..the food is bbq style and is served buffet style……all sounds fun right?
the reason i’m on the fence is cuz maybe its just me, but it seems toooo relaxed for a wedding, but then on the other hand when imagining both our families there with all the kids and everything, it seems like a good idea, everyone’s guaranteed a good time…and i’ve seen the place before with a tent over the deck area and lights hanging and whatnot, so it could be spruced up a bit to feel more like a reception feel instead of a summer picnic….and i would maybe change our date, probly to 7-8-12 or 7-9-12 (i’m pretty sure they rent on sundays also) since 7-9-10 was the day FH proposed to me, so that it’d be more summer time instead of fall….and they also do rainchecks as well tho i know that is an inconvenience for out of town guests but i’m just mentioning it because it is an option they give you….one other con is that i believe if you don’t have a certain number of ppl they reserve the right to hold more than one event at one time, so you could potentially be sharing the place with another party, but i’m not entirely sure about this because i haven’t called them yet to discuss it….
i don’t know, is it one of those things that i shouldn’t consider for the simple fact that i’m on the fence about it?? i definitely wouldn’t want to regret it later on but i also could see us doing it and being happy we choose the venue because our families had a great time….
here is the website tho they don’t have many pictures….
Post # 3
We had a simple little reception after our wedding, just cake, punch and light refreshments. Then we had a huge casual pig roast the next day. I have attended several receptions like what you just described and everyone seemed to like them!
Post # 4
@bluespurrs: i feel like thats what my family likes, pig roast style parties…maybe i’m just thinking too much into this…lol
Post # 5
I think you should do what feels right to you. As long as your guests are well fed and taken care of I see nothing wrong with having a more laid back wedding and reception. The point of a wedding isn’t supposed to be getting all fancy and tons of nice decorations – it is to celebrate two people and the love they share. If the wedding you described reflects who you are then that’s all that matters. I bet people will have a lot of fun!
Post # 6
@PitBulLover: you know, thats a good point…. i believe that too and never really sat down and applied it to myself… hmmm..
growing up i would always tell my mom i didnt want to get married. that weddings seemed like a big waste of money…..i’ve been to 3 weddings in the last year and they were all very nice and a lot of fun, and i could see FH and I being the bride and groom at those weddings and all this time I thought it was the direction I wanted to take…but like i said in my original post, i couldn’t picture our families and that style of wedding meshing together….but you are absolutely right, it is a celebration of two people and the love they share…..and i think having the picnic style wedding is very reflective of us and our family….thanks for your opinion and advice!! helps me a lot 🙂
Post # 7
I really like the idea of a barbeque/picnic style wedding! I also like your idea because the venue space has good memories for you and your fiance! An idea to maybe dress the place up a little bit is to rent an event tent. Tents can be designed to look very nice and your guests could still enjoy the park and lake.
Post # 8
Wow that location looks fun. If you and your FH like it, then everyone else will enjoy it to. You should go with something you feel comfortable with. With the right decor any space can feel “wedding-y”
Post # 9
I have to tell you, my brother and his wife are the same way. They are both laid back with laid back families and they are also both really shy. They didn’t want to be the center of attention all day due to that (kinda hard at your own wedding!) so they had the ceremony at the hotel we all stayed at in PA. Then, the entire wedding went over to Knoebel’s Amusement Park in PA. and we had the reception bbq lunch in a pavilion and then everyone got wristband for the amusement park for the day! It was so awesome and so unique – the whole bridal party went on a roller coaster with my bro and his wife in their gown/tux up front and the photog took pics from the back of the cart in front of them -it’s awesome!! It was the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to.