- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I should preface all this by saying, I’m a wedding planner by trade. Now as I am planning my own wedding on a shoestring budget and with very little time to do so, I am second guessing myself at every turn… redesigning my invites 3 times (they haven’t gone out yet), switching the date, changing the bridesmaid’s dresses 3 times (before anyone purchased anything) AND most recently changing my wedding venue to accomidate an “after party.”
My original concept was to have a camping wedding at a state park that would end with an overnight camp with the closest of friends and family around the campfire having a few laughs… then I found out that no one I cared about could make that work for health reasons or traveling too far to take camping gear etc. AND the park locks the gates at 9pm so no one else could just hangout for a while around the campfire until they felt like leaving. The wedding was going to cost everyone $5 for parking and the reception in the day use area would have to be over by 6:30 PM which irked me most of all. I really had my heart set on something late into the evening.
My parents made an offer to pitch in money they don’t have to help upgrade to a better venue, I countered with a request to use thier home instead for an “after party.” They agreed and I made a switch to a state park much closer to thier home with free parking.
I want to do a “jam” around 9PM where everyone is encouraged to bring thier instruments (that have one) because there are so many musicians and singers in BOTH our families. Late night snacks, wine, and beer and maybe a few board games. We’ll invite everyone but obviously, not al our wedding guests will opt to attend.
So am I crazy? I just don’t know how well this idea will be received and I keep second-guessing myself on everything. Do I need validation or a reality check?