Post # 1
I need some help figuring this out ladies! Have any of you been in the same position?
I am re- planning my wedding due to some financial difficulties that happened this year. We lost our venue and all the deposites we paid into services. We have decided to have an outdoor wedding in the spring now.
Our original plan was to have our ceremony, cocktail hour for geusts during our photo’s and reception with a plated dinner all at the same venue ( the London Delta Armouries) I had my whole wedding planned and finished and it was just about paying off the final costs when my fiance lost his job. So now I am planning a complete DIY wedding.
I am having a ceremony in one location on the docks overlooking a man made lake where my parents were married, followed by a cocktail reception at Fanshawe Conservation Area here in london but on the other side of town.
I am making my own food for the wedding (planning on Hour’ devours) doing my own set up and tear down, and having some wine made for the event.
The issue is that I can set up the center pieces (DIY of course) the sound system, bring the pre-made food in and put it in the fride on site, set out candles, etc and string the lighting in the ceiling in with the help of my mother and MOH in the morning before we beuatify ourselfves for the ceremony at 6:00pm, but the food needs to be taken out of the fridege and set out into a buffet, candles lit, lights pluged in, and wine and champaghne placed in ice bickets and chilled just before geust arrive to the reception.
So this is where I freak out! I don’t wants geusts getting to the reception (wich is in a rustic-style fully enclosed pavillion) and it is not fully set up yet, ie: no wine chilled, no food out, no lighting lit)
So how do I keep my geusts buzzy for long enough for me to make to to the reception site before them to finnish setting up? After that I can relax and take some pics with my hubbie while ppl get comfortable and have a drink and some good eats. Then we can make our entrance and have our first dance.
Please help me out with some ideas on what I can do with my geust in between the ceremony and reception….
Post # 3
Get the bridesmaids and groomsmans dates to do it 🙂 Most of the time they are kind of helping with things anyways since they are standing with the wedding party. Ask them too. I bet they would be willing to rush there and take care of it before your guests arrive.
Post # 4
make a little booklet of things to do in the area?
and i def agree with the post above, ask the wedding party for help im sure they will be more than willing.
Post # 5
Thanks for the tip, I wish I could do that…. Im not really having bridesmaids and groomsmen because it a really intimate wedding like 26 ppl including the groom and I. 🙁 I was thinking about sending everybody on a mini poker run where the ceremony is the frist stop and they get the final card at the reception and midway have them stop in at a bar and have the bartender have thier cards for them and a drink on the house. But then I started thinking it sould get pretty complicateed and ppl might not get to reception on time or be too early! ughhh! Then I thought maybee having instructions in the program for geusts to go to a certaian bar and have a private room reserved for them with a cash bar. I only need to keep them buzzy for like 1hr to 1 1/2 hrs. What do you think? I want to also give ppl to opourtunity to gragb a bite to eat because Im not serving a sit down meal at the reception, just fancy hour’ dvours, and It’s an evening wedding and reception. Sp frustrated… any more ideas?
Post # 6
With the cost savings of not having a catered reception, can you afford to hire someone to help with that? I had hors dourves from a grocery store and needed someone to set them out, replenish trays, keep things tidy, etc. I couldn’t ask my friends because I wanted them to hire the reception. So, I went the “friend of a friend” route and hired three recent college grads. One was my friend’s cousin and she brought her FI and also a friend. I paid them each $75. It didn’t break my budget and they were thankful to have extra $$$ in their pockets.
Post # 7
What about outdoor games like croquet, horseshoes, or cornhole for the guests to play during the in between time?
Post # 8
I was going to say croquet too. Frisbee golf? I would make sure that you had enough to eat. You can always ask your aunt or other family to make potatoe salad ect. Bc i went to a cocktail reception which was fabulous except I was soooo hungry. Not enough food but plenty of wine so I didnt mind as much. The cake was really good too.