Post # 1
When going into the wedding planning process we had a limited budget. The wedding we really wanted was an all inclusive event for 40 guests but we couldn’t do it (not due to budget.)
Now we have 120 people coming to the wedding!
We are having our cermony and reception in the same location. Guests will be sitting at their tables to watch the cermony. Their will be an aisle that goes through the tables to the alter.
After the ceremony and we are introduced, the reception will begin immediately. The bar will open and everyone will be able to eat after our first dance.
For dinner we are having barbeque catered.
I was very stressed about all the little details, table cloths, centerpieces, chair covers.. etc!! They are all so expensive and we CAN’T do all of them with our small budget and with everything X 120! Do these things really matter??
We decided to run with the barbeque theme since we can’t afford the expensive linens.. we bought some nice tablecloths from the party store… 3 ply with a inner lining of plastic. 8 white circles and 8 red circles. For the cake table we choose a red and white picnic cover.
In lieu of a DJ, we are renting a sound system to plug up to the computer.
Does it all sound nice???
I know it shouldn’t matter but I always worry what people may think, although it they don’t like it they can always leave!
Any other items to build on the barbeque theme? We were thinking about lazy suzens with chips and dips as centerpeices.
Post # 3
@Bridetobe101212: I think it all sounds good! Do what you can afford, not what you think will impress people. I think the most important thing is to have good food and good entertainment. Make sure you’ve got good dance-able music and lots to eat and you’ll be set!
Post # 4
BBQ sounds good to me! I like the chips and dip on the table idea too. Yum, edible centerpiece!
You could also do a BBQ themed signature cocktail – sweet tea infused vodka or a whiskey or bourbon lemonade would be yummy. Don’t worry about things like chair covers – no one remembers those as much as they remember how good the food was, how personal the ceremony was and how much fun they had on the dance floor!
Also – think about fun details you can DIY on the cheap. Design some wedding mad libs and print them out at Kinkos! Set up a DIY photobooth if you have a camera with a remote and a photo printer! I think to the extent that any little details matter, it’s fun ones like those, not whether your napkins match your bridesmaids dresses.
Enjoy! It sounds like your wedding will be great. 🙂
Post # 5
I think it could cute if it’s done well! Check target and ikea for their summer clearance stuff now, you could probably find some great deals. Tea lights in votives could class it up too. Gerber daisies would keep the theme too.
Post # 6
I think your guests will have fun. A BBQ wedding will be delicious and your table covers will work just fine. Don’t waste money on chair covers. Even for formal weddings they are often a waste of money.
If you want candleholders, you could get friends and family to save tin cans . Take a nail and a hammer and punch holes in them for a design or use a stencil.
You could also use pumpkins. You can spray paint them white then monogram them by printing out your initials on paper, then push thumbtacks through the letters, then peel off the paper.
Bandanas in traditional colors would also work with your colors.
You can cover a glass jar or vase with a bandana
or cut bandanas into quarters and use for favor bags if you are going to do favors. It is also a cute way to present individual desserts.
Post # 8
I really like the chips and dip idea for centerpieces.
Post # 9
I think this would be a really fun wedding! I love the idea of cans on tables, maybe some mason jars too. And maybe give out BBQ sauce as favors? I also like gerber dasies or sunflowers as centerpieces. They can both be very cheap and really brighten up the room. I wouldn’t do any chair covers either. Good luck!
Post # 10
I love the chips and dip centerpieces.
Post # 11
I think this sounds like a great idea, I did the exact same thing for our ceremony/reception where our guests sat at their tables during the ceremony. Good luck!
Post # 12
That all sounds great! I went to a wedding this summer where money was no object for either family but the bride and groom choose to have a BBQ and it was incredible! Everything was served familystyle fried chicken. Corn on the cob biscuits etc. instead of an expensive wedding cake they had a ton of different desserts cookies etc tO choose from. Babies breath as center pieces and an awesome play list on iTunes! Good luck 🙂