(Closed) Beach clambake reception?

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2805 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It sounds wonderful! It might not be as low cost as you think though, seafood is expensive. Although I am sure you can cut costs in other areas.

Post # 4
415 posts
Helper bee

As long as there are bathrooms and the picnic area has a roof overhead in case of weather, you should be good.

As far as drinks, my suggestion would be to get a keg or a cooler filled with assorted beer, and definitely some bottles of inexpensive wine.

Post # 5
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I love this!

Post # 6
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

cm0529:  That sounds SO fun.  Could you do a bonfire at night?  Could be really fun if friends brought their accoustic gautars to jam around the fire.

Post # 7
8825 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

cm0529:  This sounds great. I wouldn’t even call it unconventional. There are all kinds of weddings and all kinds of receptions. Four Course Plated In Hotel Ballroom, Potluck Buffet At VFW Hall, and Clambake At The Beach are all acceptable as long as your guests know what to expect so they can plan and dress accordingly.

Post # 8
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We strongly considered this option.  When I got engaged, I had a backyard clambake already planned in my mind.  We live near the beach and love barefoot summer days.  The catering prices were super reasonable, but every other little thing we needed to do to execute the clambake was really expensive and logistically difficult.  

The additional costs included a tent for the caterer, extra staff for bussing, tent for guests, rentals or sturdy disposables/leafware (the clambake caterer provided paper/plastic, but I find it really difficult to eat lobster without something more substantial), licensed/insured bartender, event insurance, restroom trailer, coordinator (I didn’t see how I could set up/tear down while hosting and I didn’t want to enlist guests).  I was also concerned about accessiblity for disabled guests. 

That said, we went to a lovely non-traditional, informal beach wedding this summer.  The couple made no mention of gifts and knowing them well it seemed more appropriate to give them a basket of homemade goodies vs. the $300 check we write for a more traditional wedding.  From the looks of it, there were a lot of simple homemade gifts or gifts of talent (flower arrangements from personal gardens, photography, sailcloth “guestbook”, etc) This is something to keep in mind if you’re expecting cash gifts.  Theses very personal touches were priceless and so much more meaningful than money, but some couples do count on wedding gifts to set up at home/downpayment/honeymoon.  I was super happy to put my feet in the ocean, felt so much love on that beach but I did forgo the food being pregnant and with BBQ/salads being served where we were so far from commercial refrigeration.  

Definite plusses and minuses.  You won’t go wrong if you have the beach wedding, it just takes a bit of logistical work. 

Post # 9
275 posts
Helper bee

I’m also available to come that day. Sounds delicious. 

Post # 10
47188 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


cm0529:  I think the key for me would be that you live in an area where it is still warm enough to be at the beach at the end of September.

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