(Closed) Can I start to panic now? Pizza and a keg for post-elope party. NO!

posted 6 years ago in Emotional
  • poll: Pizza Party in lieu of post elopement reception
    Yea, it's what he wants and you're getting the luxurious elopement you want : (9 votes)
    17 %
    Figure out a way to compromise, fun food like sliders and fries at a classier place : (38 votes)
    70 %
    No, this isn't a children's birthday part. Tell him to save it for the Superbowl. : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @UnionFlare:  How about instead of just outright telling him no, take his suggestion and work with it.

    Instead of a keg, maybe get a selection of bottled beers from a local brewery as well as wine.

    Instead of ordering pizza, maybe do a slightly more gormet backyard bbq feel. Have high quality burgers and chicken with a fun “toppings” bar with interesting things like avocado, goats cheese, etc.

    Show him you can have a fun/casual homecoming reception which is nice but doesn’t break the bank.

    Work with him rather than just treating him like a child and saying outright no.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KatNYC2011:  That’s an awesome idea!

    OP, I’m pretty sure that your friends will behave themselves even if there ARE kegs.  Yes, it might be a backyard party, but they aren’t going to do keg stands in front of your parents and families, have a little more faith in your buddies.

    Honestly, if we did things a little differently, I’d love to have a backyard pizza and beer party as a reception (with cocktails too, since I don’t do beer.)  I’d go and have a great time!

    Post # 5
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I wish we could have had a sort of fancy outdoor BBQ for our rehearsal dinner, but unfortunately our wedding is in February in Canada lol.

    I like KatNYC2011‘s ideas! 

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @KatNYC2011:  LOVE that idea.

    I think pizza at a really beautiful Italian restaurant with wine and beer would be super tasteful and fun. You can even see if they will make the pizza in to heartshapes for you. Bring little centerpieces and play romantic standards. It’s not a keg, but it will save you tons!

    Post # 8
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    1855 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KatNYC2011:  ditto.  

    You could have mini gourmet pizzas of different types (think gourmet bagel bites), too, so your then-DH would get his pizza.  I agree with the keg bit though; SO and I have agreed on kegs at our wedding, but that’s b/c we’re okay with the possibility of the keg stand.  I’ve seen it happen at weddings (the MOB!) before.

    Post # 9
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    8738 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @UnionFlare:  Also, if you hire a bartender you COULD feasibly have a keg or kegs behind the bar. I do think beer tastes better on tap. We had a keg from a local brewery at our wedding and it was nice to have good quality beer on tap (plus the keg was behind the bar and only operated by the bartender so no matter how drunk people got there was no chance of a keg-stand).

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I like the idea of jazzing up the backyard party he wants with nice decorations, and upgrade the food a little.  As previously selected, perhaps do bottled beer instead, and other drinks in nice dispensers. For pizza, grilled pizza is easy and delicious.  You could do fun apps of tater tots, mac/cheese, soup shooters, mini milkshakes, and other comfort foods.  Doing single serving and garnish can do alot to “class it up”.  I can absolutely understand your point of view, and I think there is absolutely room to compromise.  Good luck!

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was in kind of the same predicament. My fiance is used to laid back, pot luck weddings, and I’m used to fancier affairs. I do like the idea of a backyard wedding, but I really had my heart set on no paper plates (please, don’t be offended if you’re using paper plates, we all have different visions).
    We compromised: we’re doing a “classy BBQ”. Laid back food (like beef brisket and roasted sweet potatoes) that’s laid out in a fancy way on antique platters, and served on china.

    FWIW, we are having a keg, because it’s cheaper and draft beer just tastes better. We’re gonna do a microbrew that’s easily accessible to people of all tastes like a Brooklyn lager or pendant ale. It will be behind the bar, served by a bartender, in glass cups. We’re also having red & white wine, and 2 signature drinks.

    So, my opinion, it can be done in a way that makes you both happy 🙂

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Hmm…we had lots of win and a keg at our wedding. People got a little tipsy, but no one was doing keg stands. I love the ideas PP suggested, but if your Fiance really wants a keg I wouldn’t let it start a fight. It is way cheaper than bottles of beer. 

     

    ETA: I meant to say that we had lots of wine but I’m cocky enough to say our wedding had lots of win as well 😛

    Post # 14
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    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Gotta remember… it’s HIS wedding too….

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We had a pizza and beer rehearsal dinner. It was awesome. Why not get fancy pizzas instead of Papa John’s or Dominos? Plus, kegs work for a backyard celebration. You could add wine and a special drink or two. Have fun with it. I went to a nice backyard one anniversary party that had kegs, simple finger foods, and a band.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I haven’t really ready many of the responses, but here is my two cents. 

    Personally I love the idea, your Fiance is on to something. 

    My cousin had her wedding reception a pizza and keg sit down dinner. IT WAS AWESOME. 

    They had like a bartender so there was beer and wine, no other liqour, and then the pizza was all set up buffett style with other bits of food and salads, and it was buffett and sit down dinner. 

    I would much MUCH MUCH rather have pizza then rubber chicken at 80 bucks a plate. 

    I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s not. Just becuase it is pizza, doesn’t mean it has to be sloppy. Have a keg but more of a bar setup, and decorate the plaze and have the pizza nicely set up so it is casual food in an elegant setting. That would be a compromise. 

    And it is wayy more budget friendly, and I bet you your guests would like it more. 

    I FIGGEN LOVED IT. 

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