(Closed) casual outdoor mountain wedding – what’s appropriate?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How about an upscale BBQ… steaks, cabobs, and chicken on the grill.  You could hire in a caterer who specializes in outdoor gilling on-site.  Everyone loves a BBQ!

Some caterers provide plates and utensils, and some don’t.  For a setting like this, you could just go out and buy a bunch of plastic plates from the store anyway, and that would be totally fine.  The manager of the venue should be able to give you names of caterers and rental places that they’ve worked with in the past.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just noticed your question about the music.  You should have something playing in the background, but you definitely don’t need a DJ.  Just do the boombox and iPod thing.  🙂

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Beautiful!!!  We had our caterer come and grill onsight.  We did chicken, tri-tip and then butternut squash ravioli with a killer ceasar salad.  Lots of complements on the food!  (We did have china, as our parents couldn’t really abide paper and we wanted to be eco-friendly).

We did have an ipod going with dancing under the stars, but people were running all over the mountain as well.  Everyone seemed to be very self-entertaining.

We had a rehearsal BBQ for all of our guests with simple burgers and hot dogs.  We just really wanted to make it into a weekend wedding, so we figured we’d gather everyone the night before.

We decided NOT to do welcome bags, as our guests were scattered to the 4 winds.

If you want to PM, I can share some of our mountain wedding photos with you 🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

wow your venue is AMAZING!!!! absolutely breathtaking!!!!! Can I ask what state that is? The upscale bbq idea that jenbrandner mentions would be perfect! There is a catering place in NJ that does that…but that is probably not near you. But they create the BBQ feel but in a tasteful way. I am sure you can find plenty of caterers in your area that can do that. That would fit perfectly with your place. You can even do a S’mores station by the fireplace!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your venue is beautiful.  We are getting married in the Cascade mountains and are doing BBQ (burgers, grilled portabellos and veggie burgers) and no music.  It’ll be fun.  The idea is to get people up and talking and playing with hula hoops and fun stuff.  Do what you want.  It will be a blast. 

PS There are a bunch of casual weddings like this at apracticalwedding.com

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Your venue is gorgeous! I think an upscale BBQ like jenbrandner suggested would be perfect. As for music, it’s nice to have, but not necessary, especially if you’re not planning on having dancing. You could plug in your ipod if you want. A rehearsal dinner might not be necessary since you’re keeping it simple (no bridal party, etc.), but would be a good time to thank the people that helped with the wedding. It would be nice to do something for the out-of-towners, like a brunch the next day if it’s in your budget. Even without these things, I think your guests will have a blast with the awesome view and food!

Post # 9
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Helper bee

omg that place is AWESOME!!!! im so jealous of you!!!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

wow. im super ridiculously jealous of this venue.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i’ve got lots of suggestions… as we’re having a similar affair.

Out of Town bags we are distributing the night before at a campfire/s’mores gathering because our guests will be staying everywhere.

our catering is going to be BBQ, as well. brats, veggie brats, 1/4 chicken, grilled summer vegetables, corn on the cob, summer spinach salad, corn bread, potato salad. our caterer is providing disposables and table linens, for a small additional fee.

we’re having a gathering the day after, we rented a cabin on a lake and it will be informal burgers and dogs and swimming. before we rented the cabin, however, we had planned on organizing a hiking trip to a local easy hike mountain.

centerpieces are super easy for us – mason jars with either wildflower bouquets (picked from local fields and my mom’s garden) or votives with birdseed to anchor them.

as far as DIY, find out how far in advance you can have access to the venue – that will make all the difference. we’re having a 1pm ceremony but will get the key to the reception site the night before and can set up then.

i love your venue btw, it’s amazing!

here is our wedding blog and wedsite – feel free to poke around for an idea or two.

rustic-country-folksy.blogspot.com

http://www.weddingwire.com/theschwartzes

congratulations!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

welcome to weddingbee!  i love your venue is so romantic and original. i think that you can plan your wedding however you and ur fi wants. i think the bbq idea is great. for music you can use an ipod. im having a simple wedding too and im not doing a rehearsal dinner or a brunch. everything will depend on what will make u and ur fi happy. here in weddingbee you can find a lot of ideas. looking around is how i had plan my whole wedding. 

i wish you luck!!

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

wow what a beautiful venue!!! I wish I could find something like that close to my home!!

I agree with the upscale BBQ idea though!!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i don’t anticipate the wildflower bouquets really being a headache.  we can pick a bunch the day before, grab a handful and secure them with twine or coordiating ribbon and pop them into mason jars with some water (and an aspirin).  change the water the next day and i’m certain they’ll be fine.  if you’re close to the area around your venue you could scout it out a couple weeks in advance for fields of wildflowers. you could also grow your own or, you could just buy the cheap bouquets from wal-mart, or what-have-you.  our bouquets are going to be dried lavender (which is pretty cheap on save-on-crafts.com) and we had initially planned on using those as table flowers too, but it’s cheaper to pick the wildflowers, and live flowers are a bit nicer too!

as far as the night before thing…  if you’re game people you can host a game night!  scrabble, uno and trivial pursuit and maybe some custom games like madlibs, crosswords and word searches.  oh! or maybe a scavenger hunt!

good luck!

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