(Closed) Ceremony/Reception – Tent Style @ Our Home

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just be prepared for weather!  My friend had a BEAUTIFUL wedding outside.  She had a tent over part of it – but the food, cakes, dance floor and band werent covered – and guess what?  It POURED.  If she wouldve had it all tented, then things wouldve been fine.  Unfortunately a lot of the guests left early.

Good luck!  I always wanted my outside – but the logistics werent there!

Post # 5
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11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

congrats on your recent engagement and welcome to the hive.

i love tent weddings.  i’ve been to some wonderful ones.  don’t forget the portable potties.

good luck and have fun planning.

Post # 6
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9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Sounds like fun to me!  When I planned my first wedding we considered a backyard wedding.  We ended up scrapping it because we were able to book a local restaurant for about half the price rentals were going to cost us.  Make sure you price out chairs, linens, tables, plates, utensils, glasses, etc…  We were shocked by some of the prices.

This time around mt FH and I rented a beach house and we are going to rent barebones basics and use cheap disposable linens, serveware, glasses, and utensils.  Luckily, there is enough room in the house that we can move the party inside if it’s raining.  If anybody has the audacity to complain I will give them the stinkeye until they walk away.  What ever happened to the casual, backyard wedding reception a la the father’s ideal wedding in Father of the Bride?  When my parents got married they had the ceremony at the local church and a cake/punch reception in the basement.  Now everyone has to have $100+ plated dinners or we’re considered cheap.  I consider it being smart with money and wanting a casual, intimate party with my closest friends and family.

Post # 7
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2023 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@redness82:  Good!  I dont think youll have a problem then!  I just felt so bad for my friend… but then again, i couldnt believe that she didnt have a backup plan given the chance of rain.

Post # 9
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Welcome to the bee!!

I think your ideas sound beautiful and really fun!!

One thing you might want to think about is renting a dance floor, so the ladies’ heels don’t dig into the grass. We’re having an outdoor wedding, and we are renting one for $200 I think. If it’s out of your budget then don’t worry about it but let all the women know to wear wedges or flats so they don’t get their heels stuck! 

A couple other things to think about for your outdoor wedding – at least things we’ve talked about or purchased!:

-Bug spray and sunscreen. Houston has lots of mosquitoes, and if it’s really sunny on our wedding day we don’t want everyone to get sunburned.

-Bottled water or something refreshing if it’s hot out. I dunno what September is like in MN…?

-You might want to use a microphone during the ceremony. A lot of outdoor weddings (and even indoor weddings) have enough noise going on that it’s hard to hear during the ceremony, and that sucks for the guests. 

-Bathrooms – do you have enough bathrooms in your house or should you rent Port-a-potties?

Good luck planning! πŸ™‚

 

Post # 11
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@redness82:  It sounds like you’ve already thought out a lot of the details so you’re going to be fine! I found a good-smelling bugspray that comes in single packets to put in our out-of-town bags, you might be able to buy a big container of it for your guests or just order some of the packets: http://lafreshgroup.com/all-natural-biodegradable-insect-repellent-6ct.html

It might be tricky to find invitation wording that cautions women about what shoes to wear…I’ve just been telling our guests by word-of-mouth. That seems to be working πŸ™‚ You could also buy some cheap pairs of flip-flops from Old Navy just in case, or maybe that’s a little overboard haha. I get hung up in the details.

Yard games are a great idea! I bought an old croquet set off of eBay, and a 10-game set from a sports store that includes bocce ball and badminton. I thought of them as a good investment – hopefully Mr. Wallaby and I will have picnics and keep using them after the wedding πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
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529 posts
Busy bee

We are considering going the same route but it will end up being just as expensive if not more than a traditional at a hotel type reception. Don’t forget to get walls and heating or cooling devices for the tent. If it is windy and rainy you will still get soaked if you don’t have walls! Congrats and happy planning! 

Post # 14
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344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hello from a Sept tent bride!

Yes, seconding the bug spray, or, Tiki torches or something to keep the bugs away.  There also might be something you can spray the yard with ahead of time for bugs (hopefully something holistic?)

Also… tent lighting if any of the reception is after dark!  I purchased cafe lights for my tent wedding reception, more for decoration than lighting.  Well, thank goodness I did because they and the few candles I got were the only lights!  It should have occurred to me that we would need “real” lighting, but it didn’t – I wish the event rental people or the caterer walked me through that.

I’ve also heard not to mow your grass too close to the event, but your tent people will probably tell you that.

Congrats and have fun!!!!!

Post # 16
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529 posts
Busy bee

@redness82:  Nice! I am glad you can have more people, I don’t think we would have been able too but for some silly reason I can’t bring myself to not do real china and that adds a ton-you are smart to save there! Also, I didn’t want to have to clean anything up and we don’t have anyone to delegate the clean up to, you might want to add that to your list of things to e remember if you haven’t already! I’m sure it is going to be a great wedding πŸ™‚

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