posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1188 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

How many guests?  How long do you have to prepare?

If you’re on a low budget, I’d stick to the basics: tables and chairs for everyone, food & drinks (not alcoholic if you can’t afford it), maybe some nice flower centerpieces?  I wouldn’t go crazy if you have a low budget.  

Post # 4
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would keep it very intimate and very chill. You dont want it to be overbearing on  his dad. Perhaps keep it down to cake (local groceries are great for this in a rush) and a simple dinner. You can get wonderful hanging baskets and such this time of year for cheap since its after mothers day. Perhaps this is a great option. It all depends on you but if you are going to have a larger vow renewal later then I would just keep this sweet and to the point

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d do a little outdoor thing, that way you don’t really need to even decorate use the natural landscaping/trees. You can hang lanters or anything in the trees to give it the decorated look. And sprinkle flower petals for an aisle runner, or even just sprinkle petals on the ground around where you and your fiance will stand. You could also get one of those arches to stand under, those usually look nice outside.
The upside to a small intimate ceremony is that you can just pick a beautiful little outdoor location that doesn’t need any decorations. If it has to be indoors, that seems a bit trickier, decorating would depend on what the area youre working with looks like.


Post # 6
9114 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I wouldn’t even worry about decorating. Feed people, keep them watered and call it a day.

Post # 9
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

I’m so sorry about your dad.

I think flowers in a house can go so far. Candles.

What about this?



This could be easy:






Post # 11
11270 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@RobandLil0107:  i wouldn’t worry too much about decor.  maybe rent some white table cloths, some flowers and tealights might be nice too.  i’m not sure what time the wedding will be at but maybe just finger foods.  assorted meats, cheeses and buns are easy.  veggies and fruit trays.  assorted desserts or maybe just have a small wedding cake.


Post # 12
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@RobandLil0107:  If the weather is nice I would definitely do it outside near the ponds! Since you only have a week to prepare you might have trouble finding chair rentals on such short notice so I would suggest heading to your local thrift shop, hit up some garage sales or scour the homes of family and friends! I love the look of mis-matched chairs as it gives an outdoor ceremony a vintage vibe.

Have you decided if you want the dinner/reception to be more formal or something casual like a barbeque? 

Post # 14
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

For food: My wedding had 60 people and we still managed to do all the food ourself. I designated a few people to do the cooking and it was amazing, out of all the weddings my friends and family had been to around that time they said my food was the best.
We served
Salad and fruit platters for a “cocktail hour”
Chicken Parm
A Chicken/rice dish
Rolls (butter packets were on the side to go with them)

Basically if you do a pasta it’s super cheap and makes a bunch, and rolls are cheap as well.
Chicken parm isn’t too pricey either if you want to give a meaty main course. & to avoid the dilemma and complication of side veggies, we did salad, it seems like an italian thing to do and people were pleased!

For beverages, we had coolers filled with soda and water bottles, and made it BYOB (I know everyone frowns upon it, but that way people had what alcohol they liked and we didnt foot the budget there)

Post # 15
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@RobandLil0107:  I think a barbeque is definitely going to be the easiest on your wallet versus hiring a caterer or preparing a formal dinner! And of course there are ways you can arrange everything to appear more formal than just your run-of-the-mill barbeque. 






And as you can see in the background they just decorated with scatered flowers and candles but it all ties together and it feels more like a wedding dinner. 


Post # 16
404 posts
Helper bee

Barbecue is cool, as long as you have the weather for it. If not, can you buy “platters” of finger foods from a super store or something?

Also, I’d get a different dress. And make basic decorations from paper, buy some flowers, make it clean and pretty. Everyone will know you’re doing this in a rush, and I’m sure they’ll be okay with whatever you manage, and will possibly be willing to help out.

Good luck, I hope it all works out okay.

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