- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
This is my first post as a soon to be bride! We got engaged last year in december as high school sweethearts. So he is my bestfriend. Theres already been alot of searching for a venue to start. We are on a tight budget of about 4500(Our own money). But I am very creative and believe that God will make your wedding more beautiful than you could ever imagine as long as you remember that its about the marriage and not the wedding…But to be real you still worry bout every detail and want it to be perfect of course 🙂 Our budget may change but we do not come from wealthy families. Actually we are more stable then most of the family and have doen very well ourselves considering. Both my parents have passed. Soooo long story short. We will be getting married in the church. Tradtionally, Godly, and of course little to nothing for cost except additional things we add. So that part is easy…
The reception is where i need some adive. Considering we are on a tight budget that limits us…But the main reason we have choose a tent reception is because I do not get to see my family often and they have never been to florida and honestly would never have the money to do so. Therefore I want a wedding that is not limited with time and stressful. So venues that I have a few hours to set up and do all the timed things on the list and then never get to eat your food cuase your so tied up in the 6:00 dance 6:15 cakecutting 6:30 toast 6:45 garter throw…(Clearly not that order) So we have a friend with alot of land. Another nearly free place. So free ceremony place and free reception. We are not fancy people. And after 6 months this seemed the best route. Everything else is soooo $$$. And I looked into a intimate beach wedding. But my FH family is huge and I refuse to cut out what family I have left. Something fun and simple for everyone to enjoy. I didnt want a venue that is all catered to and will be a big blur. I do understand how much more work I am looking at. But considering this info I need some advice.
Our food is being covered by a family that is like my adopted parents. They took me in when my mother got ill. She passed a few months ago and one of her wishes was for me to go with them (they lost their daughter). So they are giving us 1500 for food.
We have a list of 120 people. I’m thinking 90 of that will show.
We are doing 3 different pulled porks picnic stlye (baked beans, potato salad, corn bread, green beans, coobler, pie, sweet tea. ect. Country style food-We are stright up country kids. Not rednectk(nothing wrong with them) But it’s my wedding so as much as I’d go get a big lifted truck to ride off in we want some class to it.lol
Alcohol yes. Kegs, and 2 signiture drinks we created. Simple ones
The chairs and table we are asking the church if we can borrow. Which will be a huge savings. Because I’m finding this idea of a cheap backyard wedding to not be cheap at all. So we still have linens, lighting, ect. The problem is the tent….
I can’t find a reasonable place. But a sturdy good tent. I dont want a chance of it collasping. Seen that a few times. Along with that We need flooring :/ If it rains (as much as I like to keep it countr in the grass) I dont want people to get wet or all soggy shoes.No dirty dance for for me! So those are my biggest obsticals.
It’s supposed to be mid October…Which is still warm. So doing a evening dinner hoping it’s cooler. If not fan will be rented. I just dont want them to be annoying.
As for decoration, I’ve got that in mind. Got a ton of lights from rummage sales-old chirstmas ones i guess. And finding more as I go.
I am in tampa area. Where to get afforadable tent and flooring/acessories???
And who has done a tent reception??? Advice comments.
It seems to be more cost then a venue. But I really dont want that. And with chairs, tables, and food being covered….Do you think this is possible? I’m guessing my FH who adores us will help out alot. And same with my “Adoptive” family. But we are not counting on it…We want to do our own budget except the food. I know thats covered. If we get alot more help then planned….GREAT…If not…Well we wont be in debt. and maybe a nice honeymoon then…OOOO ya we are doing s small honeymoon in the keys. About $500. We love to drive and just spend time together. If we do well with everything and have extra money We want to plan a bigger trip later. Or we may save it for house down payment down the road. Depends on how things turn out.
I am sorry this is so long. I’ve been longing to get on here. I’m just stuck on the cost of tents and flooring..Is there anyways aroudn this. And with 4500-500=4000…Do you think we can make it happen? I really dont want to do a Lodge, Elks, ect. I want my own thing
OOO And I did cakes for 3 years. So I want to make my own. You can see I am very DYI 🙂
Thanks for reading an I appreciate any advice!
P.S. The property is a good friends. Large house and 4 bathrooms. She has aggreed for use of. Which is awesome cause I wouldnt really want people in my house