Post # 1
Hi there! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day thus far!
Some background: I am engaged with a “place-holder” ring. My Fiance wants to do a proposal the traditional way. However, we’re trying to finish up school and purchase a new home.
I want a wedding that is between formal and in-formal. I don’t want my guests to feel that the atmosphere is up-tight. I want to wear a nice dress (maybe not big, white formal wedding-type). Depending on the time of the year, I really wouldn’t mind doing a BBQ or have lots of little fruit platters, chocolate fountain, etc. I want everyone to feel at ease and I want them all to have a wonderful time. But I want a little more sparkle than just a regular party. The thing is, we’re not going to have a lot of money to ever have a full-blown wedding reception with the frills. Nor do I really want one.
How do you go about having a wedding at your home that makes it “official”? Any suggestions, or ideas to make a home-wedding go smoothly? Perhaps you ladies have had one or been to one and thought specific decorations/foods/favors that the bride used were cool. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@katiebeary: We are doing a at home wedding/reception. FMIL is planning on getting tents, an arch, and other things to help decorate the backyard. We haven’t discussed it fully yet, but there’s plenty of ways you can go about this. You can hire an officiant or have someone become certified online to marry you. You will just have to go to the town to get your marriage license as well. Nothing is different when it comes to at home weddings. =)
This should be fun and seems like we’ll be able to bounce ideas off one another as time goes. I will keep you updated with ideas/suggestions/etc as I finish my planning within the next six months.
Post # 4
@Rouquine: Sounds wonderful! 🙂 I’m really looking forward to it being a little bit more relaxed. I’m just waiting for the official engagement, and then I’ll really start planning!
I’d really like a fall wedding! I love fall decorations and out here in southern California, the weather is gorgeous! Have you thought of your colors? Theme? What time of year? Anything special you REALLY gotta have?!
Post # 5
@katiebeary: We are getting married October 13th. We’ve had that date picked out since the night we got engaged (I was a bit excited). I really enjoy the fall and 13 is FI’s lucky number. Worked out perfectly for us.
I don’t have colors yet. I was thinking purple and orange, but I want to make sure Fiance can wear something that really goes with him as well. I am going to be looking more into decorations, ideas, etc this week since I am off for four nights. I’ll keep you updated with what I come up with.
ETA: I’m also looking to make a signature drink for the two of us. We’re both gingers so I’m going to incorporate that somehow. I think it’d be super fun.
Hm, I really want a candy buffet now. I think it’d be a great set up for people to choose what sort of favors they want to take home – if they do.
Post # 6
You can totally do an at home wedding! That’s what I’m planning. It may require more rentals than a traditional venue but there are plenty of vendors out there for tents, tables, chairs, etc. Start with a season and an estimated guest list size, because all your vendors will ask. I got a lot of inspiration reading about home wedding on this site and other blogs, so just keep reading and you’ll find some ideas that speak to you.
Post # 7
@Rouquine: October is my favorite month! Halloween is my favorite holiday EVER! 😀 I’d love to do a more Halloween-y wedding! That would be cute! 😀 I wonder if my Fiance would fly with that though haha.
YES! A candy bar! Yummmm! :o)
Thanks for your tips, ladies! I will definitely be keeping in touch!
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2014 - county fairgrounds
i’m also having an at-home wedding, my fiance and i had a deposit down on a venue but when we bought our first house we realized we wouldn’t be able to afford the catering, the rest of the venue cost (our budget was $5000). so we lost had to forfeit our deposit and then figured out that we just bought a house on 2 acres of land so we decided we’d havei it in our yard. So we moved up our wedding date 2 months for the weather, my mama and i use to work together for a catering company so we’re going to do all of the food ourselves for 100 people, ipod instead of dj, my cousin will play our ceremony music (she in the airforce band) my other cousin will make my wedding cake (no worries this isn’t her first wedding cake/ big event cake) i’m doing the flowers (unfortunately they be fake flowers because they’re a quarter of the price of real ones, but they look pretty real), my bridesmaids and i are making the decorations and making it very country chic/ vintage because that where my family is originally from so it’ll be nice but not really fancy but i do have the big dress. rentals are the most expensive part for us but all together everything will run me $2000. we’re also having some little disney aspects to our wedding (that’s where we got engaged, in front of the castle) like i bought a bunch of old tea cups from the thrift store and i’m puttng tealights in them like candle holder on the tables. i only have 5 months left and we just made this change a few weeks ago so im kinda stressing over everything haha