- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2014
I’m really torn. First we thought about having a beach wedding. But after deciding to stay closer to home and have it at church, planning everything else is hard. I really don’t want to have a cookie-cutter reception at a banquet hall/hotel ballroom/mansion. I wanted everyone to have a great time. But I’m wondering if my vision is tacky. Here’s my ideas:
Location: Grandma’s backyard. It’s very spacious and can host a lot of people. However, we’re sticking to 75 or less. Then there’s the debate on getting a tent or not. I would love to go without it but there isn’t much in the backyard because it’s so huge. On the other hand, there is always a chance rain will occur (it’s April after all). I don’t even know what type of tent to get. 40×60? 40×80?
Flowers: While roses is my favorite flower, I love the look of gerbera daisies. It plays with the fun reception theme. Plus it’s cheaper. I’m also thinking about carnations too.
Other decor: I know the mason jars are very popular but I think I’ll stick to either decorated tiki torches or lanterns (if we’re using a tent).
Food: Not a fan of sit-down meal at all. I want everyone to get up and mingle. We decided on a buffet. But we don’t know if we should go with the gourmet BBQ theme with some family favorites (FI’s family: pierogies, my family: beef/chicken empanadas). Plus, cocktail hour will be held inside the house with fun finger food (fruits and cheese set, piggies, chicken fingers).
Drink: that’s easy: go to a drink distrubiter and buy soft drinks and our favorite beers (Bud Lite, Yugengeling, Molson, and Summer Shandy). We’re also plan to make our own iced tea and lemonade.
Entertainment: FI suggest we should use an iPod since we already have an amp to plug it in. However, I want to be sure our playlist does not mess up.
Cake: Most likely eat cupcakes (with the top tier being regular cake).
Extra entertainment: Since it’s at a house, we want to include other activities for everyone. Kids can stay inside and watch kiddie movies. The basement can be an entertainment room for our friends/younger crowd to unwind after the main reception (video games, play pool, watch baseball or hockey games).
Favors: just offering late night snacks like homemade cookies to take home.
I want everyone to have a great time and treat this as a fun celebration without the restrictions of a traditional wedding reception. However, there will be purists who will think this is tacky. Not to mention the on-going influence of wedding shows on TLC and WE. I know that this is my wedding and I can do whatever I want but I want to be sure everyone leaves with a smile on their faces. Help!