- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
We are an inter-racial, inter-faith couple who are Americanized but our ethnic culture is very ingrained in our lifestyle. We both are very close to our large families so we expect a minimum of 450 invites. People say we shouldn’t be surprised if we receive a lot of declines, but I’m pretty sure our 350 invites to our family will attend. We each are the last of our cousins to marry so rumor has it that those who live out of state or country will use this wedding as a family reunion.
SO, my problem is scheduling events to a workable timeline. Below is my tentative schedule. Is it too much to ask of guests to attend all of these events? Is it rude to only invite some people to some events? Will I live through the weekend? What are the chances my events all stay on schedule? We are overbudget by double IF we do follow this timeline, but this is the only compromise the Groom and I can come to. Any other tips for lower cost, but still doing what we want? What do you think of Memorial weekend to take advantage of a holiday discount? Wehre are the best places to hold a wedding of this size and # of events? What do I say when neogiating for prices?
Any advice, comments, questions, ideas and tips are welcome! We only have 10 months to plan and do not have a venue booked.
In hopes of one location for all events, in or near a hotel and hopefully near an airport, here is my tentative schedule:
Friday 8a-12p Pooja at home with family, close friends
Friday 12p-2p Catered Indian food lunch at home
Friday 5:30p-6:30p Christian Ceremony with family, bridal party and close friends
Friday 6:30p-7:30p Chinese Tea Ceremony with famiy, bridal party and close friends
Friday8:30p-12a Co-ed Mendi, Garba, Light Chinese/Indian dinner with family, bridal party, and close friends
Saturday 9a-11a Professional pics with bridal party
Saturday 11a-12p Jaan
Saturday 12p-2p Hindu Ceremony with all guests
Saturday 1p-3p Indian food lunch with all guests
Saturday 2p-3p Professional pics with all family and other guests
Saturday 6:30p-7:30p Cocktail hour with Chinese/Indian apps
Saturday 7:30p-12a Reception with Chinese/Indian/American dinner
Sunday 9a-11a Brunch with close family, bridal party, and out of town guests