Post # 1
So, Fiance and I are working on a $10,000 budget with 230 invited guests. We’re really lucky that one of our good friends is catering a 4 course family style czech dinner for us (at his cost), and the band we hired only charges $500 for the whole evening. We are offering beer / wine / champagne. But, as we make choices, I’m beginning to worry that our reception is turning into a carnival, of sorts. Below is what we have planned:
A Hillbilly Country band that is pretty freakin’ awesome and super fun.
Preceremony cocktail hour
Jack and coke floats as well as Strawberry Sorbet and Champagne cocktails for after dinner
Dessert Buffet (cookies and milk, cakes, pies, and nutella creme brulee)
Candy Buffet (13 different jars, thus far)
Manned Coffee and Espresso Bar (from local coffee shop)
Photobooth wall (FI is diying this for me. He’s pretty amazing).
As we were looking at how the room is setting up, it is starting to make me wonder if we’re being too “over the top”. I’ve chosen, for instance, that instead of the tall silver vases that Mother-In-Law in wants, we are using much cheaper clear vases and hiring the espresso bar. Instead of a professional florist, my best friend is helping me do the flowers and we’re taking that $$ to stock the dessert buffet (Whole Foods for the Win!). We’re still having a wedding cake because it’s important to Future Mother-In-Law, but the rest is very “interactive”. However, is it shaping up to be a carnival instead of a reception?
Post # 3
Sounds like a super fun wedding to me! Can’t wait to see pics!
Post # 4
It sounds really fantastic! I would totally go and have a great time!
Post # 5
Everything sounsd amazing…I am not sure on the hillbilly country band for a wedding…I would have to see it, but if you both love it then go for it!
Post # 6
This sounds amazing! I usually get kind of bored at receptions because, other than dinner, there’s never really anything to do.
Post # 7
Sounds fun to me! Thats what I was going for with my wedding too, I don’t want boring old been there done that wedding, I want something memorable, and thats what it seems like your creating. Have fun! You only get married once!
Post # 8
@vorpalette: My biggest fears are 1) my guests leaving hungry, and 2) my guests being bored.
Ladies, thank you for the reassurance! This is a “big” wedding for our area, so we are already getting comments. My family is already going to think that Fiance and I are “showing off,” but we’re not trying too. Our wedding bands were$120 and my dress was$700. We’re just putting the $$ emphasis on throwing a killer party.
Post # 9
@MsPiggy: my thoughts exactly! Last night, Fiance kept saying “anyone who knows us, knows that this is exactly who we are”. But, it’s really hard when Future Mother-In-Law is very “traditional” and my family is… well…. typically anti-wedding and believes that spending $$ for a “frivolous” party is irresponsible. We’ve made the choice to be kid free and both work, so we can do this; we’re getting a lot of push back, though. Ugh.
Post # 10
You had me at Nutella. Sounds like a great time
Post # 11
@nerdysarah: I don’t think you’ll have these problems, haha.
Post # 12
You had me at creme brulee.
Post # 13
I don’t think any of this is over the top. Enjoy and do what you like!
Post # 14
I think it will be fine. Have a great time.
Post # 15
It’s only a carnival if there are rides and funnel cakes..so no, you’re good. 😉
Post # 16
Sounds like a blast! Stop adding things (you have enough) and you people are wierd, which I mean in the best way possible, wierd is good, very very good.