Post # 1
I just wanted to get some opinions 🙂
So first off, my fiance and I are leaning toward the idea of a lunch reception. We love the idea because we think it would be really relaxed and they seem like they are becoming a lot more popular and definitely save us money. Another reason for doing this is we have an older crowd of family coming and not too many of our friends, and we’re thinking most family will not stay until midnight.
We aren’t much into dancing, so instead of a DJ we’d plug in an ipod (our venue has a sound system) and we really want to get a photobooth so that gives our guests something fun to do.
Anyway, we want to have an “after party” so we are able to celebrate with our friends. Our wedding is rustic themed, because we our both totally outdoorsy people. We’re having an outdoor wedding at a gorgeous metropark, mason jars and everything rustic!! So… our idea is to rent a cabin or 2 at a state park and just hang out for the night with everyone! Has anyone ever heard of doing this or have you? We seemed to think it would be soooo fun because we love camping and we aren’t going on a honeymoon, and it would definitely be a fun way to actually spend time with friends on your wedding day since during the wedding I’m assuming we’ll be getting around to all our guests.
Any comments? Do you guys think it would be a good idea?
Post # 3
I think it would be a great idea! I’m having a cake and punch reception during the day and later planning on paying for a party bus to drive out to chicago for an afterparty, where we’ll also be paying for the guests entrance fee and drinks. Now that the wedding is having kids I’m not allowing them to drink and drive and especially not with kids. Whoever wants to come can and if they don’t oh well!
Post # 4
@Megan10513: I think that this is a great idea!
Would you have two separate invites?
I have heard of people doing this, but everyone invited to the reception was invited to the afterparty. I don’t think that it’s a big deal to invite people to just the after party if your wedding/lunch reception is basically family-only. I would just do separate invites and say that the cabin thing is a “celebration of your marriage” and host people there.
I’m picturing a bonfire with smores! You could set up a great bar in the cabins.
I think that it would be a lot of fun.
Post # 5
@Megan10513: We’re doing this. 🙂 We’re taking over a campground (well, we’ll take over about 1/4 of it) and all of our family is in cabins. So our ceremony and reception is at noon (not set in stone yet) and will last until about 6pm. At that point, the older folks will go to their cabins (they can stay if they want to but I seriously doubt they will) and the rest of us will change into warmer clothes and attempt to finish the kegs while watching the meteor shower. We have one friend who is staying at a cabin pretty close and we may end up there if we want to stay up late since it’s a campsite.
If the cabins dont have fire pits for smores, those garden fire tables are SUPER cheap now (like $60!) and you can either give it away or take it home and use it again.
Post # 6
Sounds good! My only word of caution is that you may be exhausted by the time the evening rolls around. We did an 11am ceremony followed by a lunch reception (with ipod DJ, too, which worked out great), and between nerves/makeup artist coming at 6:30am so we could do photos before the ceremony, we were both passed out by 7pm.
Post # 7
Yes! That’s what we’re picturing too! Our friends that will be at our actual wedding will be in the bridal party, so we were thinking our bridal party and any other close friends that we’d want to invite that we were not able to invite due to budget issues. We think it would be fun to actually get to relax with friends and say thanks for being there for us. It’s super cheap to rent a cabin and some of the best memories we have with our good friends was spent sitting out eating s’mores and drinking by the fire!
Post # 8
@Megan10513: Sounds awesome. Feel free to PM me if you have any logistical/decor questions. Are you self-catering or bringing someone in?
Post # 9
We have a caterer that we have to use at our venue, all the metroparks in our area have a contract with a specific caterer but we’ve heard good things so I’m not too worried about it. Thank you! I will message you if I have questions!
Post # 10
@Megan10513: Well then that will be really awesome. 🙂
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park
This is almost exactly what we want to do!