Post # 1
So I just sat down and crunched some numbers for our July 2013 wedding and I didn’t see a total that I (or the FH) liked…
I am just looking for feedback on a few things:
1. Brown Metal Folding Chairs, like this.
2. Having paper-like linen tablecloths or butcher paper with burlap runners to avoid the costs of buying/reselling tablecloths. Going for this look:
3. Not having a bartender and just doing:
-Putting wine bottles on tables (they will double as table numbers)
-Having a keg of bud light and a 1/2 keg of a microbrew
-Having decanters of: Hard Lemonade, Long Island Ice Tea, & Sangria
Also! Any resources on where to get the best disposable: cups, culterly, napkins, paper tablcoths (or butcher paper?) would be awesome.
I’m hoping to see pics (not pinterest, real life!) of how your wedding turned out if you did any of the above things… ESPECIALLY the brown metal chairs– I can’t find pics of what that would like like in a field for a ceremony…
Some info about my wedding: ~180 guests, outdoorsy, band/ipod mixing, bbq food (cornbread, pulled pork, mac n cheese) served buffet style, TONS of mason jars, etc.
Any advice or inspiration would be AWESOME!
Post # 3
I think your ideas for chairs and tablecloths are totally fine! Tableclothes are wayyy too expensive. Our venue comes with plain white tableclothes and we are just going with that haha.
For the alcohol… You need to check your state’s laws, a lot of states require someone to serve liquor at events. (i.e. guests can’t help themselves) But if your venue allows you to BYOB, you will still be saving a lot of money by getting a keg – since a lot of venues charge per drink!
Not sure about where is the best place to buy disposable place settings, I would check Costco or Sam’s Club, that’s where I usually buy in bulk 🙂
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry about the chairs too much. The only time you will notice them is before the guests arrive! Once there are butts in the chairs, all you will be able to see are the people who love you 🙂
And I second checking Costco or Sam’s Club or other bulk store.
Post # 5
Our venue is BYOB as long as your have a police officer and lucky me my uncle is on the force in that town!
Any advice for where to find good disposable tablecloths? Pics??
Post # 6
I think you have come up with ideas that will be perfect for your reception.
The brown chairs will be perfect with the burlap.
These are beige not brown but you get the idea:
Smarty Had a Party has nice disposables, both faux linens, flatware and cutlery.
Bamboo, corn or palm leaf disposables would be perfect for your wedding too.
There are previous posts discussing the various options:
Post # 8
In reviewing your list of beverages that you plan to provide, I didn’t see any selections for those who do not drink alcohol. Are you also planning to have any soft drinks and bottled water available?
Post # 9
@Brielle: My plan was to have water, lemonade, and probably pepsi or coke in nice glass bottles. I actually don’t drink pop/soda, so I am usually a wine or water gal– does that sound like a good selection?
Post # 10
@carolyn.sp.79: I would add iced tea to your non alcoholic selections, also possibly a non cola soda (like sprite or 7 up) if you can make room in your budget.
I agree with Smarty Had a Party for settings. Since you have so much time, you could also get good deals by waiting for coupons to Party City (they offer $10/30 relatively frequently, and I love their settings) or JoAnns/Michaels (they accept each others’ coupons, and you can usually get up to 50% off). You could buy a bit at a time, or go with your friends/mom/siblings, each with a coupon in hand. We did this for some of our favors, and they ended up being the same price or cheaper than buying things in bulk on ebay or the like.
I don’t know where you’re from, but Old Time Pottery, Pat Catan’s and Flower Factory have amazing deals on things like this, but that’s not an option everywhere.
All your ideas sound really cute! We used wine bottles (not full, though) as table numbers, and it worked out great
Post # 11
We are doing my daughter’s wedding on a very limited budget and no alcohol. It is a very, very DIY rustic themed wedding. We are also doing a BBQ buffet (sliced brisket, links, mac & cheese, green beans, corn, salad and rolls). I have white square glass plates but ordereded the bamboo silverware, bamboo salad bowls, and bamboo dessert plates. We are doing brown butcher paper for tablecloths and making the oyster colored burlap runners. We are also using the coffee filter pomanders on wine bottles, mason jars, etc., and the covered tin cans for centerpieces. Unfortunately, she gave me 3 whole weeks to plan, so I am hoping this all comes together. (Knowing my daughter I had a feeling that would happen so I have been secretly collecting a few things every once in a while). Will post pics to let you know how it looks!
Post # 12
@carolyn.sp.79: Oh, that’s good. I figured you had to have something in mind for those who cannot or do not wish to drink the alcoholic beverages. As long as you are offering options that include non-alcoholic, diet, caffeine-free, and caffeine-free diet beverages, you should be fine.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Will the caterers help out with refilling the decanters? I would skip the Long Islands…that’s a lot of booze to be serving. I’d do beer, wine, and one speciality drink- keep it simple!
Post # 14
@carolyn.sp.79: I love the butcher paper idea! I may have to steal it!
I’m planning on doing some sort of large punchbowl spiked with punch and also basically just putting out a bunch of liquor and mixers on the table so people can make their own. I hit a good half off stale at Rite Aid a few months ago so I’m pretty well stocked on the liquor.
Post # 15
Does anyone have pics of paper tablecloths looking good? I had dreamed of tablcloths that reached the floor, but at their price tag, I’m letting that dream go… Just hoping I can see examples!
Post # 16
I love your vision!!! Mine is so similar. Your food, decor ideas, and drinks go very well with your theme. We are having a southern style DIY wedding. The actual BBQ, Rib sampler, and chicken tenders (for the kids) will be from our favorite BBQ here in Richmond. And then the sides, mac and cheese, mac salad, green beans, salad, and rolls will be made by family. We are doing canisters of lemonade and tea, bottles of water, 1 keg of Bud Light, maybe two different flavors of the bottles of Mikes hard lemonades, and cokes. We are planning on buying the silver looking pails to put them in.
I need to start picking up packs of disposable plates and bowls every week. Sams Club and Party City has them. Party City has sales pretty often.
I know I didn’t really help with your post. lol But I just had to comment. Also, I get married in March so I can send you pictures of how mine turn out. lol