Post # 17
Our wedding coordinator came with the venue. A few of the places we looked at had someone, some more helpful than others. But there was also one that didn’t have anyone, which was a worry to us too. Price out the coordinator costs, vs having it someplace that there is someone there to handle it for you perhaps?
Post # 18
We did an evening wedding for 65 in October 2010. We’re pretty nerdy and quirky too, that’s why we got married Halloween weekend. We did the traditional format (ceremony, cocktails, reception) but our reception was more laid-back and it was mostly drinking, eating and hanging out rather than dancing and partying. We knew we wanted something small with good food and good pictures, so that’s what we focused on.
And yes, we had a day-of coordinator, but it was a friend of my mother’s who did it for free. If we would have had to pay someone, I wouldn’t have had one. Although, she was SO helpful… so, in retrospect, I probably would hire one. I had such a relaxed, worry-free, stress-free wedding day and that is priceless for me.
Post # 19
@lightmist: We had a very small wedding with 11 guests in September, and took everyone out to dinner at a really nice restaurant afterwards. I felt just like you, so we didn’t have dancing or any of the “traditional” aspects. Just a nice private dinner, and everyone got to order exactly what they wanted off the menu. I also just wanted things to be simple so I could really enjoy my day and the whole planning process with very little stress and it worked out perfectly.
The ceremony was at a lake house, and we got lucky on the cost because they let us have for just 5 hours for $330. But it took a lot of time and research to find somewhere that would be low cost for such a small event. The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes, then we took photos with all our guests. Then everyone went to the restaurant for cocktails and appetizers while we took more photos. I think dinner lasted 3-4 hours and we were home by 10.
It really was a perfect day, and I didn’t feel any pressure to “entertain” anyone. It just flowed so nicely, and everyone loved it.
You sound just like I did when I started planning my wedding 🙂
Anyway, here is a few photos of how it all turned out:
Post # 20
i love your wedding! That is exactly what i am going for. Hopefully i can find a decently priced venue as well. I love your cake 🙂