Post # 1
Hey guys, So we are planning a New Years eve wedding and are a bit confused as to what to do with our food plans. We are very casual and fun kind of people and we want our wedding to be an intimate party with our nearest and dearest.
We were talking and thought it might be cool for people to be able to kick back on picnic rugs and chairs with a slice of pizza and a beer while they watch us get married. So we were planning on starting our ceremony at 6:30pm, and have a heap of gourmet pizzas and cold drinks, beer and wine for people to eat and mingle and then I would make my entrance 715ish and everyone would be asked to get comfy and enjoy the show. (I would enjoy a beach picnic with my girls and parents before hand, while my partner will be at the ceremony with the guests, but we will be doing a first look and photos before the ceremony.
The we would move on to the reception which would be set up like a dessert reception with cupcakes, mini desserts, icecream sandwiches and choc fondue… and a table of fruit, breads, dips, cheese and savory snacky stuff.
Then at midnight we would bring out late night munchie like small portions of lasagna and salad, nachos, and chicken dippers.
There would just be lots of drinking and dancing and fun. we are having a photobooth and will be letting off wish lanterns at midnight. It sounds a bit cheap and trashy but we hope to pull it of with a real homemade feel thats a bit chic and alot of fun.
What do you think of our plans, is the pizza at the ceremony a bad idea? we were thinking of wording the invites – Please join us for Beer, Pizza and marriage (ceremony details) followed by a dessert reception (reception details).
Post # 3
I think it sounds amazing, like way more fun than most weddings I’ve been to. However, I think that if you’re doing such a laid back wedding you have to pay close attention to decor. Make sure the look of your venue is really pulled together so your guests feel like you’re having a relaxed wedding by design, rather than having just ordererd pizza and beer at the last minute.
Post # 4
That sounds like a blast! Some guests (particularly older ones) may be more traditional and could be snotty about it, but I am sure that the majority of people will enjoy a break from wedding formality and just enjoy the party with you 🙂
Post # 5
I think it sounds great can I come lol
Post # 6
I think it sounds fun and totally unique and personal.
Personally, I get tired of the typical weddings that most people seem to do. So this would be fun and especially on NYE!
Post # 7
My only comment is that it seems to be a lot of time between when protiens are served – when I have liquor (which on NYE is a given), I would need protien to keep me half sober and awake until midnight. With the dessert tables and app tables, could you have something with meat? Maybe a crockpot of meatballs or those tiny hotdogs? Or can you leave the pizza out for snacking?
Post # 8
It sounds like fun. I just hope you won’t have too formal a dress code–pizza can sometimes get messy when you don’t have a table in front of you.
Given the date of your wedding, I hope your location is someplace warm.
Post # 9
I like it, but it seems a bit too casual, I dunno. I think of weddings as a big deal and I would want a little more than pizza. Also, I would probably start a bit later, or else people might not make it to midnight. Also, the menu sounds very carby. I would try to add some proteins to make it more filling.
Post # 10
Thanks for the Feedback guys!! The weather is not really an issue as I’m in Australia and it’s summertime for us!! We will be keep the dress code casualish, and just put on the invites something along the line of coming comfy/cas but pretty for the party.
Should we maybe serve a couple of salads with the pizza? I feel like this would be too hard if we plan to serve it before the ceremony,just because there will only be some seats and a few picnic rugs… it’ll be more of a grab a drink and a slice and mingle kind of a vibe.
In my experience of partying we have dinner and dessert by 8ish and then pick an snacky foods until midnight when is when about you get the need for something more substantial which would be when we would bring out the midnight snacks!
People usually only really like to pick at foods when they are drinking anyway, so if i add something a little bit more substantial to the savory table at I think we should be rocking!!
I also think the reception starting at 8pm is not too early as its only four hours until midnight, which is shorter than most receptions, and once people eat, mingle, we do speeches and dancing, they get it on in the photobooth and then we start to get organised for the wish lanterns at midnight, it’ll go by fast for most people. After night the olds can have a coffee and head on home and the younger crowd can party until our feet hurt.
I’m all for a wedding being about what the couple are about. We just want everyone to remember it as more of a fun celebration of us and everyone who is important in our lives. I want everyone to look back and think “well that was refreshing and such a laugh, but gee those kids are so in love” haha
I appreciate the feedback and I’m not against the criticism, I just want to use this conversation to see if there are any major flaws to my plan I haven’t thought about, and if it’s just a bit too crazy! I’m so excited that most of you said it would be fun, that’s just what we are after!!
Post # 11
I think it sounds like a blast! Go for it!
Post # 12
Honestly I don’t get it. If I’m going to the wedding I expect to celebrate with the bride and groom and not have a pizza party with the other guests. I don’t get the “fun” or the “novelty” in it to have a celebration for a wedding before the wedding waiting for the couple.
Post # 13
@violettw: I think it sounds awesome! The wedding should reflect the taste and character of the couple.
It’ll be a blast!!
I agree with another PP- make sure guests now how formal or not formal the event will be for dress code, etc.
Post # 14
I think it sounds like a fun party, but not a wedding. Honestly, I think weddings are much more formal than pizza and beer – BUT, if it’s your dream wedding, then that’s what matters. Don’t worry about pleasing all your guests, just do what YOU want! After all, you can’t please everyone. Even for me, all I really want at the wedding is for the bride and groom to be happy – so if a very casual party does that, then you got it right.
Post # 15
Fair point about half the party going on before the bride arrives! I didn’t really think about that. I think im pretty sold on the whole idea now, despite the cons some people pointed out.
I understand how people might not appreciate the informality of the whole thing, but as it is going to be a small affair with only around 60 of our nearest and dearest and on new years eve, I feel like the big family celebration will suit us well. I will just have to make sure I pull off the small details well so it still all pulls past the backyard frat party it sounds like.
The older guests are all family who are laid back enough to appreciate the informal vibe as being an ‘us’ thing to do. The rest of our guests are our siblings and close friends and they would never turn down a party!
Thanks again for the feedback. I look Forward to bouncing more of my ideas around on the boards as the planning progresses.
Post # 16
I think it sounds amazing! I would love your wedding!