Post # 1
Fiance and I are debating between a traditional indoor reception or doing an outdoor reception (actual ceremony will be in a church). My family owns a small private campground, it is a large open wide grassy area, surrounded by trees & a river on one side and fields on the other side.
The issue is, neither of us has ever been to an outdoor wedding reception, so we need some inspiration to help us decide! Also, for those who had outdoor wedding reception, what where some of the obstacles you encountered (like bathrooms, tents, seating, etc). And what were some of the awesome aspects of having the reception outside?
Also, do you think it was cheaper to have it outside? I know food is generally cheaper, but you have to bring in EVERYTHING from the dance floor to the forks!
Post # 3
Well, I don’t know if you gotta rent a dancefloor. It’s possibly cheaper to make it out of plywood or to just dance in grass.
The camp ground should have electric sockets, right? My major concern about outdoors was bugs, too. You might need to fumigate the place a couple days prior or make sure you can have cintranella.
Lighting is important and so is heating or cooling, depending on the time of year.
As for inspiration:
Post # 4
Yes, there is electricity there. We have hookups for 6 campers (campers will not be there during the reception) and there is a very small (bathroom-less) cabin there.
I never thought about plywood, any suggestions on how to cover it up so it doesn’t look like plywood? Spray painting it black?
My Dad has been able to fumigate it before family reunions out there, so bugs can be taken care of, he just has to be careful around the river.
Post # 5
We just had our wedding outside. Ceremony and Reception. I do not think it was cheaper than our local indoor venues. But, we had to pay for the venue as well, whereas your parents probably aren’t charging you! The Garden we were married at has an exclusive caterer, so we paid per head for food. Then we bought our own booze (saved there for sure!). We rented: tent, lights, dance floor, generator, portolav, wash station, tables, chairs, linens, dishes, silverware, glassware, an ice truck (it was hot! and there was no way to know how much ice we would need). So all of that plus all the other stuff; band, attire, flowers, photographers, gifts, tips, taxes! (OMG), transportation, decor, favors, etc. we spent about 30K for 190 people. We really had to plan ths pace well, hid the bathrooms from vew of the tent and what not. We also had amazing staff that transitioned everything seamlessly for us. They moved all the chairs from the ceremony to the tent during cocktail hour, which was in another area of the garden. The awesome aspects were a blue moon on our rehearsal night! Gorgeous weather and a stunning Garden, that everyone raved about. People could not believe how beautiful and elegant it was. I think they were expecting more of a backyard bbq feel and we really tried to make it more upscale and elegent. We are still waiting on pro pics, but here are some people have tagged me it. I think we suceeded!
Post # 6
Those pictures look great! Thanks!
Post # 7
My ceremony and reception were both held outdoors and it was pretty expensive because we had to rent every single thing. We didn’t do a tent because it would’ve hid the beauty of the venue. Only bad thing is the temperature was 73 but with the wind we were freezing, until I got a few shots in me! And because of the wind, all my beautiful centerpieces that I worked so hard on, had to be removed from the table because it kept knocking over. My floral arrangements the ceremony had to be moved as well.
If I had it to do all over again, I would still do it at the same place but I would make sure the centerpieces had weight to them and I would’ve rented some heaters.
Post # 8
Does anyone else have inspiration, ideas or thoughts on outdoor receptions?
Post # 9
We do a lot of outdoor weddings. You can see some inspiration from a campsite HERE, ranches HERE and HERE, and private residences HERE. For lighting, string lighting over dinner tables/dance floor and uplighting of the trees play a huge role in setting the ambiance. You will also want to keep in mind any functional lighting (ie: wash lighting for bar, buffet- of dinner will be served after dark, lighting for paths to restrooms and parking, etc). Lighting is very labor intensive so can get expensive.