Post # 1
We are having a reception only party for family and friends. It will take place at a private residence..
We plan on awesome local Vermont beer, a pig roast and camping out. So some folks may still dress up, we will be casual but still in style 😉
The plan is to have a professional caterer (Black Diamond BBQ), tent setup, etc.. My biggest dilemma right now is figuring out seating arrangements: round tables or long communal tables/family style, seating assigments or not, etc.. There will be 80-100 people. There will be some kids and many dogs in addition to all of the grown-up humans. Most of attendees are not family but friends 30+ y.o.
What are your suggestions?! We are trying to make this inexpensive with a excellent beverage and food spead.
Also (I understand I should probbaly know this) but what are caterers actually in charge of?!
Post # 3
Your reception idea sounds awesome. Which VT beer? There are so many good ones!
I think the idea of long tables sounds more in “theme” with a BBQ. You could do red and white white check napkins, mason jars with wildflowers…Queen Anne’s Lace is abundant in VT in July!
Sorry I can’t help with the caterer question- my venue comes with!
Post # 4
Rossi2Bee’s suggestion of wildflowers in mason jars is AWESOME! They look so pretty and rustic. My aunt had a similer wedding (rented tent, BBQ catering, etc) a couple years ago and she was responsible for all set up. We were able to put it all together in a couple days with family and friends. You will most likely need to set up the tables, linens, place settings, chairs, etc. For a tent wedding, round tables may be easier to manuever with. A seating arrangement is generally less confusing for guests. Your caterer will most likely arrive with the food the day of and set up the serving tables, but you will be responsible for all else. I would contact them to double check on what they will do in their contract.
As far as the tent breakdown the next day, be sure you know when they are coming and confirm it with the rental company! We ended up running to clean up the tent the next morning when the truck arrived two hours early! 🙂
Sounds like a beautiful wedding, good luck!