- 2 years ago
- Wedding: August 2018
Hi everyone! First post. I have seen a couple of these topics already but they are from so long ago and don’t have many replies so I was hoping to get some fresh advice.
Here is our backstory and how we got to the idea of planning a wedding in two months:
My SO and I have been together for almost 10 years. Our 10 year will be mid August, and have been talking over the past month or so to make plans to “elope” (we would still want our closest family and friends there). Originally we had the idea for mid August b/c for insurance reasons and because the question of marriage wasn’t “if” but “when”, and of course how cool would it be to have it on our 10 year anniversary?!?
It started with the idea of having 15-20 people (we have a lot of immediate family and a few close friends we want to attend) with an intimate ceremony and maybe a small gathering at a restaurant or in someone’s backyard after. Then we would have a larger reception/celebration a year from now where we could invite other friends and family that we couldn’t invite because of the eloping and short notice.
We’ve always dreamed of a destination wedding, but with the time constriction and low budget since this is impromtu, we are looking for venues that are in the Southern CA area (we are local to LA), anywhere from Santa Barbara to San Diego. But as we start looking at venues and pricing, we started thinking maybe we could just plan it all in one go and not have to have two separate gatherings in two different years. We wouldn’t be bothered if a lot of family can’t attend due to the short notice as we’ve never really been stuck on a huge wedding. As long as the closer family and friends can attend, we are ok with that. We were also having trouble narrowing the list down to around 20 people because, as mentioned above, we have A LOT of family and friends that we would be ok with inviting.
So now to the advice:
1. Is planning a full blow wedding, potentially anywhere between 20 to 150 people, crazy in such a short amount of time?
2. Any recommendations as I begin reaching out to venues? We found a couple places we want to reach out but since we don’t have a date or # of attendees set (this will be decided when we hear pricing and package options), I don’t want to sound wishy washy or like it’s not a serious inquiry.
3. What about reaching out to vendors? We aren’t super picky on this one. I think the venue is the most important for us b/c we want something we love but don’t have a crazy budget. We already have some catering, photographer, DJ friends that might be able to help us out.
4. Any and all advice is welcome!
P.S. We aren’t your typical, predictable couple. We’ve spent the past couple weekends picking out/designing rings together. We’ve talked about have a taco stand instead of an actual caterer b/c we and our families love tacos and we think it would be great for our budget. I’m also planning on DIYing decorations as much as I can because I love that stuff. So feel free to throw out original and out of the ordinary ideas as we are open to hearing just about anything at this point.