Post # 1
Has anyone done this? I’m worried about the logistics of it, like parking, etc. My SO has a huge family and they all live in the area. I don’t think either of us has a family member or friend with a large enough home and backyard to accommodate everyone. We certainly don’t, though we plan to move soon.
I’m jumping the gun here because I’m waiting for my SO to propose, which will likely not happen for a few months. I just want to be ready for the inevitable discussion, which is probably that we need to find a place to have a party like a hall or something. I’m thinking when the time comes we should just draw up the guestlist and let it speak for itself! Why make the case when I can let the numbers speak for themselves?
Also, I’m wondering if the cost of renting chairs, a tent, and any other equipment we might need will end up being more than just renting a venue.
Jumping the gun, like I said, but really want to have plans in my mind about how to deal with these scenarios. I want more than anything to avoid the stressed out wedding planning thing.
Post # 3
when the time comes, you and your SO can research these details together. and depending on how long your engagement is, you will have time to plan, unless you have like a 3 month engagement lol. don’t borrow trouble that might not happen 🙂
Post # 4
Parking is a tough one but a shuttle from a nearby large parking lot could work. Tent rental depending the area could easily be 5000$. Chairs can be 3$ a piece not including covers or pretier chair models. Tables I cant remember the cost but I think its easily around 10$ a piece. Outdoor weddings can become very expensive very fast but keep in mind food cost at some venues can be a pretty penny too.
Post # 5
Carefully consider the bathroom situation as you think over your options. Most homes aren’t set up to handle bathroom use by a big crowd of folks, so you’d need to rent a port-a-potty. There’s tons of threads on the ‘bee about this topic but the short version is, they’re not cheap and even if you pay more or the fanciest ones, man people find them icky.
Personally I’d not want to go to the stress and expense of planning a wedding only to have guests remember the port-a-potties before they remember the good time they had.
Post # 6
look into your local LDS ward- they will let you use there gym and kitchen and tabels and linens- you’ll have to spice it up a bit but you can make it look super nice!
Post # 7
If you are considering having a backyard party, think of picnic tables. Depending on your theme, using picnic tables from friends, family members, and neighbors could be easy and FREE!! And lets face it, who doesn’t love free? They could be part of the decor too. They are long enough to decorate with simple table runners and centerpieces and with a variety of different styles and colors, that could be a fun touch. Good luck.