(Closed) Small intimate wedding, what do guests expect?

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

What about an upscale “picnic” in a garden?  Mini pulled pork sliders, pink lemonade, spiked iced sweet tea, etc…  The amount of food you serve depends on the time of day.  I love small weddings.  Have fun with it!  With a small crowd games would be fun.  Especially a croquet (sp)  tourney!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@myluverbuny:  We are having an Afternoon Tea for our Reception, PM me and I will give you the details. Smile

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

We went small & elegant, but had a very large BBQ that summer for everyone else.  I think you should do whatever speaks to you both as a couple, if he wants BBQ but your looking for a little more of a top drawer feel, why not find a caterer that puts a sophisticated spin on BBQ fare?  Pulled pork sliders, an asian cole slaw some roasted veggies and a gourmet mac and cheese would be divine, unique and just the thing for an afternoon wedding. 

Hanging lanters, flower petals and intimate picnic tables with canopies could give an ordinary backyard a very romantic feel, throw in some nice music, a help yourself bar and you’ve got a backyard wedding with a very elegant spin!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

All guests expect out of a wedding is to see you get married, to be fed, and to be given the chance to celebrate (some do that with dancing and booze).

For location I’d recommend checking out your local B&B’s to see if you can find one with a gorgeous garden or view! And I LOVE the picnic idea. You could prepare salads the day before (add dressing just before serving), make little sandwiches with the crusts cut off….super cute. I love the idea someone said above about a gourmet mac & cheese too! There are so many little things you could do here! You could have a lemonade stand! :O

@Nona99:  +1. I now want  to eat everything you just listed *drool*

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

What about a spit roast? Then there’s the casual laid back atmosphere of a bbq, but at the same time there are servers and chefs taking care of it all. They usually have packages with salads, vegetables, cakes and vreads as well as the meat, and from what i’ve seen are very well priced. Seems like a good middle ground to me =)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

What about a spit roast? Then there’s the casual laid back atmosphere of a bbq, but at the same time there are servers and chefs taking care of it all. They usually have packages with salads, vegetables, cakes and breads as well as the meat, and from what i’ve seen are very well priced. Seems like a good middle ground to me =)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

What about a spit roast? Then there’s the casual laid back atmosphere of a bbq, but at the same time there are servers and chefs taking care of it all. They usually have packages with salads, vegetables, cakes and breads as well as the meat, and from what i’ve seen are very well priced. Seems like a good middle ground to me =)

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Fiance & I also disagree on these types of things, so over the years we’ve compromised and thrown several “upscale barbecues.” (In my mind, mini foods instantly appear a little more elegant.) Instead of a veggies tray, do pre-sliced veggie sticks in tall shot glasses with ranch or hummus. Instead of a big bowl of salad, do small romaine wedges with blue cheese and bacon. To class up regular pulled pork, we get small yeast rolls and serve mini bbq sandwiches on trays. (If you are DIYing the food, buy or make pulled pork & throw it in a crockpot with sauce. Carolina style vinegar bases sauces work really well and tend to keep things really moist without being messy! Easy to assemble & cheap considering how many they feed!) Strawberry balsamic bruschetta with goat cheese, mini crab cakes, mini quiches… there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and other sites!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

@Penelopeee:  I like this idea. kind of a great gatsby theme… spiked drinks, non-spiked drinks, and lawn games. there are non-cheesy sorts of lawn games… i am a big bocci fan.

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