- 1 year ago
So, were doing a sort of very non traditional wedding set up with the scheduling and venue. Just looking to get people’s opinions I guess, and perhaps any tips on the logistics and getting everything to go smoothly.
So our wedding is taking place at a beautiful state park in the mountains. Exactly what we had always envisioned. We’re very outdoorsy people and love the location. We’re getting married under a pavilion with picnic bench seating. Immediately after, we are serving dinner, non-alcoholic drinks (the wedding has to be dry due to the venue), and doing the cake/dessert as well. Various lawn games will be offered, and there are many beautiful things to go explore (a very scenic beautiful bridge, a lake all within 1-2 minutes walking distance).
After 2-3 hours, we are packing up and heading to a brewery tap room we rented out for the evening. It’s here we will offer appetizers, snacks, and limited open bar. This is also where we plan to do our first dance, and open up a dance floor.
I realize we will likely lose some people between the wedding and the after party, and that’s okay with me. I sort of have friends and family in both camps, the drinking/partying dancing type and the…. Not so much that type, heh. So I’m fine if we lose even over half of our guests. We are still providing a meal, dessert, activities, favors, and of course the ceremony all at the park. The only thing different we are providing at the brew house is alcohol and dancing/dance floor. Also, everyone is invited, so it’s not like we’re excluding anyone, just a matter of whether or not they want to come.
I do really love this idea and feel that it is almost the best of both worlds, as Fiance and I are very outdoorsy but also love to go to pubs and have good brew. I think it’s an amazing mesh of who we are and how we love to celebrate.
That being said, I am running into a couple of logistics problems. The first being, that this day is going to be very LONG. I’m not sure if it would be a good idea to have a break in between, to allow people to go home/change/relax a bit before coming out to the brew house (if they wish). Or if it might be better to go right to the brew house afterwards so as to end the night a bit earlier. Id be okay with either option, I’m not sure how my guests would feel though. And changing it wouldn’t be that big of a deal (the times are on the invitation but nothing a simple announcement at the park won’t fix).
My one other problem is that the Brewhouse is kind of up my butt about a head count, which I don’t blame them for. I will have an official headcount for the wedding but there’s no real easy way to tell if people will come to the Brewhouse afterwords. In retrospect, I should have included an option to check on the invitation, but too little too late. I also like the idea that if people want to come party, they can come, if not, then they don’t have to. They really just want a headcount because we need to pre-pay for appetizers and a coffee bar (it’s per person). I wish they offered an option where we can purchase things throughout the night based on turn out and just pay the tab at the end. So not too sure how to handle this, either. I’m just thinking maybe I should do a gross overestimation and will just have to eat it if not that many people show.
Sorry it’s so long! But what do you need think? Any advice?