We’re having a small wedding of only 28 invited guests. Our criteria was that if they weren’t immediate family or a friend-that-is-family, they were not invited.
We’re hosting somewhat of a “wedding weekend” from Friday night through Sunday where us and all of our guests will be staying at our venue, which is a rustic mountain lodge in the Adirondacks. The vibe is going to be casual, low-key and homey.
Friday night we’re BBQ-in. The morning of our wedding (Saturday), we plan on taking an easy hike up the mountain. Anyone who wants to join us is welcome.
Ceremony will be around 4:00 in the afternoon out on the lawn overlooking the mountains… it’s so beautiful that I don’t want to tarnish it with any decorations. Fiance will be wearing nice dark blue jeans, boots, a white button-down shirt with the sleaves rolled up, and a black vest. We have no bridal party at all.
For the reception, we are splurging on a super-nice meal as well as a full top shelf open bar. We are both major foodies so this was important to us. And the small number allowed us to provide for that on a budget.
We do anticipate some dancing and have hired a DJ, but it will not be a high-energy party. If people dance, then great! If not, it will be background music. I debated for a long time whether the expense and presence of a DJ was worth it and thought about iPod-ing it. But at the end of the day, I do not want to have to worry about music coordination that day (and I am strongly opposed to assigning ‘jobs’ to family and friends) and decided that the DJ was worth the investment for peace of mind and less work.
After dinner and cake cutting, everyone is going to move back outside where we are having a bon fire! We’ll chit chat, make s’mores, drink more beer and take in the day. Then people can go back to their rooms for the night when they’ve had enough, or stay out as late as they want.
Sunday morning we’re having brunch with everyone before checkout, and say our goodbyes to everyone. Monday the 7th we leave for our honeymoon 🙂