- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
Hi everyone. Thanks to everyone who helped with my last post (here). I’ve been meaning to write an update for you. (All photos are my own).
So. Most of you told me to just elope, which surprised me, but apparently I’m a stubborn little bitch and I didn’t listen. I’ve found a new venue in a different town. And it’s nice enough, and practical, but not at all what I wanted. I know I should consider myself lucky to have found something at this stage, but I really wanted just an outdoor garden or lawn to have a nice picnic luncheon. What I’ve got is just a room. Admittedly, it’s a REALLY cheap room, and right on the water with an amazing view.
But it’s still just a room with the world’s tiniest dancefloor and the world’s ugliest chairs. And no glass for picnicking and lounging and basking.
SO. Just today I have come up with something which is somewhat of a compromise and I wanted to see what you thought. Need opinions and thoughts. Everyone here that I talk to (FI, mum, friends, etc) all just say some variation of “whatever you want, dear”. I’ve had enough of that.
So, the plan is… We have the ceremony here:
Public park. Ceremony at 2ish instead of the original 11am.
I stay and get ready here:
A holiday rental, available on our wedding weekend. This photo was taken just by me standing in the same spot and turning 180degrees. It opens directly onto the park.
Have ceremony, get married, yada yada. (YAY!)
We follow the ceremony immediately with an afternoon tea picnic in the park! I think we could self cater this quite easily, I’d just need a slave or 3 to carry the food out of the house, we’d just need a couple of tables, ceremony chairs could be used, and maybe a few picnic blankets for kids and youngies. Everyone could hang out and bask in the sun (hopefully) for a couple of hours. I’d get my picnic and grass. Then we’d use the ugly room to have a normal dinner reception, which I always wanted to avoid having at all costs, but I see no way out of it. All of our guests would have to travel so I imagine they wouldn’t like only having afternoon tea, hence the double reception. I guess the afternoon tea could be thought of as a cocktail hour(s) of sorts.
I don’t really think it would be all that much more expensive to feed everyone at 2 events. The afternoon tea food would be cheap and quite filling, so people would probably eat less at the dinner, which would probably still be substantial finger food (noodle boxes, mini burgers, etc).
The only real negative things I can think of are that I really didn’t want a dinner wedding. People will expect dancing, and I think dancing will be a lame flop at a wedding with only 45ish people. And I don’t know what else people do at night time weddings? Thoughts on this?
And also public parks on a day nice enough to have an outdoor wedding will probably = lots of people around and I’m not too into the idea of gawkers. We would have to make a booking to have the wedding there but that unfortunately doesn’t mean other people can’t come to the park. I can only hope that people will see a wedding set up and take their screaming kids elsewhere.
I think I’ve covered everything. What could I be forgetting?
Of course, if it rains, this plan will be scrapped and everything will be moved to the ugly room. Sadface. But at least we have a good backup plan.
I need your honest opinions – is it weird or stupid or fantastic or crazy. At this stage I don’t trust my thoughts or ideas at all. After all, I am compromising with myself, I must be nutso.
Also, tell me some easily self-caterable afternoon-tea foods!