This sounds like my parents wedding, to be honest. They were married at the court house and did a backyard BBQ after where all their friends celebrated with them not by bringing gifts, but by bringing food and drink so I feel you on the bring your own food/drink. Many people in our families and friends have asked what “stuff” we want for gifts. Honestly, I’d rather if they want to get us something, they bring a bottle of wine for us to all sit around and enjoy together than more… “stuff”.
Kudos to you guys for making your day work for YOU and doing what makes you guys happy. 🙂
For our wedding, we are doing as much DIY and on sale shopping as possible.
No limo, bridal party, dj, videographer, menus, programs, wedding planner, save the dates, hair, make up.
Found a lot of goodies on sale or clearance at Michael’s to DIY – bouquet, centerpiece flowers, boutineer, favors, cake topper, invites, rsvps, guestbook, bow ties for the dogs, etc. Using the china sets I already own and picked up some real silverware at Sam’s – $7 for 32 real forks! Groom already owns a tux, and my dress was on sale at David’s for around $250.
Purchasing plastic cups, napkins, serve ware from smartyhadaparty and a catering set from Sam’s. All food will come from Sam’s as well – Jack Daniel’s BBQ with sauce, buns, baked beans, veggies, fruit and veggie trays, cookies, soda, water. Beer/wine will be purchased at the grocery store.
The venue which we are getting married includes 5 hours time for ceremony & reception, photographer, delicious cake, officiant, bouquet and boutineer, tables, chairs, linens, set up, tear down, and clean up for $1750!