- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I’m going to preface this by saying that I know that I have bride brain going on right now. I’m worrying about everything wedding-related. Like laying awake all night thinking about it and having nightmares when I actually do sleep. I had made peace with it and stopped stressing so much, then I started reading the thread this morning about the wedding horror stories. Now I am so nervous we’re making the same mistakes :S
1) We’re not serving a full “dinner.” Our reception will start around 3pm. We are doing fruit/vegetable trays, Build your own mini sandwiches with croissants, meats and cheeses, tuna salad, and chicken salad. Chips & Dip, Chips & Salsa…just snacky type stuff, buffet style. We will have a chocolate fountain catered. It is the large chocolate fountain with TONS of dipping items. We will have cake, nuts, homemade mints, and a lot of cake pops. Everything we have, there will be large quantities of, it’s just not really a dinner.
2) With the exception of the chocolate fountain caterers, there won’t be any hired servers. FI’s mom has a group of friends who helped out at the weddings of each other’s children, and they offered to serve the food at ours. We are having paper plates and plastic silverware, so all they really will have to do is set the food out and refill it as necessary. I’ve met some of them and they seem like really responsible, nice ladies.
3)Since We are having an afternoon reception and not a full dinner, we don’t plan on having a dj or really a lot of dancing. He and I will share our first dance, I will dance with my dad, and we will do an anniversary dance. Of course we will have a space for a dance floor and music playing all night so anyone can dance if they’d like, but we’re not really having a dedicated “dance.”
4) We’re not having a lot of alcohol. We were thinking we’d probably just serve plenty of wine…maaaaybe beer. But again, it’s in the afternoon and it’s not really a heavy dinner. We will have plenty of other things to drink (water, tea, lemonade, and punch) Are people really going to go vent about us to others because they couldn’t get trashed at our afternoon reception? I hope not :/
5) Our reception venue isn’t very venue-y. We’re having our reception in the gym of our church. So basically it looks like a school cafeteria. There’s a lot of natural light and I think it will look pretty once we have it decorated, but there’s no getting around it looking like a gym/cafeteria.
We’re just really trying to do this wedding on a budget. So far we have zero debt going into this marriage and we don’t want to go into debt just for the wedding. I just still want it to be enjoyable for us and all of our guests. I don’t know if I’m wanting ideas, advice, or just support that it will be ok if it’s not perfect. I just need to worry aloud to someone else. Thanks hive 🙂