(Closed) Wedding moved up

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I absolutely loved my wedding.  We had it outside of a cabin that wasn’t really a wedding venue.  We had about 40 guests and thought that would keep the cost way down.  If you are trying to keep the costs down I would suggest and inclusive venue.  With a DJ, caterer and the setup of the decor (tables, chairs, table cloths, centerpieces, cake table, guestbook table, etc) and everything the cost gets out of hand and on top of that the setup was a LOT.  Luckily I was shielded from it on the wedding day but after the fact when I realized what all my friends and family had to do to get everything set up I felt awful for causing them stress.

So anyway my point is that you CAN keep the cost down but the park wedding has a lot of opportunity to be really expensive.  Do they have picnic tables available and electric outlets?  Would you have a morning ceremony with a lunch reception?  Something I didn’t think about at mine was lighting at night and we had to get a bunch of cafe lights and hang them everywhere.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

We changed to a small park wedding too!

Find a caterer that will bundle everything up. We found one that does linen, china, set up, tear down, and the cake. This is all included in their 18 pp. I double checked the contract and with the caterer to make sure there would be no other fees. 

We are only having bridal bouquet and bouquet for my only bridesmaid. I am picking up the flowers from my local grocery store. 

Decor, I picked all of it up from either etsy or ebay. We can’t decorate the walls of the nature center, so that saved us some money as well. 

Zazzle.com for invites. They always have specials and include envelopes in the price.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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sarahramo:  you could also see if any food trucks (if you have any you like) in your area could do food for you! 

Post # 8
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7887 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think you could do a sandwich/picnic style reception if you had a lunch or mid-afternoon event. You could even do gourmet box lunches, which would be very easy to set up.

As for attire, you don’t have to do a traditional poofy dress. If it’s going to be outdoors, it might be more fitting to have an easygoing dress. I got 2 simple white dresses from Macy’s and Nordstrom websites for $350. Macy’s has lots of discount codes. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

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sarahramo:  Just wanted to say well done!  The number of women who have had their lives turned upside down and become totally stressed and upset by in- law interfence and control and and friends   being  prima donnas etc is legion.  

Now you are not going to be one of them.  Yay!

 

And rather a grand dress too.

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