Post # 1
My fiance and I will be holding our wedding and reception at an elaborate vacation rental home near Zion National Park. The wedding will be limited to 50 of our closest friends and family. Our immediate family will be staying in the home for the 3 nights we have it and my fiance and I will be staying in a detached villa. We are planning to have a short outdoor ceremony about 10 or 11am, and a light buffet-style luncheon afterward. After that, we plan to change clothes and set out with our able-bodied guests to hike, zip-line, ATV and seek out the adventures the surrounding area has to offer. Later we will come back and have a dinner that my future mother in law and some of our other family members have offered to prepare, sit around the fire pit, drink wine, and celebrate.
Though I have a formal wedding gown, we are going for an outdoorsy-casual feel. We don’t plan to have the standard wedding party, garter toss, first dance, etc…
We planned to DIY, but are now debating hiring a wedding planner. No one will rent out just chairs so our guests dont have to stand. The quote we got was $1700, including chairs, tables, linens, audio, dining ware, and clean up for the day of the wedding. This is a good deal, but it’s still $1700 we didn’t plan to spend.
Would you wonderful ladies be willing to share your opinions on foregoing the wedding planner? Maybe having guests stand for the short ceremony? (note: it may be 80 + degrees) Any ideas to make it more wedding like? I really want this to not be so informal it’s cheesy, yet it seems that the tables, linens, etc may not be necessesary. The bar alone in the kitchen seats 14, there is a dining room open to that that I believe seats 10, and then there are various other places to sit throughout the home and patio area.
Thank you all for your ideas and opinions!
Post # 3
Welcome to the Hive! Sorry, that is a tough tough choice. Maybe if we can see more of what your wedding vision is we can help you better. Do you have any inspirational pictures to share that may help us help you?
Post # 4
@tksjewelry: Thank you! Here is a link to the home http://www.vrbo.com/353689
as far as decor goes, I’m going for a rustic, simple, and earthy feel… other than that, I don’t have many ideas. I really appreciate your help!
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I’m a little confused – does the $1700 include hiring a wedding planner, or is it just for rentals? Would you have to pay a fee in addition to the $1700 to hire a wedding planner?
We’re a little under 2 weeks from our wedding, and at this point I am so so glad that we hired a day-of coordinator. She hasn’t done the full wedding planning – I’ve hired all of our vendors and made our decorations – but she will be there on the day of the wedding to make sure everything runs smoothly, and she’ll help with set-up and clean-up. It’s really nice to relax and enjoy these last couple weeks of being engaged without having to worry about too many of the wedding-day logistics. Also, setting up and cleaning up after 50 people is a lot of work – even when I have dinner parties for just 20 people, it seems to take an awfully long time to get ready, and even longer to clean up. If you want to be able to enjoy zip-lining and all of the (fun!!!) activities you’ve planned, you should definitely consider hiring someone else to set everything up for you so you aren’t burdened with worrying about setting up and being a good hostess.
As far as rentals go, if you think the ceremony will be longer than 10-15 minutes, especially since it’ll be so hot, it would be nice to provide chairs for your guests. If the wedding were just your family and only 10 people would be in attendance, it would be easy to drag out 10 chairs out of the house, but 50 people is a lot of chairs. Especially if you have any older guests, you want to make sure they’re comfortable. It’s also really nice to have all of the dishes, tables, etc. taken care of and have someone outside of your family responsible for clean-up – that’ll allow everyone else you’ve invited to be able to relax and enjoy the trip! However, if you are really not able to fork over $1700, you could also set up picnic blankets – with pillows for older guests – instead of chairs for the ceremony, like this:
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Just want to say that I’m not sure, but FUN! Can I come to your wedding?!?! It sounds awesome!!! Good luck figuring out the issue at hand. I think part of it really depends on your crowd. Are they easy-going people, mostly younger and able-bodied? Will they happily pitch in and help coordinate everything? Or are they more traditional and might expect standard wedding fare like tables to sit at, not needing to help set anything up, etc?
Post # 7
Thank you for all of your help! You ladies are great! That $1700 includes the wedding planning and all of the rentals, set up, take down, taxes, etc.. All of our guests are quite able-bodied, even our elderly ones are quite spry. However, there will be quite a few children and a couple of infants. With my new perspective, I realize a guest standing outside with an infant on their hip in 80+ degree weather may not be one’s idea of fun…
You guys are right about the clean up issue too. My Future Mother-In-Law has offered to handle all of that, but with her unpredictable health, I’d hate to have her exhaust herself and have a medical emergency (and at such a remote location too..). I want her to enjoy the wedding, and I’m sure you guys know a happy Future Mother-In-Law means a happy bride! LOL