- 2 years ago
- Wedding: June 2018
I’m pretty frugal, and I want to have a fun wedding without spending a ton of money. My neighborhood pool is about $300 to rent for private parties from 8pm until Midnight. Is this a crazy venue for a reception? There is a local rose garden you can book for free about a mile and a half away. My plan would be to have a short ceremony there around 7:30, then head to the pool for a fun, casual ceremony.
I could decorate the pool before (hopefully hire a day of coordinator to do a lot of it right before while I’m getting ready?) I’m thinking lots of lights and fun, colorful decorations. I’d like to have 2 or 3 food trucks. Right now I’m thinking a pizza truck and a taco truck. I’d like to also set out some snack stuff like watermelon, chips and veggies and dips and guacamole, pita and hummus, maybe a pasta salad? My sisters bake a lot and love to do it so they could do a cupcake display, though I have also thought of an ice cream truck if there ends up being room in the budget.
We can bring our own alcohol, though I’d prefer no glass to prevent that potential mess, so cans of beer and cider, different types of boxed wines (I’ve been googling types that aren’t awful) and seveal dispensers of mixed drinks. Plus of course soft drinks, water and lemonade. I think I would like to hire a “bartender” to help with this to make sure it goes smoothly.
We have an audio set up we could use, and there is plenty of space for it and a dance area, and I think we would do a playlist with no DJ.
It would be a realativly small guest list, inviting 60-70 people. Most are local. I’d expect it to be very casual. I don’t care if people swim or not, but I would give everyone a heads up so they could bring swimsuits. If room in the budget, I’d love to give beach towels as favors. There are changing rooms and a men’s and women’s bathroom with 3 stalls each, which is more than a lot of the “budget” venues I’ve looked into.
There is a big, free parking lot and it is right in the middle of town, which are also big pluses that are hard to find. There are some covered areas already, but I’ve also looked into renting a tent in case of bad weather, though I’d definitely be hoping for clear skies!
I’d love to keep the budget under $5,000. What would you think if you were invited to an event like this? My parents were skeptical at first, but as they realized just the venue cost of most places was several thousand, they are coming around. My SO likes the idea, but is open to pretty much anything. If we don’t do this, we will probably do the reception at a restuarant. I’d love to hear what you think!