Post # 1
So in the midst of wedding planning.
So my SO is a farm boy (we are from Australia) and his parents own over 100 acres of land and offered us it for the wedding (which is a win because its free) also because i want a boho style farm wedding. I was thinking about getting married under the trees, there will be seating for about half out guests and then just standing, but i dont want my ceremony to go for very long anyway.
Now for the reception, we want to have it at the same spot. My Future Father-In-Law has offered us two sheep to cook on the spit (this is the norm for our family anyway and everybody who would be coming would be fine with lamb for dinner) it would be served in bed rolls with salad. I would also make little nibbles for the guests to snack on while photos where getting taken, wedding cake would be the dessert. We plan to hire a big marquee/teepee with some seats tables, haybails, picnic rugs for guests to sit and relax. We also plan on hiring several waiters to serve food and drinks.
Now the issue i have is that the property is 4 hours away from where we and most of our guests live, but the town is full of hotels, motels, caravan parks and camping grounds so people arent going to be stranded and of course we will give them months of notice. My major issue is that their entire property is run on generators, and i want things like photo booth, music and lights (probaly just white christmas lights).
We would then of course hire a courtersy bus to take our guests back to their hotels in town.
What do you think, is it doable or am i dreaming? Budget is a big thing.
Post # 2
You need a seat for every butt. Your ceremony may not be long, but your guests will be there long before you.
Also, I was so busy in the days leading up to my wedding, I cannot imagine also cooking the “nibbles.” Are you sure you want to do that yourself?
Post # 3
That sounds really fun and I’d be down for all of that. Except agree with PP not having enough seating for everyone is a pet hate of mine. No matter how short the ceremony will be. I think it’s totally doable
Post # 4
Chairs for every guest. They may arrive early and be waiting.
Are there no vegetarians or vegans? How are you keeping flies off the food?
Are the generators powerful enough?
What about a marquee for the reception? Edit : missed mention of marquee. I find hay really sire to sit on.
It’s a destination wedding so make provision for transport and weather.
What about toilets?
Post # 5
I don’t see why you couldn’t make this work. It would need a lot more thought that just picking an all-inclusive venue, but can definitely be done. My friend had a marquee in a botanical garden. Some things to think about…
– Seats for everyone
– Don’t make the nibbles yourself – I baked bulk brownies for my wedding, which are the easiest thing and can all be done in advance but it was still really stressful. Just don’t.
– Are there toilets?
– Weather? Bugs?
– Plates and cutlery?
Walk yourself through the day and try to imagine every little thing you will need.
Post # 6
All I keep thinking of is the Australian heat and those snakes..
Post # 7
Thanks for your input i will get enough chairs for everyone.
I will pick a time during the year where is isnt too hot, and snakes are just a normal part of Australia but we will be extra cautious lol
Food will be kept in my inlaws house and just brought out when needed
I will be purchasing all crockery and each person will have a glass given to them at the start of the night which will be refilled
Portaloos will be hired for the day but his parents have a toilet if needed
If the weather isnt nice to us we will have the marquee set up and used that if we need too
I wont be making the nibbles myself, bad wording on my half. Ill hire a caterer to bring them
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
Your wedding sounds like it would be a lot of fun, just get seating for all of your guests it would make everyone more comfortable and your guests are there way before you arrive
Post # 9
laurenthurbon : hey fellow aussie bee 😁
This was originally our dream as we have family property! Just keep in mind that this is Not the budget way of doing things. Once we tallied up the costs I nearly fell off my chair. We are now doing a cocktail dinner reception at a country pub for roughly half the price. Marquees to hire, generators, tables, chairs, TOILETS (id forgot about those) etc all cost an arm and a leg. It is also the stressful way of doing things, so much left to chance.
If it’s your dream then do it and rock It, but don’t do it because you think it will be cheaper and/or easier.
Post # 10
I think this sounds like an awesome wedding!! You say budget is a big thing. I would go ahead and find vendors for the portable potties, possibly extra generators, photobooth, etc. and add up the costs to see if that fits within your budget. Don’t forget a photographer, DJ, cost of the cake, etc. If you can make it do budget wise, I think it sounds like a lot of fun! Congrats!!
Post # 11
Glad to see you’ll up your chair count, but I’d second that for the reception. Don’t make anyone sit on a rug, and ideally I’d want a back to my seat and not just a hay bale. I’m not old, but I have neck/back/hip issues due to a car accident. No comfy seat for dinner and I’d have to tap out early.
Post # 12
This sounds lovely.
a close friend of mine did a DIY wedding at her DH’s grandparents farm.
Pros: it was soooo personal, nothing was generic because they had done it themselves. There is a wood behind the farm and they bought cheap mirrors from eBay and hung them up. It was like Alice in wonderland. They also bought a cheap, old piano (which is broken) and put it in the woods. They had some STUNNNING photos taken of them at the piano. They also had huge hay bales stacked on top of one another we had the photos with the bridal party taken on the hay bales, the bride and groom on the top haybale and me and the other bridal party on hale bales lower down. They got massive garden games to play during the reception such a snakes and ladders, Jenga etc .
cons:- It took them WEEKS to arrange it all. They both had 2 weeks off work before the wedding just to set it up and the a few days off afterwards to pack it all up. What will you do about alcohol? My friend bought in all their alcohol and then had waiters working at the bar. It was very stressful for them both, the groom is in his speech said ‘one word of advice. Never DIY a wedding. I’ve gotta say I’m glad life will be back to normal soon’. I’m not meaning to put you off. It was absolutely stunning and one of the best weddings and most personal weddings I’ve been to….but it’s a lot of work.
Post # 13
Make sure you have restrooms thought out.