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SSheila 05-10-2007 10:06 AM

Wedding reception ideas
You guys always seem to have bright ideas and good solutions, so Rich and I wanted to toss this question out there.

We're looking for a place for our wedding reception. We've booked a ceremony location; the wedding will take place in an historic church from the 1890s that's been moved to a "heritage park" in Lake Forest.

We COULD have the reception on the lawn there. But the wedding is at 11 am on September 2. The lawn area has no shade and a stable is just next door, so we think it might be a bit, um, fragrant on a hot summer day.

We considered having it at our home, but we don't want to be "hosts" in that way on our wedding day and we're not sure our deck would support the weight of the whole gathering. It's a long way down...

Our wedding will be small, about 50 people. We're not big drinkers, so we probably won't do a bar..maybe just a champagne toast. We're shooting for simple and dignified, since we've both been married before.

And we'd prefer to not have a 12K catering bill.


Menzies 05-10-2007 11:15 AM

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One of those dinner cruise boats. Bus them over to Dana Point. Shouldn't be too bad for lunch and a free drink for 50.

Alternatively, can you book the old Mission at San Juan Capistrano for a buffet and punch?

farmerjane 05-10-2007 11:39 AM

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DANG~!! You could have it right here at OUR PLACE!! :grin: We've got two party ports, a smoker, and 27 acres.....makes for lots o' parkin' spots and FUN!! However, I suppose it's a little much to ask your guests to travel that far, eh...? ;? :trout:'s an "idea" ~ In your invitations have your guests dress for the occasion (casual!) and have them bring a picnic lunch to share at a nearby park or possibly even the beach and have a champagne toast there and a little fun to boot~? Since the wedding is at 11am everyone will be ready for some lunch by the time it's over. Have all of them bring the lunch and you supply the cake and drinks (water, sodas, and champagne).

Just an idea ~ I'm not the "bright" when it comes to plannin' weddin's - just enjoy a great get-together with friends and family. :grin:

Whatever you decide to do - KEEP IT SIMPLE and HAVE FUN!!
THAT'S what it's all about~ :grin: :thumbsup:


Themis Sal 05-10-2007 11:46 AM

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I like:

1) Casual 2) walk around served hours d'erves(sp?) 3) wine and beer 4) soft music that matches your backgrounds or taste. A strolling Spanish Guitarist? Traditional Irish Folk Music and dancers? A Reunion of Poison? Courtney Love works cheap nowadays from what I understand.

I love outdoor ceremonies! Have a florist bring a few Oleanders or Lilac plants if you are worried about smell.

SSheila 05-10-2007 11:50 AM

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Thanks everybody....keep the ideas coming!

TN FREEBIRD 05-10-2007 02:05 PM

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I'm assuming you guys like boating, so the idea of a dinner cruise seems to be a good one.

When I got married, I moved our boat to another marina and decorated it with banners and bows. I surprised my wife with it, and we drove it to our wedding reception still dressed in tux and gown to the restaurant at our marina where we had our reception. We spent our wedding night on the boat then headed to Grand Cayman the next day. Too bad we lost that spark as that was the most memorable day of my life.

One other thing you may want to consider is renting a houseboat if they are available in your area. I did that for my younger brother when he got married. They had their wedding ceremony at a local waterfront park, then we all loaded up on the houseboat for a little reception party. They spent their wedding night on the boat (tied to my dock!) and really enjoyed it.

In any event, good luck and congrats on your upcoming wedding! :thumbsup:

cerichcreek 05-10-2007 03:45 PM

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You could also rent a party/convention room at a local hotel and have it there. Provides your guests with A/C and a little more "organized" atmosphere. Alternatively you could just rent large tents for the reception area where you will have your wedding and find a place that does inexpensive catering -- doesnt have to be 12K !! Decorations can be bought very inexpensively at a Dollar Tree or Dollar Stop.. .... :)

Eyeball 05-10-2007 08:59 PM

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Your house, and that is what bride’s maids are do the stuff that needs doing so that you can enjoy your day. It's NOT their day, it is YOUR day!

The best wedding I have ever attended had everyone go from the church to the bride/groom’s home where catered tables had been set up earlier that morning by neighbors, flowers set up by another neighbor, catered food served by the wedding party except for the b&g.

It was the least expensive, most fun, and the best wedding because lots of people volunteered their time and whatever to make it happen for the couple. Overall it was a lot less polished than any other wedding I have been to (I've been to hundreds, literally) but it still stands out as the best. :thumbsup:

I've been to a similar wedding held in a barn on an island off the coast of Seattle, but for that wedding everyone dressed casual, as if for a hoedown. It wasn't as much fun. I think people should dress (up) appropriately for weddings.

Mist-Rest 05-10-2007 09:23 PM

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One of the best parties I've been at was our wedding. It was designed for a party and she didn't drink. Then. (we had drinking) Friends still talk about it to this day. :thumbsup:

Outdoors is great if the weather works. Mine was horrible in the AM and cleared at 11:30. We had tents, dance floor, stage, and a band. I knew the lead singer/player. Porti's for the guys and inside the house for the girls, we had a septic system and dad was nervous. I've never been to the "other coast". I don't know your weather. Sept on this side is great. (I'm 9-15-00)

Catering is affordable when YOU control the menu. If you do it at your home base, leave the BS up to the caterer. I'm here for some big events (fund raisers up to 250 sitting in a private home) and they do a very good job when given proper direction. It's all about the details!

An off site gig is less work but you pay someone for it. A boat cruise with that size party could be a real blast.

It's all about the budget. :(

Have a nice time. I wouldn't trade most of the last 17 years with anyone.

autobaun70 05-10-2007 11:10 PM

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one of my favorite weddings I have ever been to was for one of my cousins. The reception was at her parents house, and was very casual. Traditional church wedding, then for the reception it was a well organized BBQ. The guy's, groom included cooked the meat. The other fixin's were done in advance. The cooking was finished up several hours before the ceremony, we then pulled the pork, and put it all in foil lined coolers, which kept it hot. A few designees were responsible for putting out the food, wine and beer kept everyone occupied.

cerichcreek 05-11-2007 12:22 AM

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My wedding was really fun. Held it at the Community Park in the home village we lived in in the Keys. Tiki huts on a canal. My maid of honor, her mother, her grandmother, her mother-in-law, and my soon to be mother in law did the decorating, cake ordering, etc. We had a Cuban feast of chicken and yellow rice, meatballs, salad, bread veggies, diet Pepsi. IT was a lot like a family reunion only more fun because not everyone was related so they got along better!!! After the reception, everyone went home, changed clothes and came back to our house in shorts and T's, had leftover cake, Pepsi and punch and watched us open our wedding gifts. Then after dark we set off fireworks since it was July 2. The kids played kick the can.

sixpack324 05-11-2007 10:21 PM

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Me and the Admiral ar eboth on #2...........
Wedding on the Beach in LBI NJ, during a Hurricane............Yes a Hurricane
Reception at a local restaurant..................

and then onto Atlantic City .........................

and back to work on Monday

rkatz 05-12-2007 01:22 AM

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Don't know much about wedding planning, but good luck to ya. And, oh yeah, one of the best parties I ever went to, not a wedding but a bris (a jewish ceremony) was outside in the middle of summer in Florida. Tents were set up for the guests which kept it cool and there was a Mariachi Band singing. I thought it was very cool and the guests had a blast.

farmerjane 05-12-2007 06:35 AM

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Wedding.....Bris......some would say they're pretty much the same thing. ;? :o

:jk: Sorry - couldn't help myself on that one. HA!

Hey Sheila ~ looks like you're gettin' some REALLY GREAT ideas now!

Whatever you decide to do just REMEMBER! WE WANT PICTURES!! :grin: :thumbsup:

FearNaut 05-12-2007 10:12 AM

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Thanks, everyone. Jane, you're right. It IS helpful :) Maybe I can get Rich to post a pic of my ring, for's, um, gorgeous :)

OOPS! Looks like I'm signed on as him...oh, well.

FearNaut 05-12-2007 02:28 PM

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Hmmm.....looks like Sheila made the same mistake I did the other day - posting under the wrong name!

And so it begins..........

farmerjane 05-12-2007 10:38 PM

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And the two shall become ONE ~ :grin: :thumbsup:


rkatz 05-12-2007 10:45 PM

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[QUOTE]farmerjane - 5/12/2007 6:35 AM

Wedding.....Bris......some would say they're pretty much the same thing. ;? :o

:jk: Sorry - couldn't help myself on that one. HA!

/QUOTE] :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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