After speaking to my mother and Jeremy about my wedding concerns, we have decided that since I have not signed any contracts yet, we are going to move in another direction. First of all, we are going to move our wedding forward a month or two so that it will be warm enough to have an outdoor wedding, which is what I always dreamed of. We are considering a few outside locations, but if none of them work, we’re probably just going to hold the reception in our back yard. So this year, I’ll be gardening with a purpose. I guess I always have a purpose, but I’ll have even more purpose this year.
A back yard wedding will save fantastic amounts of money. We pretty much will only have to rent tables and chairs, which is about $1100 cheaper than the reception hall was. We also will be able to let people serve themselves out of kegs, vastly reducing our alcohol costs. We can bring in our own caterer without issue, and our patio should make a decent dance floor. We can decorate the day before, or even days before. Because we’re saving so much, we’re going to switch our wedding to a Saturday, meaning we can start earlier, and get more partying in before noise ordinances are an issue.
The only things I’m concerned about is parking and how the neighbors will feel. I think I can appease most of my neighbors by inviting them. As for parking, I think the best option will be to encourage people to car pool (which is green! I’ve been worried my wedding isn’t green enough). I’m thinking we may have 130 or so guests (apparently, a lot more of Jeremy’s family is going to come than we originally thought), and they’ll probably be arriving in 50 to 60 cars. Anything we can do to cut that down will be great, because parking isn’t exactly abundant in our neighborhood. I should also verify with our HOA that this is going to be cool. Or maybe I shouldn’t. Better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission sometimes. There are things about our yard they don’t know about, and I don’t want them to (our beehive, cough, cough).
So as it stands right now, we’re probably going to be doing a back yard wedding. I feel much better about this.