Hey everyone! Today’s post will be all about our wedding. I’m looking for ideas and tips to make sure that I am not missing anything. Since we are planning our wedding all by ourselves and are using W’s family’s property as a venue, planning is pretty much all up to us.
We don’t have someone to tell us if we are doing something wrong or if we should be doing something different, because there is no “venue coordinator” for our location. I’m also not interested in hiring someone to plan the whole thing because I would really much rather plan all of the details myself.
Sorry if this post seems like I’m rambling – it’s because I am.
I’m not sure if I will get flack for this, but I do plan on hiring a day-of coordinator so that I don’t have to deal with the craziness of the wedding on the actual wedding day. This person can help arrange the centerpieces, direct everyone with what they should be doing, make sure that everything is on schedule, and so on.
Also, if something happens that is weather-related, they can help fix whatever that problem is and I won’t have to freak out as bad.
We plan on buying lawn games from Etsy (there are some for sale there that are nice and can be custom-made for your wedding). I do think the lawn games will be fun for wedding guests after the ceremony when we are taking our pictures.
What lawn games would you want to see at a wedding?
I haven’t really thought of a back up plan. Even if we had a ginormous tent, bad weather could still ruin our plans. We are really hoping for perfect weather, and I know that’s a long shot.
June in Missouri can either mean that it’s nice weather or extremely hot 100 degree days. If it was that hot, we would definitely need air conditioning for our tents. Does anyone have any idea how much this would cost?
We don’t want it to be too muddy, because that of course would create a huge mess.
Also, if it rains too much, then the roads will flood (as they often do whenever it rains), and it would make it impossible to get to the wedding.
So, if anything weather related happened (mainly just rain), then we would have to have backup venue. Of course, this issue arrises with almost any outdoor ceremony and reception, but it still does scare me!
We will have to find a place nearby that would allow us to have an indoor reception at the last moment. Has anyone ever done this? How does the fee usually work out since it’s a backup plan? Or did you just risk the weather and not have a backup plan?
Where we are having our wedding, there is a very long windy road that I hardly ever see cars on, unless it is someone in the family. There is no cell phone service at W’s grandma’s property, so each person calling a taxi would probably not work out. Also, a limo or shuttle might be a little difficult to get back there as well. We do need to think of a ride arrangement just in case anyone is unable to drive after the wedding.
We might have to call a taxi and have it prearranged for them to show up, or designate someone for this job to shuttle people to the nearest hotel.
I don’t know how many vegetarians will be attending, and we really want catered BBQ at our wedding. What are some vegetarian type foods that we should have? If you are a vegan or vegetarian, what do you like to see at a wedding?
What tips do you have for an outdoor wedding? Anything that you have seen that you did not like?
Here are some pictures for our wedding inspiration:
Source: Beau and Arrow Events
Source: Wedding Chicks
Now that I’m self-employed, I can pretty much work wherever I want to – I just need my laptop (well, and money). I can manage my business while traveling! I’m also finally going to be able to fulfill one of my dreams!
It won’t be long-term like we wanted (that will happen some day!), but it will be around two to three months. We will be trying to leave in January, so you can only guess that we are scrambling to get everything done and actually make some plans.
I’m really hoping that this does not fall through. We are getting married in the beginning of June of 2014, so this traveling will be right beforehand.
So, I haven’t done much wedding planning so far, and I need to get some wedding contracts started (tent, chairs, tables, food, drinks, music, video, and much, MUCH more). If I don’t get this done, then the trip may have to wait a little bit, because if I wait until the trip is over, well, then it would only be a month or two until the wedding. Planning an outdoor wedding in one or two months for over 200 people would be VERY difficult.
The other excuse that we kept using was that we didn’t have someone to watch the dogs. Well, now my sister and her boyfriend will be watching the dogs and house (so, yes, he will be moving in also) for us while we are gone.
That makes it so much easier for us because we won’t have to shuffle the dogs around to people.
There are many places that we are thinking about traveling to. We want to go to countries in Central America, countries in South America, South Africa, Thailand, France, Italy, Germany and pretty much everywhere else.
Before you make fun of me, I also really want to visit where the movie the Beach was filmed – Ko Phi Phi. We also need to look into hotels to book and may start with hotels in Causeway Bay.
Yes, that is a lot of places. We don’t plan on going to all of those places, because I would prefer to spend a little more time in each country instead of just a couple of days. Staying longer will also make it easier to work while we are traveling.
We also can’t decide if we want to do even longer stays (such as every 3 weeks) or stay about one week in each country that we go to. Longer stays mean that we could save time by not having to spend a ton of time traveling, and it also means that we could save money by not having to spend money on transportation as often.
We are also thinking about beach hopping and exploring Hawaii, Fiji, Australia and Thailand.
As you can tell, my mind is all over the place!
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Where would you travel to in January and February? Any tips for kind-of-long traveling?
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It has been awhile since my last Friday Question post. The last one was What’s Stopping You From Living Your Dream? Today’s question is wedding related.
This year must be the year of personal finance blog weddings and proposals, because there are so many of us! It’s an exciting time. I love all of the wedding posts that I’ve been seeing, and it’s interesting to see everyone’s different ideas.
Since I am a personal finance blogger, the topic of a wedding budget comes up a lot. At times I think about eloping, but then the next day I think about how much I want a really huge wedding. It probably drives W crazy that I am always changing my mind!
In January of this year, I published our wedding budget. I stated that I didn’t want to spend more than $20,000 and that it was very possible even though we will have over 250 guests.
I have already paid for my wedding dress, which was a little over $1,600. It arrived a couple of weeks ago and it definitely made me excited about the wedding. We also paid for half of our photographer’s fee, which is less than $2,000 (we got her at a STEAL and managed to book her before she became probably the most popular photographer in the STL area).
I think that we will be spending around $10,000 more for our wedding, so I definitely think that we will be able to come in under $20,000. I’m thinking about $3,000 for a tent and other rentals, $4,000 for food and alcohol (luckily we get to choose our own caterers and save money since we have our own venue), and then a bunch of extras that most likely won’t cost more than $3,000.
We plan on doing a lot of things ourselves, and thankfully we have been given some things for free (such as our venue, Save the Dates and invitations).
Related post: Jordann spent $4,500 on her wedding.
How much was your wedding? What do you regret spending money on?
Would you go back and elope? Or if you eloped, would you go back and have a big wedding?