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November 4, 2010 4:46 PM Subscribe
Cheap, awesome wedding ideas for a small group?
posted by ohsnapdragon to grab bag (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My partner and I want to have a commitment ceremony. We would get married, but it's illegal. What are you going to do.
We don't care about traditions, or having something extravagant. Here are the rules:
Optimal/acceptable for 25 - 40 people.
Cost about $3000 (or less obviously) including venue rental, food, alcohol, decorations, etc.
Be reasonably accessible from an airport - people will be flying in.
Fun, intimate, and relaxed, but not totally casual - legal stuff is out, the fancy party is all we've got!
Let us do the work - we don't like places where they use their own tacky decorations and boring china and ugly cake.
Our ideal wedding is to have basically a fancy dinner party in our backyard - but we're in an apartment for the foreseeable future. We may be able to rent a decent house with a big backyard or find someone who will let us borrow theirs, but for now assume that idea is out.
We've also thought about having a wedding at a state park, but it seems a little too casual for us. We like the idea of a beach ceremony with the reception nearby, but haven't found the right venue that is cheap, pretty, and flexible. We looked into a mountain resort, but thought they were pretty expensive without many options. Having a dinner at a nice-ish, cool restaurant would be fun, but I really want dancing and to be able to decorate the space, which seem less feasible at a restaurant. We'd also be interested in ideas that are more unique and different ... like going to a bowling alley or skating rink or something fun like that, but again a little bit more elegant and upscale.
We'll be in Atlanta, but our family is spread out so we could really go anywhere. I'll be biased towards places in GA, SC, NC, or FLA so that we could explore them in person easily.
What would you have done if your family didn't care and all the rules were thrown out anyway?