Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:24 AM
I'm having some trouble figuring out where to start with planning our After-Honeymoon Reception (AHR). I know that we're planning on having it a couple months after our return and that it will be a laid back affair backyard BBQ type of affair, but where do we go from there? Any suggestions, insight, direction? How far out am I supposed to start coordinating everything? How far along are you ladies with the plans?
Any recommended vendors to find discounted alcohal?
Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:27 AM
I actually already have the location booked because my FMIL wanted it booked right away, but I plan to just buy decorations if I come across them and will probably look into beer and wine and maybe some of this sweet tea vodka we have down here as the beverages.
I know I haven't helped, because I'm not sure when things are suppose to be planned, but I guess I have already started on mine
Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:27 AM
Posted 17 October 2008 - 10:35 AM
This is just like planning a party. You need to decide how formal you want it to be and most importanly what the budget is.
I would still send invites 6-8 weeks before your date so your guests can plan to attend.
My AHR was pretty formal, much like a traditional wedding reception, so I wore my dress, we cut cake, danced, etc. Some of the other ladies have had less formal gatherings. It's all up to your personal taste.
As far as alcohol is concerend, you can possibly get a case discount from a local liquor store, but it's usually only about 10%. Be sure to check the store's return policy. Some will give you cash, others only store credit. Beer and sodas, if kept at a consistent temperature, can safely keep for 6 months or more. You could start buying cases when they are on sale and store them.
I'm a caterer/event planner so if you need more help, feel free to ask!
Posted 17 October 2008 - 12:51 PM
| Originally Posted by ErinB |
Try searching AHR or At Home Reception.
The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search : ahr
Posted 17 October 2008 - 12:57 PM
I did all the decor and set-up myself.
It was relatively painless and everyone had a fabulous time!
Posted 17 October 2008 - 01:00 PM
I just plan on a pot luck dinner (my aunt's make FANTASTIC food!), BYOB, my uncles/cousins all play guitar (music!), and I'll probably decorate in a (surprise, surprise) tropical/beach theme!! You can get great stuff from ebay - blow up palm trees & all!!
So VERY inexpensive & VERY casual!! But it should be VERY fun!!
Posted 20 October 2008 - 10:06 PM
Although I personally prefer a slightly more formal reception, my FI is definately pushing for the laid back casual. We've actually had disagreements about him not wearing jeans and a tshirt...thats too casual.
Although I would like to be able to wear my gown again, I will probably just pick up a sun dress so I don't look overdressed for the occassion.
I know that we will likely go the practical route and have cupcakes rather than a traditional multi layer cake, an ipod set up in lieu of a dj, and a potluck for the side dishes. Question is, should we have Mexican food (which is cheap to make a lot of, ties in with the destination wedding, and who honestly doesn't like mexican?) or go with BBQ steak and baked potatoes which is friggin scrumptous, but cost more?
My biggest "planning endeavor" is how to decorate and where exactly to do it...
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