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Torn between a BBQ or a semi formal AHR

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#1 August2010Bride

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    Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:26 AM

    Ladies Help! I'm torn between a casual BBQ AHR or a semi-formal one. You see if money were no object I would want to have a semi-formal reception, but now that I'm actually seeing how fast the costs are adding up, I'm seriously considering a casual BBQ at a local park and calling it a day.

    What are your thoughts... Does anyone have any review or pics from there BBQ AHR?

    #2 stefnicole

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      Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:22 AM

      We're going to have BBQ catered. An informal reception suits our personalities more, as well as most of our guests. A BBQ is just more like us, KWIM?

      #3 *New* Mrs. G

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        Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:42 AM

        Originally Posted by stefnicole
        We're going to have BBQ catered. An informal reception suits our personalities more, as well as most of our guests. A BBQ is just more like us, KWIM?
        I agree with stefnicole but I don't have a review or pics. A lot of our guests can't make it to our wedding due to the cost and we love BBQ's anyway. It would be more fun and laid-back IMO. Wedding stress sucks!!

        (By the way stefnicole, thanks for the idea of catering the BBQ!! Our in-laws have the perfect place, but I would never ask them to do all the cooking!)

        #4 sunsetbride1

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          Posted 10 May 2009 - 11:48 AM

          We have a yearly BBW every summer to celebrate our bdays (FI's and mine are 2 days apart) in late August ... so we are just going to have our yearly party but use it as an opportunity to share our wedding photo's with those that could not attend. Super casual, inexpensive and something that we would have done anyway - so no added stress!

          #5 SunBride

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            Posted 10 May 2009 - 01:42 PM

            I don't know if you read my review or not but in it I pretty much concluded that my opinion was that the best way to go would be a casual BBQ, although one concern about that is if people will feel obligated to gift a gift and may think that you threw a cheap party to try to get wedding gifts (sorry if that sounds weird, but it was a big concern for my parents and I was also concerned about it too). It depends on your families, but a safe way to go about it is always to put "no gifts please" or "your presence is your gift" (and those who really want to give a gift will do so anyways).

            You can still do all the fun DIY projects and decorating with a less formal event.

            My review is in my signature if you haven't seen it yet.

            #6 Sensatori Bride

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              Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:00 PM

              I am doing a 4th of July Wedding BBQ Bash. I just came up with the idea. It will be very informal but there will still be elements from the wedding such as a wedding cake, a toast, a slideshow of wedding pics and a dj to rock the party! It isn't costing us a lot at all and we are using my mothers club house. I can't wait to find a short sexy white dress!

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              #7 BlakleyBrideToBe

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                Posted 10 May 2009 - 03:13 PM

                I think a casual BBQ is always nice. It's just something about a causal BBQ that makes everyone feel relaxed and have a good time.

                Go for the BBQ

                #8 August2010Bride

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                  Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:10 PM

                  AGGHHH! decisions decisions... LOL Thanks for your opinions ladies!

                  #9 Jacilynda

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                    Posted 10 May 2009 - 08:22 PM

                    I think you should do what fits your personalities. Joe and I are SO informal. We are having a DW because we didn't want a large formal traditional event. We are having a BBQ. We are having a cake and a band and catering some of the food. We'll have a slideshow of photos of the wedding and a video from the wedding. We are doing ours right after we come home so it doesn't appear as we're just trying to get gifts or anything like that. Its a casual reception. its definitely better on the bank account but its our style and thats why we've chosen to do a BBQ

                    #10 Cassondra2009

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                      Posted 14 May 2009 - 05:15 PM

                      We are having a catered BBQ in my parents backyard. We are setting it up sort of like a wedding reception, DJ&dancing, tables with centerpieces, favors, seating arrangement,etc. but its a pretty casual affair. I wanted a little bit of both!

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