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Torn between a BBQ or a semi formal AHR

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Originally Posted by amyrot View Post
We found a place that is basically a farm- Francis Farm in Mass. they do a lot of clam bakes, BBQ's, and the like. YOu can also get married there. They have a wide variety of menus. Most local people have family reunions, or work parties there that are very informal- outdoors, volleyball, etc..However, I'm using that facility but having a night time reception- so it will be casual but not too casual. We'll be having a BBQ chicken buffet with salad and a few other sides. There will be linens and china but its still just out on this covered pavillion. So..casual and a little cheaper, but it will be fancied up a bit with the linens and my centerpieces!
That's a really good idea! I bet your guests will love it...a stuffy reception isn't fun anyways.

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I was in the same predicament but more so because most of my FMIL's friends arent going to come and she was upset..so I said we could arrange to have something here after to share pictures. So she suggested to have a party which I am not sure who said it in their reply, but if your whole reasoning was to have it away to avoid the stress and the huge production at home, the last thing i wanted to do was agree to that..but the other concern of mine was that if people are invited to an affair even semi formal to me it seems like we're asking for gifts from those that couldnt come...if its just a bbq then it doesnt have the same connotation, and seems like much more of a fun event you want to share with people you love in a relaxed way with no underlying motives..then again maybe im sick because i over analyze things to death and maybe noone would ever think of that but im weird lol.

so I think bbq is the way to go..or if you cant have a bbq you can just have like an open house make it from like 6-whenever and people can come and go as theyd like so if your limited with space you dont have to worry about having everyone at once

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