I plan on having an AHR one week after my return. I will have a whirlwind wedding experience all within a two week period. I have been planning the AHR along with my DW. Alot of friends and family are not able to attend the DW, so this will be a big party for everyone (about 200 people). We're going for more of a party/celebration vibe instead of the whole formal sit down dinner. Mostly bar-high tables around the dance floor and a couple of round tables, instead of the 20 round tables for 10 people each for the whole seating plan.
My budget for the AHR is about $8K.
We plan on having a dessert bar (not a formal wedding cake).
We will play a video of the wedding before we arrive and after it finishes we will be introduced as husband and wife and walk in with my wedding dress and groom in his suit for our first dance. We plan on changing into more comfortable outfits after about an hour or so.
We will have buffet style food and passed hour d'oveures (sp?)
We will have pictures from the wedding on the tables.
The venue is an old movie theater turned art gallery, so there isn't need for many decorations.
A friend who is a professional photographer will take pics for us and we will have a dj as well.
Hope this helps. My AHR and DW is in April, so the time is ticking away!