I really loved the idea of renting a picnic shelter for the day/night and doing something casual, but we are going more traditional. The whole purpose behind our AHR is to include my family, all of whom are in the same town and none of whom are likely to go to my wedding... maybe my parents and siblings. I also thought of holding it on my parents' farm, but was told that was not an option either, so I am going to rent the community centre in town (there is only a community centre and a legion in town) and we will do it there, on August 17. We are getting married July 18.
There will be a lot of traditions there, like the bouquet toss, and we will show our video and have pictures up. I will wear my dress, but it is going to be a more casual dress anyway (I am even thinking of going short for the style). I am DIYing pretty much everything, from the music (playlist on our iPod) to little programs at everyone's seats (with info on bridal party as well as a quiz about us - I am a teacher and this was a nod to that) to the centrepieces to our dessert table (and all the desserts on it) to drink stirrers to the card box to all the decor... I am really trying to make it more intimate and personal. Thank goodness I have so long to do it! Though time is ticking...
We are sending out separate AHR invites from our DW, which will have all of the information traditionally sent out in a wedding invite. We will probably do a buffet meal, which I am leaving to the professionals, and are planning on a "toonie" bar.
We want to keep it wedding-y, but at the same time laid back... we want the best of everything!
Um, I think that about covers it!