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What's everybody's AHR plans? Indoor Outdoor Casual Formal

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#11 shan0487

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

Awesome thank you! I will be stealing some wording from you celebration page! :) thanks!

Originally Posted by Jenna1511 

I'm planning on sending a separate invite for the open house party....when I sent the save the dates it had our website on..... it that has the info of the party on there! So everyone has the info early..here it is for example:

#12 Nicci86

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    Posted 16 August 2012 - 07:03 PM

    We're having an AHR on Sept 23 and our wedding is the 14th. It will be pretty formal because my European family is sad they won't get to see the wedding. My MIL is doing most of it for us. Which is awesome (and a pain in the butt at the same time as our tastes are very different). Our venue is a German club that has lovely grounds and the wall opens up to the outdoors.

    #13 Peach

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      Posted 17 August 2012 - 05:45 AM

      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!

      #14 Jamielynn55

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        Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:20 AM

        Date We are having our AHR on June 29th Location my fiances family's owns property it's a beautiful plot of land My FI own a tent company so obviously that's the route were going. A huge tent, dance floor, 2 long tables that will accomadate our 200 guests all with my orange and fushia theme Decor everthing orange and fushia! paper lanterns, twinkly lights on the trees. Centerpieces are tall glass vases with sand and tall white hurricane candles Food & drink We are having a full open bar with my signature drink of vodka peach snappes orange juice and grenadine, we are having "flare" bartenders coming for our cocktail hour. They are pretty sweet flip bottles and set shots on fire lol. Our food is getting down by a local caterer it's going to be pulled pork chicken and lots of BBQ type sides. We are also doing a s'mores bar and ice cream sandwich station. Music. We are hiring a cool tropical vibe tin drum band to play when our guests are arriving and thru our cocktail hour. Then our dj will start for dinner and hour and continued thru the night I am wearing my dress again and wedding party will wear there outfits again as well. No cake or speeches! I'm trying to keep it fun and casual with a romantic beachy vibe We are thinking of hiring a valet service to park the cars side it's just a road and not a traditional parking lot. More to come..... Lol

        #15 Ty Roane

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          Posted 03 October 2012 - 06:04 AM

          My main idea is a family reunion style cookout. However, FI, isn't too keen on the idea. So, my other option is to rent out his home skating rink and have a fun themed party, celebrating our marriage.  Play our DVD on a projector and just have a good time.

          #16 Kay6356

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          Posted 08 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

          Our plan is to have our AHR within two months of our DW. We are aiming to rent out a community centre in our area (Many arenas, rec. centres) offer room for rent.  Which includes a kitchen, bar, and tables.  Than the food, alcohol, decorations, ect. are up to you!  We plan on having a buffet with roast beef carving station, chicken, vegatables, potatoes, salad and buns.  You could always got to a golf course or something and ask if the food and beverage chef would be interested in "catering" something like this.  (Cheaper than actually hiring a caterer.  Thankfully I know a lot of chef's in the area, and one will be doing my cooking.  As for alcohol get a liquor license, buy the booze and hire a bar tender ($100-$200 for the night) plus tips.  As for decortations; keeping it simple with a DIY centre piece and extra decor for the head table.  Hope some of this helps!! :)

          #17 Italy2013

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            Posted 07 May 2013 - 03:01 PM

            We are having ours a little less than one month before.  We are getting married in Italy so are planning an Italian themed party at my parent's house in the foothills that looks like an Italian villa in the countryside.  Hand thrown pizzas from a large traveling pizza oven, all Italian food and wine served on wine barrel tables, Bocce Ball, and traditional Italian music played in the background. We are inviting 50 people and it is outside from 2pm - 9pm. We will be making our own limoncello and bottling it in small bottles to give away for favors. It is going to be so much fun! Can't wait!

            #18 JHo2013

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              Posted 23 May 2013 - 08:26 AM

              We are doing our AHR in a traditional Chinese style to honor our Chinese part of me and my FI's background. Unfortunatley, that means at a minimum, there will be 120 people in attendance. (I wanted to do a party of 8 people at the very beginning - and it was a classic example of how a Chinese dad can take over a wedding)

              But that being said, the good thing about a Chinese banquet is that the my dad's old school friends who I've never seen more than a handful of times will always come covering at least their share of the meal. So hopefully that will lower costs for us.


              We are doing the full invitations for the AHR, buying flowers again and having a reception at a Chinese banquet hall just 7 short days after we return from our DW. Wish us luck!

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