Firstly, no rush, we won't be getting married to spring or autumn 2012. For maybe around 50 people. Could explode to 100 if all of DPs family come, but if that happens we are eloping. So I'm thinking 50.
I'm just roughly planning out my wedding, could anyone experienced in planning a wedding tell me if my plan is realistic, if there's any big gaping holes in my plan. I've only been to a few weddings before, so what I don't I don't know about weddings im sure is huge.
Here's what I envisage - beach wedding ceremony, simple, standing, few chairs around for older/less able/pregnant/breast feeding guests, but I'm thinking like somehow settling up a giant shoe rack/dumping area, cos I want it to be on the sand (unless it's too windy/raining) but more or less the only expense will be the celebrant (and somewhere to safely leave shoes )
For the reception I'd love to rent a large beach house for the weekend - ideally ON the beach, if not walking distance from the beach, pretty much anywhere within an hour of the gold coast north or south.
Im thinking I'll get a beach house with room to put up a small marquee in the garden, But is have it sort of inside/outside, if it rains, we'll just be dancing in the rain and obviously move all electrical equiptment under cover (so a balcony for the beach house is essential as a 'stage')
I'll hire a DJ - not sure what that'll cost. But I'll also offer to put up my brothers band, feed them, fly them in etc if they come play for me. (he's in a paid pub band) I kiinnnddaaa want to have karaoke even if by karaoke it's just singing along to dj'd music on microphones. I'm figuring lighting will be needed as well as it'll be outdoors at night.
Catering, id want a roast buffet banquet. style thing. I kinda see long table in a U shape with long bench seating. I won't have placings, I want people to just come in, sit down, move around etc
Alcohol, I'll explain to guests that say from 6-10 I have a couple of waiters hired to go around serving wine and beer, and maybe I'll just hire a big fridge for the night next to a table of (plastic) cups and it'll be self serve. I won't have hard liquor available. (though I know DP will want it and then I'll keep on the wait staff because I reckon it would be cheaper to pay someone by the hour to serve alcohol (who is rsa trained) than letting drunk people have at it) because I want the option for it to go all night - which means controlled alcohol.
My best friend and her mum own a wedding invitations business. So I'll ask for them to help me out and I'll pay them, but hopefully get a discount. Though I don't plan to do the whole stationary thing, just the invitations.
I don't know how fussed I am on decorations.
My dress I'm going to buy from a store that's NOT a bridal shop. I'll just find something white a pretty, I'll give myself a $500 limit, but I doubt I'll spend that much. It'll probably include shoes. DP and none of the grooms men are wearing suits, they are wearing white boardies and white short sleeve button up shirts. Brides maids I'll just find something pretty and buy them all the same, so probably like $50/$100 each and they can sort out their own shoes (within a guideline)
I will also request no gifts. I know we'll get given them, but I don't want anyone to feel at all obliged.
Oh and photography, figure I'll just hire a student photographer (who's got a excellent camera and some talent) for like 2 hours for the ceremony and to do some poses, then just get everyone to send me candid snaps from the reception.
Oh yeah, then I want someone to just come in and clean up cos I'll be on my honeymoon
Does that all sound realistically less than $5000?!