Re: Cape Cod Fall 2011 dilemma
posted at 2/10/2011 9:38 AM EST
In Response to Cape Cod Fall 2011 dilemma
[QUOTE]So I think we've decided that we want to have the wedding ceremony in my mom's backyard. It's on the water in West Dennis so there's a spectacular view. Awesome, I know, so what's the problem? The yard is really nice but it's tiered, and I don't think there's nearly enough room for a reception for 150-160 people with a tent and tables, etc. Although I would do anything to make it work and I am open to creative suggestions... So I am going to be checking out the following places this weekend for a reception: West Dennis Yacht Club, Sea View in Dennisport, The Dennis Inn, and the Cape Cod Museum of Art. All of these places require you to use their caterer (besides the museum, I think, but I am not sure about that). Any pros/cons or suggestions? How about the food? So far wedding planning is hell and I could very well lose my mind over this nonsense. Thank you for your help.
Posted by lisasull79[/QUOTE]
as ALF mentioned, parking is something to consider. If you're just going to do the ceremony there, I don't think you'll need port-a-potties.
160 is a lot for a backyard, but a friend of mine pulled off a similar reception this summer. She had one tent on one of the upper tiers for the food, then one big tent on the big base tier for all of the tables and chairs. Instead of a dance floor, they just used the paved patio area, but of course you may not have that. There wasn't much dancing, everyone mostly just mingled and chatted.
Her parents have 2.5 bathrooms, so it was just enough. there was a short line occasionally, but nothing too bad- of course she had about 120 people there. I'm not sure what an ideal person-to-bathroom ratio is.
it will certainly be logistically easier to have your reception at another venue, so that's a bonus. Plus venues sometimes will work with your vendors and take out some of the guess work. if you do a backyard reception, you'll be the one making sure everyone is in the right place at the right time. If you have plenty of willing helpers to which you can delegate, it won't be so bad, but if you'll have to (or want to) do it on your own, it will be a big undertaking.
I know exactly what you mean about planning being stressful and somewhat overwhelming. Just remind yourself that you'll (hopefully) only have to do it once! ;)