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Decoration & Activity Ideas?

We chose our venue and date! The cabin is located in a popular mountain town in southern California. It's very simple, which we like.

I would just love your thoughts and ideas regarding decorations and activities. I've heard on here that natural areas don't need as many decorations but I think it's easier when you can see the venue. As for activities, FI and I met at a camp, and still work at fun places outdoors - so we're very open to holding activities, but we realize some guests would like to just chill, drink and chat. We want the reception to feel like a relaxing, family BBQ.

Thoughts?

tcnobleohannabelle

Re: Decoration & Activity Ideas?

  • I don't have much advice to offer on decor/activities but I just had to say I LOVE your location!!
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  • Pretty! I'm of the mind of minimal decoration, especially for natural areas. You don't want to take away from the already existing beauty of the place! What time of day would the reception be? You'll need some lighting for an evening reception. String lights, paper lanterns, or candles are always kind of cool for outdoor lighting. Other than that, I guess tables and chairs, obviously, and maybe some flowers? I wouldn't do too much else, but that's just me. :)

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  • PrettyGirlLostPrettyGirlLost A Land Filled with Unicorns and Cat Hair member
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    I like @lawhead's ideas for decor.

    I wouldn't really plan on any "activities" though.  Your wedding and reception is the activity.  People will likely just want to hang out with each other, chat, eat, and drink.

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  • I would maybe leave things out for guests who choose to do something.  Maybe some frisbees (you can get personalized one in your colors and with your names), or lawn games like corn hole and lawn golf.  I've seen some AWESOME custom corn hole sets out there.  Remember, if guests are dressing semi-nicely, they wont want to get dirty and sweaty.  

    As for the decor, I would focus on nice centerpieces and linens.  I wouldnt do much with the actual natural surroundings. 
  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall member
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    I don't understand what you mean by "activities."
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  • AddieCake said:
    I don't understand what you mean by "activities."
    Stuff to do during the reception, since it is very unlikely that we'll be renting a dance floor.

  • JoanE2012JoanE2012 Exit 21 (Jersey!) member
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    AddieCake said:
    I don't understand what you mean by "activities."
    Stuff to do during the reception, since it is very unlikely that we'll be renting a dance floor.
    Eating, drinking and mingling is all I need to have a good time.  
  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall member
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    edited April 2014
    We didn't have a dance floor or alternative activities. Ditto Joan (as I so often do because she is awesome) about eating, drinking, and mingling to music is activity enough.

    However, since you want it to feel like a family BBQ, there is nothing wrong with having some outdoor lawn games for people who DO want to participate. I personally would not, but I think it's a know your crowd thing.
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