I did not lurk first so please forgive me for any reposting of things! My FI, Mike and I are getting married June 24, 2011 and I am more than a little freaked out. I have already been married (4 months) before and planned a very detail oriented wedding that took forever. It was an 18 month long engagement.
Right now I am off work until the 3rd week of August then I start back to full-time work and full-time Grad school so needless to say I'm moving as quickly as possible here. I was a winter bride before and planning was a cinch for the most part.
Now, I'm a summer bride which I never saw coming - outdoor wedding and reception at the same venue and I am LOST on what to do. I'm a type A personality so I like plans and to be in control of things. Since I'm planning from an hour away this is more difficult. I think we decided on a color scheme, we picked and booked our venue and interviewing our photographer Saturday which is the one we definitely want. I'm working on my dress now.
As for everything else -- I don't know. How do you set up seating when we get married in the garden then the reception is 100 feet away? Do I need to rent more chairs or can we just move those? The wedding is starting at 6:30 - 7:00 end time.
What do you think a 1 hour cocktail hour so we can have some alone time and take more pictures at sunset while our guests mingle. It's so late (and a friday) - so I'm thinking heavy on hor d'oeuvers and just a light buffet for dinner at 830ish? We have the park til midnight.
I am going to hire a DOC, I think, because this is out of my realm. lol. One last thing - can anyone give me a break down of how the outside ceremony goes versus the church ceremony? We are not having an overly religious wedding but we do want it to be about 30 mins long total. We also have no flower girl or ring bearer so I'm not seeing any of this in my mind. LOL.
Sorry for all the questons I'm just new at the outdoor stuff.