It's our 2nd marriage and the wedding is next summer. I wanted an intimate affair with immediate family only (or even elope) but he is a huge family man and wants everyone in. I'm ok with that I guess because I love his family & understand, but we are now planning for 100 people. It's all about budgeting now - I refuse to get a 2nd mortgage for this. We are big country fans and wanted this to be a more country/comfortable affair, not formal. But it IS still it is a wedding so I do want it to look nice, not like a backyard square dance.
The hall is bare - we have to decorate everything. Linens, any uplighting, all color coordination, everything from soup to nuts. Going to a private location more than doubles the cost which is why we are doing it this way but now I am TOTALLY overwhelmed.
The wedding party is small - I have 2 girls (he has 2 guys) and my girls are wearing cherry red short dresses. I honestly don't want red all over the place - how can I incorporate a pretty country feel to the tables without dousing everything in red? We're open to creative and fun ideas too. The hall has tables to fit 8 and the chairs are really ugly banquet stack chairs - even covers don't fit well but I will make it work somehow - I just don't know how.
I haven't even chosen flowers yet but I love sunflowers and think they will go wonderful with the dresses and hydrangeas take up a lot of space which is a good way to keep cost down, but I don't think they are exactly the prettiest flower. UGH any suggestions are greatly appreciated.