Hi All- I am in need of your opinions here, I'm sorry its so long!..
FI and I are extremely torn. We both want to get married in OBX, on the beach, at our house with family and friends. However, we have some elderly family that we feel we would put undue stress on to ask to travel that far and it is super important they are there with us.
So, our thought was to have our Ceremony in our back yard, with a tent and decorations and do an appetizer/desert/coffee bar rather than dinner. We would likely do it either early afternoon or evening and it would be a short celebration just so our entire family and group of friends can attend. Then, we would plan to leave for OBX the following weekend and have our reception there with whomever can attend. We would have it catered, and have a DJ and hire a photographer for a few hours and celebrate!
Our other concern is FI's family is somewhat against alcohol, while my family thinks the alcohol makes the party. We thought by having two separate celebrations, one with alcohol and one without, we could embrace both sides of our families.
Help! Does anyone have any suggestions or concerns with doing things this way that I may be blind to at the moment? I truly appreciate you all taking the time to read this and offer your thoughts... thank you thank you!