Venue vs. DIY in a field?! All advice please! x
Hello all, absolute newbie here, but just wanted some advice form those who have considered or done a 'DIY wedding' in a field!
I haven't booked ANYTHING...don't know the date exactly (worried looks and nervous laughs from the audience!) - but it will be next Summer (2018), that after 19yrs and 2 kids together, we finally 'tie the knot'!. On a rather modest budget, I want a fantastic looking venue...relaxed, but with a bit of structure at least..and want everyone to have a fantastic time!
Using a venue where they do the lot for you is obviously the least hassle...but seemingly the most expensive! I've seen a few barn type venues which would give us more free reign with decorating and catering, but then looking at what we'd need to hire...the costs all mount up again!
I've been to so many weddings of all varieties...huge budget weddings, tiny but amazing DIY ones, ones at lovely venues but with no idea what anyone is meant to be doing...etc. I know I want mine to look incredible and have lots of very creative and resourceful hands on deck. I am undecided on food...either a really cool BBQ with lots of accompaniments...sharing boards on tables...or a sit down meal?
Anyway...does anyone have any advice re. the whole setting up your reception in a field and hiring in everything we would need (I know the type of food will play a big part here), but just in terms of doing it a modest budget, without it looking like w have too much! I'd like Moroccan style decor feel...think lanterns, areas with lots of cushions, lots of jewel colours etc. We are in mid-Kent...so fairly open to areas...but not too far out towards the coast. One venue is a farm with running water, and that's about it - so can pretty much do what we want. Obviously we'd have to have our ceremony elsewhere as the farm isn't licensed. Looking at a marquee package, my jaw dropped at the cost! Another venue is a lovely barn, which is licensed so we could do the ceremony there, we'd also need to hire lots in, but we can get married here too. Help and advice of any kind is much appreciated here guys! Thanks so much in advance......Sarah x