Low Impact Wedding Series - The Venue

12th May 2009

Foy spicer continues the account of her Low Impact Wedding - here she talks about the couples’ choice of venue, hightlighting pros and cons...


CEREMONY: We both wanted an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception. We considered a lot of places for the ceremony, but accessibility was important because we’ve both got lots of cute little old ladies in our families. After a little investigating we decided on a local state park that had this beautiful shelter built by the PWA in the 1940’s of local quarried rock. The price was right being just per day. We rented the shelter for the night before as well and BBQ’d there for the rehearsal dinner.

The only draw back was the not so nice bathrooms. We own a couple of wooden TV tray like folding tables. I put one in each bathroom with a basket of assorted hand sanitizer, lotion, tissues, mints, Tylenol and safety pins. After the ceremony the baskets were brought to the reception venue’s bathrooms.

I should also mention we didn’t really have a rain plan. The wedding was going to happen outside come rain or shine without a tent! We’re really lucky it didn’t rain.

We rented chairs for the audience. It was 0 for 100 chairs to be delivered and picked up. However, we had to put out the chairs and return them to their racks. Luckily we had some obliging friends and family who took care of this.

RECEPTION: We needed a location that would allow us to bring in our own food. We wanted to use local or organic food as much as possible and many catering services charge outrageous prices to alter the menus enough to accommodate a green wedding. Since we weren’t having the wedding at a church, why not the reception? My groom’s church had just built a new community room. In fact for a while we worried it wouldn’t be done in time for the wedding, but they did manage to get it put together just seven days before the wedding. The cost of rental was for four hours and for use the kitchen.

Total in site rentals = 5

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