I didn't mean to say we are paying anyone to attend. We need to pay for transportation from a hotel to the house, most likely, as it's in the middle of the woods and there is no room for parking (for that many people). I've read that reserving a block of rooms may result in you picking up the cost of any rooms that aren't booked by the dates reserved, so I'm aware of that potential issue. I'm estimating that if people stay at least one night, we'd need to book at least 10 rooms, but that depends on how many more local people (people in MA, not flying in) attend and decide to drive back that night. My mom suggested that maybe people would like to camp out on the property overnight, but again, there needs to be somewhere to put the cars.
Pre-cooking the pig is an interesting idea. I kind of imagined hacking off bits at the reception (immediately after ceremony in the back yard). FiancÚ's family had a pig roast for his high school graduation/going-away-to-the-Army party. I think a family friend would be able to provide a pig and would probably not make us pay for it.
My grandma's property. This is pretty far zoomed out because I wanted to show how long the driveway is (the house is not that large however). The trees and shadows kind of mask the open areas, but I've roughly circled them. I thought the ceremony could be back in the spot behind the house, the other former garden area could have some seating (maybe, or maybe just blankets for picnic style), and Princess Hill could have a small tent with refreshments. The property extends past the swamp, but it's all hill and trees.
There is also some open area by the pond, but it's fairly small. People might like to sit down there, however. Actually, the ceremony could be nice down there. We'll see.
You can also see the path that my grandfather cut through the woods with his tractor, 30+ years ago. It's fairly overgrown now. It's that diagonal line through the trees below "gardens" going to the lower left-hand corner of the image. That path goes down to the swamp (though you can also just walk straight through the woods behind the last open space behind the house, we cleared a lot of smaller trees there so it's kind of a shaded park) and up through the hills to the back of the property (40-50 acres).
My idea of cheap is under $3k, I think. Not sure how much we could expect to pay for catering, if we did that, or transport, maybe a speaker or two, and a tent or two.
Have the wedding at the swamp or you're a wuss.
Just kidding. Cool property.
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There's the house! Princess Hill is to the right. It's not very steep. The right side of the garage has an old tractor in it. If I get my dad to help me put new tires on it (ancient and cracked) and get it running, I thought it'd be fun to move it somewhere for photo ops.
I thought we'd use this year to scope out the seasons and see what is most comfortable. But it's going to be hard to wait. I am still keeping my fingers crossed to get up there in February.
BTW, the swamp used to have a beaver dam & hut. We think the neighbors (house is now being sold by the bank, at the top of the photo, needs a LOT of work) killed them at some point. In the winter, we'd walk on the frozen swamp and check out the hut/dam progress. Not enough pictures of those adventures, but plenty of memories.
Looks pretty. Friends of ours got married a couple of years ago at Peak's Island in Casco Bay, and it was about the best wedding ever. Just gorgeous, made me want to move to Maine. Loved Portland, lots of great eats. But money was no concern (she = doc, he = lawyer). Still, lots of artsy types in both families, and one nice touch was that all the flowers at the reception were in small old vases that looked to have been scavenged from anywhere, and put wildflowers in the vases. That was a nice touch.
Love the idea of a pig roast. Sides could be added cheaply.
Whatever you do, I'm sure it will be fun and stylish!
Wow. What a property! We got married in the backyard of my childhood home but it was not cheap! The tent we rented for like 100 people was $3k alone. We used a great caterer for a BBQ and drinks for $5k. The rest was, well I don't remember, but I know we spent about $20k and paid for it ourselves ( we were rich engineers at the time). I always encourage people to spend as little as possible though because the biggest thing most people probably remember about our wedding was that it rained like crazy and the mud was literally sucking people's shoes off as they walked through the tent:).
One thing people really liked about our wedding is that the bar was open before we started so people could enjoy their drinks waiting for the circus to start ( if you knew my family, you would understand). My experience was that even after all that planning, the event will take on a life of it's own as things get misplaced or done differently than planned. No one else will know so just enjoy yourself!
We vacationed on Peak's Island one year that we couldn't get a beach house at Popham Beach (they were filming Message in a Bottle there that summer). Really fun place. My dad, sister and I had a blast biking around that island. And no one can deny the fun that is ferry-travel! It was big enough that no one suffered from sea-sickness, though I am prone to that.
My friend was all "What's your theme?!?!" And I was all, "You know me. Ef themes." If we decorate shizz (tables and the porch or whatever), it'll be whatever we can get in town close to the wedding, nothing really planned, unless we make dorky things. Doctor Who, LotR, wizardry nonsense, that kind of thing.
I say to get married next to the pond!!
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