I thought I looked over the paperwork closely for our reception venue, but apparently I did not. I just learned that the neighborhood where our reception is being held has a noise ordinance. A noise ordinance that they monitor very strictly. As in, there is a police officer that “reminds” you of it an hour before. We were planning to have the entire reception outside (weather permitting). The music has to be completely off by 10:00 PM! Arg.
Image via Joy Reactor
One cannot listen to music at all if we need to turn it off! When I looked at the timeline for the wedding, the dancing itself wouldn’t begin until 8:45 PM, so this rule was just not going to cut it. As we thought about what to do, Christi had a brilliant idea: have the formal dances and an hour of “family friendly” music on the outside patio as planned. Then at 10:00 PM, move the music and dancing indoors and let the AFTER PARTY begin! This would give the younger crowd a second wind (greasy late night snacks drunk food would be set out as well!). Also, this would provide a natural time for my grandparents and some of the older crowd to head back to the hotel.
A few logistical issues that still need to be sorted out:
- Will the DJ be willing to have two setups? (Please at no additional cost!!!)
- What would we do to fancy up the inside? It is literally a large empty room that we hadn’t planned to even touch. It is our rain location and that’s it.
Well obviously, something has to be done. Hopefully we can coordinate some up-lighting with our DJ, but we also need furniture to fill up the space. There are some high-top cocktail tables that we could reuse from the cocktail hour, but what we really need is something for guests to sit on. Lounge furniture, baby.
Just to see what was available for rent, I contacted a local company. To rent this five-piece set (including delivery and setup)…
Image via Extravagant Productions
So like Mrs. Brooch, we are planning to turn to Craigslist. It would be fun to have sleek white furniture that would turn the reception into a nightclub, but I am not anticipating finding this. Instead, we will target antique or vintage furniture because:
- This kind of furniture is all over CL.
- I’m hoping we can have good resale because vintage is “in.”
- It will make for adorable photo-ops.
We won’t actually purchase any furniture until probably the month before the wedding because of storage issues, but some quick CL browsing left me feeling very hopeful!
Image via Craigslist (expired listing)
Image via Craigslist
Image via Craigslist (deleted listing)
Image via Craigslist
Has anyone else gotten secondhand furniture for their wedding? Were you able to resell it afterward?
- Tampa, FL
- Genetic Counselor
- Wedding Date:
- May 2013
- Davis Island Garden Club