We decided to plan the reception to coincide with the work on our house being more or less done. Well, even building in lag time the work was NOT more or less done, but we went ahead anyway because I knew it was now or never.
We lost a lot of money on the failed US reception and honeymoon plan of 2012 so this party was on a pretty tight budget. We originally talked about marquees, portable toilets and the works but scaled it right back and, honestly, had a better time for it.
I had some decorations that I bought for the US reception that I was able to use for this. My favourite purchase was fabric flowers from Jane Joss on Etsy - they're not your grannie's fake flowers, they're creative and colourful and look fantastic, and of course the best part is that they can be kept forever. I got a friend to bring me some of his empty swing top beer bottles, put a bit of sand in the bottle to bring the level up a bit, and voila! I scattered my funky vases and flowers around the house.
(note how construction-tastic our house is)
Food and drink coming soon in part 2...