FH & I are planning ahead...as in not engaged yet (he's saving for my rather $$$ taste in rings!) but hope to marry Oct/Nov next year.
We want a small wedding (40-50 people) in the Yarra, a proper weekend with a casual dinner Friday night at a brewry, optional wine tour Saturday 10-3 then wedding 530-1130pm at a winery & reception to follow, then a drop by brunch at the huge house we plan on renting on the Sunday. It will just be our immediate family, aunts & uncles (no cousins) & 5 of our closest friends each & their partners.
First question-are these too many activities planned? They are all optional...but some people may feel compelled to attend everything? We just thought the winery tour (we wont attend) might be nice as lots of out of state guests (including all of my family & friends).
Then, FH wants an engagement party to invite our friends and family friends. On my side (in Perth) we will have it in my parents large garden, just a BBQ lunch,but very special with lots of flowers & awesome food (my parents are great cooks & we will order other things in).
FH's parents are less well off than mine & have a very small house. So we will pay for our Melbourne engagement party (my parents will be paying for the Perth one & contributing most of the money to the wedding, we will pay for the rest although FH's parents will probably pay for something small like the cars & flowers).
So...the Melbourne engagement party is for his friends (my Sydney friends will be invited too but doubt many will come) & his family. I don't want to spend too much money on it. Any suggestions for venues? FH would like a place with a dance floor. I am happy to have it in a bar, rent a hall & get caters etc. Just a fun atmosphere!
Open to ideas!
Thanks girls xo