I need a LOT of help :(
We're having our wedding at a state historic site/park. I've got several issues that are stressing me out. And we're on a super tight budget.
1. My friend has a BBQ catering company and she is doing the catering. However, she's not providing plates. Do I do buffet style and no plates at the table, but up near the food? Plates on the tables and guests bring it up to get food? Buy plates? Rent them? Same with silverware. And where do all the dirty dishes go?!
2. We're doing a serve-yourself bar. I don't want liquor because I don't trust people to cut themselves off. So we were going to have several dispensers of a signature drink, galvanized tubs of beer, wine, soda, and water. We're going to have mason jars on the tables at the guests' seats... Idk it it's going to be a problem for some people to be drinking wine from a mason jar? Is it crazy that this is bothering me? Lol. And if people switch drinks... there's no new glass, nowhere to clean it or anything. But people usally stick with one type of drink, right?
3. We're putting several candles on the tables, several candles near the food and drinks for lighting, but the park itself has no lighting. There are electrical outlets. We can't hang anything in trees, can't nail anything. We can put sticks/posts into the ground to hang lanterns or whatever. We can use fire, it just has to be contained, hurricane lamps, mason jars, votives, etc.... but I looked up shepherds hooks and they're freaking expensive. Any suggestions?? We're not having a tent so there will be no lighting from a tent.
4. Who the hell sets up my place settings and centerpieces and everything like that?! I'm getting a day of coordinator... is this her job, or does she just oversee the set up and I'll need to hire people to do it?
Thanks so much in advance!