Blacklick Woods Golf Course, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
When you grow up in a small town and then move back to it later in life, it’s inevitable that you will see some of your high school classmates, or even middle school classmates, but how rare is it that one of them is someone you’ve known since pre-school?
Mike Farrenkopf and I have known each other since pre-school and I’ve known his fiancé, Alicia since high school - so when Alicia and her mother reached out to me to help out on the day-of, I was thrilled to be a part of another chapter in their lives.
Alicia and Mike are the quintessential cute couple. They didn’t need anything fancy, they just wanted to be married and have a great evening with their friends and family. What was important to them was making sure they didn’t have to worry about managing the event on the evening of – that’s where Lu and Birch came in!
The Blacklick Woods Golf Course and Banquet Room provided the perfect backdrop for their fall wedding and the prices couldn’t be more reasonable. Being a part of the metro park system means that it does take some extra effort to get detailed answers out of the staff. There aren’t any event professionals there, so it’s definitely a good idea to hire a wedding coordinator (you’re already reading this, so I must be your gal).
The greatest thing I think about the venue is the ability to take photos on some of the surrounding grounds. I mean just look at these photos!
Tips for a Laid-Back Wedding:
The term “laid back” gets me every time in the event world, because the planning is not typically laid back at all. In order to create that feeling for your guests you need to make sure that you (or your coordinator) think of all the bumps in the road before they happen. Alicia and her mom knew that it was going to take some extra work and between the 3 of us we got a plan together.
For instance, a self-service bar station sounds great and easy to set-up, but what happens when the cups run out? Guests chugging out of wine bottles? Sounds good to me….but might not be what you want on your wedding night. When Alicia and her mom brought up the idea of a self service station we sat down and went through every detail – How many cups do we need? How much ice do we need? Who will re-stock the beer? Who will monitor the alcohol consumption? Even if you want a self-serve station, most places will require you to have a serve-safe certified bartender there to monitor the alcohol service. I recommend this solution as well.
All in all – the very detailed, non-laid-back planning helps when planning a laid back event. It also helps to hire a day-of event coordinator and let her do all of the work (nudge nudge).
Below are some informational links to DIY bars and laid-back wedding ideas:
A Practical Wedding
Perfect Party Planning