I don't want a wedding, yet one must be had, so we've decided to keep it intimate and invite 50 of our nearest and dearest to an 'Autumn party', with no mention on the invite of it being our wedding.
My BFF will officiate the service, then we'll eat, drink and all the rest, having spared ourselves of the usual accoutrements of weddings, including gifts - we don't need anything from our loved ones but their presence. Hell, I don't even need that, but I'll shut up now.
I had a few ideas, initially - one being we do it at our house, then get food trucks to pull up and feed the crowd - only problem with that is we recently moved out of NYC and there is a distinct lack of food trucks in Central NJ.
Another idea was again in our house, catered, with antipasto & brick-oven pizza set up on rental tent/tables/chairs in our yard. But weather is unpredictable, and 50 people in our little house at one time will be uncomfortably crowded.
So now we're leaning towards Porta in Asbury Park, which seems like it could be a great, fun place and meets the requirements - good food, non-cliché venue, private room, BYOB and reasonably-priced.
I'm wondering if anyone else has any ideas along those lines of restaurants/venues in Central NJ or shore area that we might consider.