Picture the scene — a beautifully manicured lawn with a huge white arbor propped up in the center, tables full of delicious food surrounded by gorgeous decorations and beautiful flowers. In the middle are a bride and groom, smiling and happy, posing for pictures to remember the day for the rest of their lives with. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it?
Well, this is a quick description of a backyard wedding. You can host the wedding of the century in your own backyard quite easily today. All you have to do is make sure that everything is planned out and that you stick to your budget. This is easier than you may think if you follow these tips a great backyard wedding:
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Ten Tips for Throwing a Backyard Wedding
1. Get the Guest List Right
Creating a reasonable list of attendees for a backyard wedding is a must in more ways than one. You should always make sure that you only invite the number of people that can be accommodated in your home. Keep your headcount realistic to avoid overcrowding which could ruin the vibe of your event.
2. Expect The Rain
Hope for the best, but plan for the worst in terms of the weather- that way you will be ready for anything and won’t end up disappointed. Rent a tent or canopy just in case– some rental companies allow you to keep a tent on ‘standby’ and if it ends up unused due to beautiful weather they will not charge you the full amount for the rental.
3. Embrace the Natural Decor
You don’t need a ton of decorations when you have an outdoor wedding because the natural scenery is so nice! Consider planting some extra flowers or grab planters from your local home improvement store. You can also easily make affordable decorations to hang from trees, chairs, etc.
4. Call In Reinforcements
A good set of family and friends will always rally around when it comes to arranging a wedding in your backyard. Never be afraid to use them by delegating tasks to save yourself from stress. Make the most of any offers to get quotes from various companies, arrange mundane tasks like renting tables and generators, and making food or decorations. The more help you get, the more likely you are to get through this in one piece.
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5. DIY Wedding Improvements
Nobody owns a perfect house or garden. Backyard weddings expose your property for what it is, so make sure that you’ve identified all the problem areas and repaired them accordingly. You could also make additions to your home to advance its appeal and functionality during the wedding if your budget allows. Installing patio porch swings, for example, will add to the aesthetics of your home as well as providing a comfortable place to sit. The advantage will be two-fold; adding something that will help out with the big day but something you could still enjoy for years to come– this helps justify the cost.
6. Music / Lighting
There are two main contributors to the mood of a backyard wedding — music and lighting — and both have to be spot on. You need lighting so that the party will go on into the night but softer lighting from twinkle lights or freestanding lights can add a little romance. Music adds atmosphere so be sure to choose the perfect reception playlist to complement the ambiance!
7. Investing In Priorities
How much do you need to spend on a backyard wedding? Well, that depends on your priorities and preferences. You can rent larger equipment like tables, chairs and lighting systems and that tends to work out to be less expensive than if you were to buy it all. Get plenty of quotes before you decide either way. Having the wedding in your backyard will instantly save you on the site fee, but remember that tents and other rentals will still be necessary.
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8. Personalize the Day
Having a wedding in your backyard already gives your wedding a more personal feel. Keep the ‘You-ness’ of the day going by including pieces of your love story into the ceremony and reception. Love music? Give mix CD favors to your guests of all the different bands you’ve seen together. Live for ice cream? Skip the cake and have a sundae buffet. This day is to celebrate your love, so make it as personal as possible. Your guests will love getting to know you both more as a couple in the process, and will make them feel special to be included!
9. The Perfect Temperature
Too hot or too cold? Which would you prefer for your wedding day? If you’re planning a backyard wedding, you are taking a chance with the weather no matter when you choose to get married. However, you can always rent a heater or fan depending on the weather for your event. If it’s hot, offer your guests ice cold lemonade or tea or place paper fans on each chair. If it’s chilly, offer pashminas for the ladies and serve hot cocoa or cider to warm up your guests.
10. Picture Perfect
The majority of couples consider photography to be of the highest priority when it comes to wedding vendors. You want to record the day for posterity so be sure to have a professional on board. You could also have disposable cameras available on the tables or set up your own photo booth for guests to take photos so you get a little bit of fun in with that too!
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Getting married at home can be the best day of your life if it is planned out rigorously in advance. Create a beautiful haven in your own yard and you will be able to hold the memories with you every time you step into it.
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.