11 Tips For A
Backyard Wedding Idea
A backyard wedding idea can be the perfect way to exchange
your vows. Perhaps you have always wanted to get married in your
parent’s backyard. Or, maybe you want a small, intimate affair with a
few close friends.
Whatever the reason, there are several benefits that come along with
having a backyard wedding including not having to search for a wedding
location and possibly saving some money.
Another benefit is that you can have full creative control over
designing your wedding day. There are few limits when you will have
when making wedding planning decisions, and you will also know the
space very well.
One drawback is that as with any outdoor wedding, you will have a lot
of planning and coordinating to do. Instead of going to a wedding reception
space that provides everything in a package you will have to be
responsible for finding things like a caterer and rental company for
the tent, silverware, glassware, etc.
Logistics can be another challenge with a backyard wedding idea. Not
every backyard is set up to host a wedding, and you may possibly have
to work around space limitations and other obstacles.
Here are 11 tips to make sure everything goes off without a hitch:
Create A Realistic Budget
While a backyard wedding idea can save you money, be careful with your
budget. Realize early that you will have to pay for things like a tent,
a caterer that specializes in outdoor events and rentals like
glassware, dishes, linens and more.
Survey The Backyard
Ask the tenting or rental company to survey the backyard before
committing to any contracts. Make sure they see the space where you
plan to have the ceremony and reception, and have them verify that
there is enough room and access to electricity for the wedding.
Check with the local town about any permits
that might be required. Also, you will want to know if there are any
noise ordinances so your reception doesn't get shut down by the local
Plan For Parking
Parking can be another concern depending on
the size of your guest list. Consider hiring someone to park cars if
you think your guests will have trouble finding a parking space.
Size Of The Backyard
Determine if the backyard can handle your
wedding. How many people are you inviting? If you have a small
backyard, be realistic about how many people you can invite.
A Good Caterer
Search for a caterer that specializes in
outdoor events. Outdoor weddings require different cooking equipment
and organization that a regular caterer may not be able to handle.
Add A Theme
Consider choosing a wedding theme
like a garden party, a flower theme like Daisy or a seasonal theme like fall or spring.
Rent a portable restroom if you are having a large
wedding. You will not want people walking in and out of the house to
use the restroom.
Have a backup plan! If you are planning to have
your ceremony outside and not under a tent, make sure you have a backup
plan in case of bad weather.
Choose The Right Season
Depending on the time of year for your
wedding, consider renting heaters or air conditioners. A bad situation
would be to have a summer wedding when it is 100 degrees without any
air conditioners to cool off the guests.
Get Planning Help
Don't try to do it all yourself. If you are
choosing a backyard wedding idea to save money, don't kill yourself
trying to do all the planning, cooking and other details. Ask family
members or friends for help, or consider hiring a wedding planner
for the day.