A long one today – but an important one!

It’s a lovely idea to have a wedding in your own backyard, or sometimes in the backyard of a close friend or family member. But before you decide to take that plunge there are several things you should know. The most important things to remember is that unless you hire a wedding planner, you will be doing most or all the work. Every last detail, from rentals, to catering, to flowers, music, and more, will be in your own hands.

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This is both a blessing and a curse. Some couples think that a home-made wedding will save them money, and are sorely disappointed when the rental bills add up. We often don’t realize all that comes with a venue when we have an event there. The tables, chairs, linens, tableware, wait staff, bartender, and bar, for that matter, are all part and parcel of a banquet facility. If the issue is money, consider carefully whether you will truly save.


So you still want to do it? Then, great, because there are lots of pluses as well as those negatives. The biggest plus being that you can have it in your own style and with a certain intimacy only one’s own space can provide.

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I have seen many backyard weddings that had style and grace. Here are some things to consider when planning:

– The all-important rain plan. Should it rain on the big day, you need to have a suitable plan to accommodate the number of people attending. Is the house big enough? Are you renting a tent, and does it have sides that will fold down. At certain times of years portable heaters may be necessary. Is there a covering to get from the house to the tent?


– Another crucial issues that can often be over looked are power cords – where will you run the extension cords for your music and food vendors.


– Do you have adequate parking plans? Are there adequate toilet facilities? Will you need signs to point guests towards amenities?


– Where will you stage the ceremony? How will you arrange for chairs for the ceremony and if they are the same chairs to be used for a sit-down meal, who will move them?


The long tables are very family friendly.

– Are there neighbors who might be disturbed by music or cars? If so, contact them in advance.


– Are there any restrictions in your community about serving alcohol outdoors? Contact your local municipality to be sure.


– Outdoor weddings can be plagued with insects. Make sure you have checked out the situation and plan accordingly.


Try to think through the day, from the very beginning to the end and imagine what will be happening. You will certainly need to get organized and make sure you have lots of help, delegating tasks to family and friends. Someone can direct the parking, someone can decorate the area, someone can be in charge of first aid. There are many ways to go with a backyard wedding, and costs can be saved, especially when family and friends contribute, such as making your food and baking your cake. Don’t let people discourage you, but just know what you’re in for. Good luck!




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