Six Dos and Don'ts for a Backyard Wedding

The backyard wedding of your dreams doesn’t come without a little planning. We have come up with a list of dos and don’ts. Read more here!

By Anni Irish

Six Dos and Don'ts for a Backyard Wedding
Photo by Erica Frisk Photography

Having a wedding in the comfort of your own home is unlike anything else. Wherever you are choosing to have your small backyard wedding from your parents, grandparents, friend's or even your own backyard space, there are a lot of moving parts to consider. And in some regards, having your wedding at home may potentially end up costing more because of many of the things that come up in preparing your home for your big day and your guests. Even if the price tag ends up being more than you originally anticipated, having the backdrop of your wedding in space that means so much to you and your partner is priceless.

Like everything, there are many advantages and disadvantages to hosting your wedding. Although it's not the most traditional thing, there are many upsides to planning a DIY backyard wedding in a sentimental non-traditional space like your childhood backyard. Here are a few do's and don'ts to keep in mind as you are planning the wedding of your dreams in your favorite backyard.

Do try to get your money to go farther and work with a wide range of vendors

When it comes to holding your wedding at an events venue, this means there are generally prepared packages that are contingent on the size of your wedding party usually. While an event space is equipped to hold larger, and even smaller gatherings, this often means it makes it harder to customize the special day event to your specifications. Having an event in your own space means that you're the boss and that you and your partner are able to decide every detail of your big day. This means everything down to the cocktail napkins, the kinds of chairs, linens, cake and more can all be done to the exact requirements you have in your mind.

Everything to a full catered sit down dinner, having food trucks, pass hors d'oeuvres and more are up for grabs. It all really comes down to your personality and what you want on your wedding important day. This also means you have more freedom to work with a variety of wedding vendors and caters of your choosing and you're not limited to what the pre-existing relationships the venue may have with others. By having your budget organized a specific way can allow you to splurge more in other areas such as wedding decorations, alcohol, and entertainment to make it a more personalized event making it a win win for everyone.

Don't forget to plan for unforeseen costs

Because your family's backyard, or the outdoor space you're having your wedding in is not a traditional events space, this also means there are other costs that will come up. Details such as parking, having enough bathrooms, dealing with the trash now fall on the people organizing the event so it has to be planned out. This also means spending money on things you might not have expected to. There are also aspects such as the landscaping and issues that may come up with whatever critters that live in your backyard that may have to be addressed.

Do try to be realistic

Even though you may have very elaborate plans for your backyard wedding, it's important to be realistic about the execution. The old phrase “you can't have it all” can really come in handy for times like this and can help keep you on track with the kind of wedding you're after. There may be things that come up that you didn't plan for so trying to just roll with what happens and be realistic can hopefully help save you some time and stress in the long run.

Do consider the space

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One thing you should consider when planning the intimate backyard wedding of your dreams is your physical space. You want to make sure you are able to accommodate the number of guests you are inviting comfortably, and also have a flow of tables, chairs, eating and beverage stations, generators, even a dance floor and more that make sense for the space you're in. The general rule of thumb, is to allow for 6 to 10 feet of floor space per guest per row for organizing

Considering the overall space will be one of the biggest demands you will have to contend with in planning a the backyard wedding of your dreams. As you're getting into the nitty gritty of the plans, it is also important to consult professionals every step of the way to make sure you're on the right track. This means checking in with various wedding vendors, and landscaping professionals., and even Hiring a wedding planner could help you organize.

Do have a realistic timetable

There are a lot of things that come up with wedding planning and having a realistic time table is vital. Even when thinking about things such as your floral arrangements, and the time of year need to be factored into this. And for an at home wedding, having the right kind of landscaping and florals is depending on this. Other elements also factor into the timing as well––make sure to secure your carter, bartenders, entertainment and other rentals such as chairs, linens, utensils etc ahead of time. The sooner you're able to have those contracts signed for the big day it can help take a weight off your shoulders.

Do have a plan B

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Even the most well planned events do have mishaps and the weather for a backyard wedding can prove to be a big issue. Perhaps you are planning an inside/outside event for your big day, so having the option to move it entirely inside via a tent is a good alternative. Make sure to secure a rental for the tent ahead of time and also try to plan for inclement weather and the factors that may come up with this. This also also means having a way to heat and cool your guests depending on the time of year either with fans, heaters etc. Having a plan b can help ease the stress and knowing your big day will happen no matter what is the most important part of all!

Having a backyard wedding can allow you to have a lot of freedom and create the wedding of your dreams; but, there are also a lot of other details that need to be accounted for. Remember to try and have all your bases covered with the logistics and also remember to have the time of your life!

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