(Closed) Backyard-ish wedding

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

You also have to consider bathrooms, tables, chairs and a tent for a backyard wedding. Your caterer can provide staff for it and will do clean up their own stuff.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

costs add up quickly when you have to rent everything. if you go that route, i would probably get a wedding planner to help coordinate all of the vendors. don’t expect it to be any cheaper than the country club though!

if you have the time and money, i would go for the house. it would be so meaningful and personal to get married at your grandparents’ house — especially if you’ve always dreamed of it!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

FI and I are planning a backyard wedding for 80 guests. The ceremony will be held outside and the reception will be held under a tent. It is quite a lot of planning since you have to make arrangements for everything to be brought in….tent, dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, floral, catering, etc. 

What is helping me is to track everything using a spreadsheet. FI REALLY wanted a backyard wedding so, for me, the extra headache is worth it. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@mel828: and @kitzy: I def agree with getting a wedding planner. Getting married at your grandparent’s home would be especially meaninful and you’d have some amazing pics. I would start crunching numbers (ballpark them) and see what you can do. Start with your local rental company (ours is taylor rental). Maybe they will give you a break on the price if you coordinate everything through them?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Personally, I would do the BY wedding if I had family with a great house. If cost is an issue, you can DIY a lot of things, and it would be much cheaper than a Country Club and way more meaningful. If you have a larger budget, I second the wedding coordinator idea.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

We did the backyard wedding in style.  Yes it’s a lot of work but we managed to do it in a short time (we were only engaged 4-1/2 months) and costs do add up but to have the type of wedding we had at a comparable location would have been quite a load more.  Tents were a big cost but we rented ours several days in advance of the wedding so we had time to decorate.  We had lots of people around to help and we did get a coordinator for the day of to help last minute things fall into place.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We had our wedding in the courtyard of a B&B. It was a pretty small place, so they needed us to rent all of the tables, chairs, dishes, etc. I thought it would get pretty expensive but it ended up not costing that much at all. And what I liked best about it was the venue did all of that work. I don’t know anything about how much of what we should get, so we picked out the stuff and the person at our venue did the rest. And like you said, we didn’t have to worry about setting up and clean up.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mel828: I didn’t but I wanted to. Found a beautiful place to have it and would’ve have been great for photos but I found over a short period of time I was waking up and not feelng ‘yeah i’m getting married at …’ but ‘oh we’re getting married at … and that means i’ve got sort x and y’ and z for that matter! So like you it scared me and we backed out before we had sent the deposit.

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