Backyard Wedding…any tips/advice???

posted 3 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
Member
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My biggest suggestion would be to make sure you have logistics covered ahead of time… namely parking and bathrooms.  

Things like lighting and decor can be taken care of easily enough with a tent or extension cords 🙂

Which reminds me… you should make sure you have an inclement weather plan!  A tent is perfect if it’s raining, but if there are strong winds or dangerous storms you may want to check if there’s enough room inside for that many people.

Post # 4
Hostess
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Minniemousie1:  I didn’t have a backyard wedding but I did have an engagement. We had it during the day which was awesome. They only thing I would suggest here that wasn’t stated above is that having something like a Marquee set up is really good.

My husband and I also ran around like headelss chooks so make sure you have some help on hand for people who don’t mind stocking up food trays (if you are cooking yourself) and don’t mind taking food back inside or bringing out desserts.

I found it difficult to decorate becuse you have to have things that won’t be blown around too much, I would suggest rather than floral arrangements that could be ruined by too much wind to have steadier centerpieces like books. And candle lights are great especially the fake ones that are electronic.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We had originally planned to have a backyard wedding but the cost of the rentals and the uncertainty of the weather and set up times convinced us to rethink our plans.  Just make sure if you are renting any items – tent, port a potty, tables, that they are being delivered in enough time for you to have everything set up and decorated.  Also as already stated, plan b in case of poor weather.  Also how will you keep food hot/cold outside?  The cake?  Are you going to get married in the same location as the reception?  If so, how will you transition from ceremony to reception?  Who will take care of garbage, bringing food in and/or replenishing food, serving cake, etc.

Here is a great article:http://idodesigns.com/wedding-planning-101/10-things-to-consider-when-planning-a-backyard-wedding/

Hope this helps.

Post # 7
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922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’m helping my sister plan her backyard wedding now. 

A couple things..definitely rent bathrooms so that won’t be an issue, Pinterest has been amazing for finding nice DIY decor for outdoors, and depending on how much you want to budget/DIY, you could do a lot of the food yourselves ahead of time since catering can be so expensive 

Post # 8
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I had a backyard wedding last year. We rented nice bathrooms because the house had a septic tank and I was afraid there may be problems. I made it upscale casual. We had a buffet catered by a local restaurant. Rentals were delivered the day before. They were ready with tents as our backup if it rained. The groom’s sister was in charge of much of the setup the morning of the wedding.  Make sure your have someone level -headed. Mine freaked out, and when I arrived I had to put out some fires! I had a day-of coordinator as well. Make sure you get references.  Mine didn’t do that great a job. I think one thing I may have done differently was to end it before sundown. I planned for it to go into evening and bought lights and sparklers for our exit.  It ended up great,  but was a lot of work. I had to plan a layout for the lights,  and a couple of weeks in advance we did a test run which took hours. Then setup the night before and having our friends and family take them down the day after the wedding was probably a bit much. All in all, it was a great experience and saved a bit of money. 

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