Post # 1
Morning bees 🙂
Yesterday, Fiance and I came to a conclusion: we want a simple wedding. Even with 18 months to go, wedding madness is taking over, and we’re just not fancy people. We’ve looked at tons of venues, and none has really been “the one”. And then we realized the one place we never thought to use was right under our noses – his family’s backyard! They live in Worcester, Massachusetts and have a HUGE backyard that would be plenty big to fit our 50-70 guests comfortably.
Problem is, up until now I’ve been pricing everything according to a venue ceremony/reception so I have no idea what kind of budget to look at for an at-home wedding. I’d LOVE to see some breakdowns from Bees who did a backyard/at-home type wedding so I can get an overall idea.
And if you have pictures/links to a blog on your wedding, pleeeease post them 🙂
PS – I’m open to any amount, be it $1,000 or $15,000 so please don’t be afraid to post no matter what your total was.
Post # 3
We are having our wedding in the backyard of our home we had built last year. Instead of putting 10k into one day (although very special) I would have felt bummed to come home the day after to a dirt filled lot! We planned for a year and out of everything I must say the flexibility to do what you want when you can def does not add any more stress! We did everything from pavers, flagstone entry, grass area & lots of amazing landscaping & flagstone fire pit! (Wish I could post pics!) We also are explecting 50-60 of close family & friends. As far as it being more cost effective than a venue,,I would say you A; have a blank canvas to create wonderful ideas & memories, B; Can have your own vendors/catering/ options….It was not stressful on me or my pockets! Don’t have an exact dollar amount but would say about 12k but with an amazing oasis backyard. Happy Planning! & I will post pics soon!
Post # 4
@gemini2loveme: That sounds gorgeous! And I love that you put a significant chunk of the funds into improvements for your yard that will last for years and years. I can’t wait to see pics!
Wonder if we can convince his family to do the same? The house will almost definitely be passed on to us down the road since he’s the only child in the family, so it’s worth thinking about what we could do that’d be a permanent/semipermanent improvement and also function as wedding decor.
Post # 5
I think this is the mother of all backyard weddings!
Venue: Free (backyard)
Music: Free (family friend played ceremony music on guitar & we used an iPod for the reception)
Photography: Free (brother-in-law is a photographer)
Officiant: Free (cousin got certified online)
Wine & Drinks: $100
Cupcakes & S’mores: $125
Table & Chair Rentals: $350
Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260
Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300
Lighting & Candles: $120
Flip Flops/Photo Clothesline/Welcome Sign: $75
Mosquito Sticks/Candles/Spray: $50
Photo Booth: $1200 (the one big splurge- and so worth it)
Post # 6
I loved younghouselove’s backyard wedding, I also loved the one at abackyardwedding.blogspot.com
I pored over these blogs when I was at the beginning of planning, I would have loved to have a backyard wedding!
Post # 7
Oh wow, thanks for both links you two! I’m loving all the tiny touches they had that I didn’t even think of doing myself, like buying fabric for table runners vs. renting! This is great 🙂
Post # 8
We are having a backyard wedding at my brothers barn assuming 80 people will show.
Venue Fee: Free
Rentals (tent/tables/chairs, etc): $1200
Decorations/lights/ flatware/plates/beverage dispensars, etc $1000
Transportation: Free! Provided by hotel!
That’s what we’re at about now (ballpark figure)… Backyard weddings are the way to go!
Post # 9
Our cost breakdowns are as follows:
Tent/tables/chairs and other rentals: $850
Food for 40 people: $400
Dress and accessories: $350
We aren’t having a bridal party or anything like that; we will just have 2 people as witnesses for the document signing. I am going to make cupcakes for the ‘cake’.
Post # 10
Venue: free (backyard)
Music: $90 for a portable sound system (itunes for the ceremony music, and spotify/iphones for the reception)
Photography: free (gift from MIL)
Drinks: $100 (instead of serving alcohol, we celebrated with fun bottled sodas)
Dessert Table: $50(ish) — (candy bought on post-valentine’s day clearance for CHEAP and cupcakes, cakepops and cookies made by friends and family)
Table & Chair Rentals: $1100 (a tent was a must)
Invitations/Thank Yous: $70 (invitations were a kit purchased with a 50-percent off coupon for $20 and printed at office max for $3)
Favors: $5 (dessert table doubled as a favor, purchased $5 glassine bags so guests could take something home)
Fabric For Runners: $20
Lighting & Candles: $10
Bouquet: $20 (DIY’d with silks)
Miscellaneous: $204(ish) (poms, decor, craft materials, marriage license, gifts)
TOTAL: $3206 (give or take $100 or so)
Post # 11
I’ll play along. We also married on family property since it’ll be nice to always look out in the yard and know we got married there.
We had 120 guests
Venue: free (backyard)
Music: $360 – Friendor DJ
Photography: $300 – Friendor
Drinks: $500 – bought bulk wine plus 2 kegs
Dessert Table: $150 cupcakes
Table & Chair Rentals: $2840 – tents, chairs, tables (it was suddenly unseasonably cold so had to rent a heater plus sides for the tent.
Invitations/Thank Yous: $240 – STD’s, Invites, Thank You’s and lots and lots of stamps
Favors: Skipped these
Servingware: $176 – plastic look a like china
Lighting & Candles: $100
Flowers: $390 – everything came from Sam’s
Port o Potties: Gift from Grooms parents
Miscellaneous: $2500(ish) (attendants gifts, tux, make up, rings, ice, DOC, Pre marital class, tips, wedding night hotel, seating chart, guest book, etc)
Post # 12
@sienna76: This wedding is gorgeous! All of your info makes me really wish I could have a backyard wedding, but MI weather just tends to be too voilatile (my sister had her grad party in May, same month as my wedding, last year, and we had a huge storm–almost a tornado–go through it, and scared my mom and I away from ever having a big event in our yard again!)
Post # 13
Venue: free (parent’s backyard)
Music: friend playing guitar for ceremony, iPod and large speakers for reception
Photography: cost of a hotel room for a friend who’s a photographer
Officiant: free (my Dad got notarized so he could perform the ceremony)
Food: $905 for low country boil catered (paid for by my parents)
Drinks: haven’t gotten here yet but we’re expecting to spend about $200
Dessert Table: desserts are included in food
Table & Chair Rentals: @$410 (chairs, tables, linens, portable restroom)
Invitations/Thank Yous: not purchased yet, sent invitations online
Fabric For Runners: tablecloths included in rental
Lighting & Candles: $120
Bouquet: not sure yet, DIYing the day of (going to a florist in the morning and just picking out some things I like from what they have)
Dress: $1400 (paid for by my parents)
Miscellaneous: @$415 (FI’s suit, misc. decorations, sparklers,etc.)
TOTAL: $1415(ish) by couple, $2305 by bride’s parents – total of $3720
Post # 13
Commenting for future reference
Post # 14
gemini2loveme: what an amazing idea! I love it
Post # 15
Great thread! I’m thinking of doing a backyard wedding myself, but I have a few questions:
1.) Did anybody get complaints from neighbors? (noise/parking)
2.) Did anybody need to get a special permit for the event? (if so, which ones and for how much?)
3.) What about bathrooms? Did anybody need to rent portapotties?
Thanks in advance