Post # 1
Over the last few years my SO and I have had a million different ideas on where we want to get married, Fiji, Las Vegas, SO’s parents property (it’s 10 acres), the beach… blah blah blah… it’s a never ending discussion.
We were talking last night about our savings, getting married and having kids etc.. I suggested that we get married and have a cocktail recepiton/party in our backyard but SO said that sounded a little lame… we live on a 13885ft² block and our house is set at the front of the block so we have a massive backyard which is flat and perfectly rectangular – I think it could look magical if we did it up right (and it would be cheap!)
If you were invited to a wedding in someones backyard would you think it was tacky?
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Post # 2
Brickette: I think they’re great! I wish I’d had the land to have been able to do it. Go with your heart (and your head).
Post # 3
Nope. If you can seat and feed everyone comfortably, it’s a nice way to have an intimate wedding.
Post # 4
Not at all. We’re planning a backyard ceremony and it was at FI’s suggestion! One benefit is that it’s letting us cut the guest list tactfully so now it’s just down to our absolutely nearest and dearest.
Post # 5
As long as there is a comfortable amount of seating, food, and maybe a tent if you could get rain, I wouldn’t think bad of it at all!
Post # 6
Here is a few photos of our yard… the 3rd one (with the tables and chairs) was taken at my SO’s 30th birthday, we had 30 people there comfortably and could do it up much nicer for a wedding.. I would paint the fence for sure 😛
Post # 7
Brickette: Your yard is perfect for a wedding. It is flat and there is shelter if needed. One concern might be the number of guests vs the capacity of your bathrooms.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2015 - Hidden Acres
I think it’s a great option, not tacky at all. You might need to perhaps rent some portable bathrooms, but even those can be really nice. I say go for it!!
Post # 9
julies1949: Our house has 1 bathroom so for SO’s birthday we hired a porta-loo and it was fine so I think if we would just hire more for a wedding and lock the house since no-one would need to go inside!
Post # 10
I think it would be lovely. 🙂 As the others pointed out, just make sure there’s enough shelter, food, ad bathrooms!
Post # 11
Brickette: i wish i could have had a backyard wedding! You save a ton of money and you can hire a caterer. Having a venue (backyard) gives you room to have a nice affordable wedding!
Post # 12
Brickette: we had a backyard wedding just over 2 weeks ago and so many people told us that it was the most amazing wedding they had ever been to! So I don’t think it comes off as tacky at all. Just make sure you have a rain plan and enough seating for everyone. It’s also a good idea to rent some portable washrooms (they have some really nice ones!) and give sufficient heads up to your neighbors.
Post # 13
Brickette: A colleague of mine got married recently in his parents backyard and it was one of the most stunningly gorgeous weddings i’ve ever seen, it was so dreamy and charming and so very them! If it’s done right, it can look amaaaaazing. I say go for it!
Post # 14
Thanks Bees, I think it could look amazing if done right and it would mean that we would have more money for the Honeymoon! We have 4 bedrooms so our family could stay the night in our house and SO and I could go stay in a nice hotel at the beach 15 mins from our house (for some alone time ) and we could come home in the morning for a big family breakfast with everyone!
Plus, it’s “ours”, I love everything about our house, I’d LOVE to tell our children one day that mummy and daddy got married right in the yard where they play!
Post # 15
Our friends just had their wedding and reception in their backyard and while it was amazing and in no way tacky they did have to pay for a lot of logistical things that you take for granted at a venue. The did save money but it was no where close to what they thought they would save. besides the tent, table chairs, high end porta potty (you don’t want to have the basic ones when ur guests are in dresses eww), but also linens, plates,glasses, chairs, tables etc etc. My point is price it all out vs the venue you want. It’s a ton of work to set up and take down too not things you want to really be doing or having your family do on your wedding day. My friend and her bridesmaids were out setting up her tables at 6am! Gross.