Post # 1
Bees! I need some help figuring out if a location will work for a small wedding (probably about 15-20 guests MAX). My FMIL has a BEAUTIFUL backyard and house in San Diego, and I think it would be perfect for our wedding (both the ceremony and the reception). FI and I are college students and a gorgeous FREE venue in San Diego would be a life saver. FI asked his mom for her permission to get married at her house and she said she would be thrilled! Now, I just some advice from the more experienced bees! Tell me if you think it will work!
This is a center shot of the backyard. I imagine a cute little arch thingy in the center for us to get married under, and chairs on each side. That means I would be walking up the stairs and then down the little aisle. My one concern is that the yard has a slight downhill slant towards the stairs, so I’m not sure how that would affect the seating… people seated in back would have a more difficult time seeing. Any bees have a creative solution for that?
Here’s another picture, slightly different angle.
This is the backyard, facing the opposite direction.
This is the side of the house, facing away from the backyard (if you look in the previous picture you can kind of see the stairs and pool and see where it is in relation to the grassy area). This is only about 2/3 of the side of the house, it extends farther towards the grassy area by another 3 of those concrete blocks. This is where I imagined having a reception (plus the inside of the house, of course). I picture a DJ against the concrete wall in the back of the picture, and some cute lights strung up on the underside of the deck for people to dance or just chill under.
I know this is a lot of info, but I really need help! We’re doing the whole marriage thing kind of out of order (we haven’t bought rings or anything yet but we’re already planning the wedding). So, for those of you more experienced than me, will this work for a venue?
I’ve added a poll just so I can get a general idea of it would work or not, but please help in the comments too!
Post # 3
I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Just make sure the noise level drops at a decent hour for the neighbors!
Post # 4
What a beautiful backyard. I think it looks perfect and a great spot for a wedding:)
Post # 5
I think it’s gorgeous! You could do a cocktail and finger food thing on that stone rectangular area. The grass area is perfect for vows.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for the replies! I’m glad no one sees any major problems with it, I may have found my venue!
@Baimee: I plan on letting neighbors know at least a couple months in advance, then reminding them again the week of the wedding. I think I might also make them little gift baskets just to thank them for understanding that there will be music and lots of cars parked on the streets. I don’t think the festivities will go too late anyways – we will probably all migrate inside once it starts getting dark and chilly.
Post # 7
@AKMusher: great plan! It would be horrible to have a noise complaint regarding the wedding!
Especially with the small guest list I think you should be fine there!
Post # 8
@AKMusher: You don’t have to worry about the slope of the yard making it difficult for anyone to see.
If you have 20 guests, 5 chairs to a row on each side, you will only have 2 rows. Everyone will be able to see just fine.
Post # 9
Looks great to me! Good idea on letting the neighbors know and giving them a gift basket. That’s a sweet gesture
Post # 10
@julies1949: You’re so right. This is why I need the advice of experienced bees – I can’t even figure out the simplest things because I’m too excited to be planning my wedding!
Post # 11
@AKMusher: I think it will be a perfect wedding venue!
Post # 12
Beautiful! I think it’ll work out great.
Post # 14
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I think it’s gorgeous! Also, to avoid the people in the back not being able to see, you could always turn the aisle to the side. As in, you go up the stairs, and then make a right or a left turn down the aisle. This way, you could probably utilize the furthest portion of the yard, and rearrange things in regards to the slopiest areas. That’s my idea.
If you aren’t having a BP, could you not walk up the stairs, and have all the tables on the lawn? Just a different suggestion. This way, everyone can see regardless, and if their chairs are back far enough(and of course, position of the sun), they won’t have to strain to see.
Post # 15
I don’t see what the problem is – looks like built in stadium seating to me! The yard is very well manicured, an arch with some florals and/or curtains would be exquisite here.