(Closed) A Backyard wedding- Any bees have any pics or tips to share?!

posted 6 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Make sure that the bathroom facilities are adequate, that you have a reliable source of power, map out what the setup will be so you can see how big of things you will need, if you’re having a caterer ask them what they need on site.. that’s all I can think of off the top of my head but good luck! I love back yard weddings.

Post # 4
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5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How many guests? I had a backyard wedding, but with only 55 guests (about 75 invitees). My mom’s yard couldn’t accommodate a tent, since the ground sloped too much. But since we had a small number, we were able to just use their house as the rain plan. Here are some pictures of the yard before the wedding, sorry they’re so huge:

In this one, the little dots you see in the bushes behind the flowers are christmas lights we put up. You can’t really tell from the picture, but they looked very pretty:

And here’s one from during the ceremony:

Post # 6
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1150 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We rented a property that was essentially a big open grassy space with nine cabins surrounding it. We were able to do anything we wanted and we did! We built our own dance floor, wired the entire property for surround sound and brought in 2 tents, chairs, tables for a sit-down dinner. You can do everything you like! 

Post # 7
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7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I second the port-a-potty thing!  I attended a backyard wedding and that was a key factor.  They rented two.

Post # 8
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

When I was planning a backyard wedding (we have since decided to forgo the idea) our two biggest problems were bathrooms and parking. Make sure that you have enough bathroom space for the number of people that you are having and that you have adequate parking space. We would have had to rent a shuttle to bring people from a parking area to our yard. We live on a busy road with no shoulders, so they couldn’t park on the side of the road. Good luck!

Post # 10
Bee
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

Keep in mind that renting everything does add up, with the tent being the biggie. You’ll want to make sure you get a tent big enough for all the tables, chairs, extra tables for cake/guestbook/etc., and a dance floor if you’re having one. As PPs mentioned, the bathroom and parking situations can be tricky.

In Ontario, if you’re supplying the booze, you’re responsible if anything happens (i.e. drunk drivers) so I’m amassing a list of taxi companies and am prepared to pay for people’s fares if they’re wasted and want to drive away.

For music, you probably aren’t going to have a DJ in your yard (though you might!) so think about how you’re going to have sound for the ceremony/speeches/reception.

This post has some good info that I’ve filed away!

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