Post # 1
Im looking for some backyard wedding insioration ideas, Hoping for anyone here to give me a few tips and pointers!
I know renting a tent is a must, so thats off the list, and obviously chairs, tables and centerpieces.. But what else would I need to think of?
Post # 3
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
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:
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Post # 6
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
I second the port-a-potty thing! I attended a backyard wedding and that was a key factor. They rented two.
Post # 8
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 # 9
I didn’t have one myself, but I love the YoungHouseLove blog, and they detailed their backyard wedding here: http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/
Post # 10
- 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!
Post # 11
Thank you everyone!!
The backyard Idea is still being considered. Im not sure about the source of power though, so Id have to look into that… We dont plan on having dancing, so Im now looking into 1) Fireworks 2) Photobooth rental and 3) Hennah tatooes ( For a lady to come down and girls/guys can have some awesome art work drawn on thier hands. arms, wherever. Anyway, just jotting down some ideas. but keep the ideas coming!! 🙂