(Closed) Anyone else doing a backyard reception?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I am! I’ve just started planning but we already know we are going to be using a stereo instead o

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Post # 4
Bee
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I am! We’re having a tented reception & iPod music. For decorations I’m doing bunting for the tent and yarn/paper flowers with candles for centerpieces, and probably a bunch of twinkly lights around the yard. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m having a “backyard” reception… It’s technically a field, but it’s in the backyard.

We are cooking our own meat (“hired” a friend to be in charge of making sure everything is hot and cut and ready to serve on time) and using whole foods for our sides, apps and dessert.  A local baker for our small and simple cake to cut (simple & local = cheap).

We have a friend who is a DJ who is giving us a good deal since we don’t have to pay for any travel for him (the wedding is kind of in the middle of nowhere, it’s an hour and a half to the nearest city so most of our vendors charged quite a bit for travel).

My biggest splurges have been photography and a day of coordinator.  I do have a florist, but was originally going to DIY flowers, but found a great deal for about the same as doing them myself. AND my DOC passes them on her way to the farm so she is picking up the flowers for me so I don’t have to pay a delivery fee.

Another way we are saving money is having a rain plan instead of renting a tent.  Our rainplan is to have the wedding & reception in a rustic church hall instead of the farm.  The hall rental was $250 as opposed to a tent (that could flood) that was upwards of $2000!

I rented the linens when they were having a 50% off sale so I saved a bunch there.

Otherwise I’m DIYing a lot of the little details like napkin rings, arbor, random tissue paper flowers, signage, bunting, ring pillow, lighting (christmas and cafe lights) etc.

My biggest suggestion is compare prices of buying vs renting things.  We found out that is was cheaper to buy silverware and napkins instead of renting them… and we can sell them after (or use them in our restaurant).

Good luck!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

sorry. my phone messed up. I’ve just started planning but we are defiantly going to have a stereo instead of a dj. we are going to take advantage of his parents yard and his beautiful garden. that’s all i have so far.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Just do a cookout. Get a friend to man the grill, pay him $50 or buy him a nice present. Do hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. Go somewhere good (or even Publix. delicious.) and get some deli baked beans, potato salad, fresh rolls, lay out a big bar in the kitchen or on a big picnic table, and have a couple of coolers full of different beers. I would love to go to that party.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@o0olibelulao0o: I am researching tents right now. I have no idea what they cost. Any tips? I am worried about planning an outdoor wedding (May 26, 2013) without a tent.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@nycsa:  Just try to find a cheap alternative instead.  They tend to be really expensive.  But you have to be willing to let go of the idea of having an outdoor wedding if weather doesn’t cooperate.  We are getting married in a really small town that has a lot of historical churches (they are called the painted churches of Texas) and each church has a historic hall next to it.  Not all of them were the beautiful vision I had in mind but we found one that has a lot of charm and has the vintage flair that I love.  It took some work to find and it took a lot of imagination to come up with an alternate vision of my wedding, but I’m just going to hope for good weather and roll with it if it has to be changed. πŸ™‚

 

@peachbaby4008:  we are doing smoked meat (beef and chicken) with all the fixings: potato salad, beans, cucumber salad, regular salad, a vegan dish of some sort, bread etc.

Our appetizers are sliced veggies with a variety of dips, fruit, various cheeses, smoke sausage and crackers, vegan antipasti.

And our dessert bar is going to have:  cake bites, our 25 serving cake to cut, southern fried pies and cookies… And our favor is a “make your own smore” kit. πŸ™‚

We are getting everything but the meat and our small cake from whole foods “catering” department.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are having a backyard ceremony and reception.  We are getting a tent; which is the most expensive part. I am on a tight budget as well.  We will set up for the ceremony and then move the guests to the front yard and have my DOC (hired event planning student = cheap!!) change things around for the reception.  We are getting pasta from a local restaurant that the DOC will pick up.  For decorations I will be using paper lanterns, christmas lights, fabric for draping and candles. Our plan is to use a stereo/ipod. I DIY’ed the centerpieces and table runners.  I ended up buying tablecloths and napkins (cause it’s cheaper) and we will sell them afterwards.  For the dress I ordered a replica dress from China, so I saved a ton there.  The dress was $235. The photographer is free because he is starting his own business and needs photos for his portfolio. He did our engagment photos already.

Post # 14
Bee
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

@peachbaby4008:  Wow! Ours is going to be the same and it’s $600. Then again I’ve heard of people paying over $1000 so I guess I’m in the middle. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@peachbaby4008:  holy cow that’s cheap!!  Tents in my area run about $1000+, plus delivery!  I would have gone with a tent if I could have gotten one that cheap, although you should think about how much it would be if you had to get walls, I don’t know about your area, but when it rains here is POURS and is usually windy so tents without walls would flood (actually, tents with walls tend to flood too).  That’s why our best bet was an old church hall. πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@o0olibelulao0o:  Is that with or without a dance floor?

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