Post # 1
So I am planning a budget wedding for 200 people in my partially finished back yard! Some days I think I have it all under control and then others I think I am absolutely crazy for trying to pull this off! Oh the details I need to consider, like extension cords and food tables.. the little things you don’t have to worry about when having a wedding in a standard venue.
Anyone else planning a big backyard wedding? How is it going? ever feel overwhelmed by the details?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My favorite weddings I’ve been to have all been in backyards!! Our will be kinda like this – it’s at a venue that’s a sort of “camp” with a bunch of cabins and a big outdoor space. I think they have tables, but we have to set everything up and deal with extension cords and all that junk.
It’s overwhelming right now because it’s in a different town, so I can’t even go look at it to get a good sense of what / how much we’ll need to set up and decorate. (Haven’t been there in a couple years, for a different wedding.) I’m just trying to put those details out of my head for now since I’ve got a good 8+ months…
But, I know when it’s time, we’ll be able to recruit all our friends in town to help us get it all set up. And it’ll be the perfect site when it’s all organized and decorated! I’m sure your friends/family will also be able to rally and help set up, right?
Post # 4
I would have loved a backyard wedding, but we didn’t have any big enough backyards available for us! We ended up finding a venue with the same feel.
I’d recommend having a rain back up plan (probably a tent), and maybe hiring a DOC to help with the set up and details. If we didn’t have the tent, we wouldn’t have had a ceremony, so it is very important!
Post # 5
I will deffinitely have a couple tents, one for the reception area and one for the band. I am going to have camoping out after the reception a well, it is goig to be so much fun!
Post # 6
you should check out the Young House Love site, they did their own backyard wedding. They were very detailed about the entire thing, and made it seem like it was completely doable.
Post # 7
We had our reception in our backyard. It was overwelming at times but it was worth it in the end! We had all week to slowly set up. We had just moved in earlier in the year so it was also a chance to show off our home to a lot of our family that had never seen it. It was a very fun, relax atmosphere but still very much a “wedding” and a “party”. We rented a dancefloor and had a DJ and my girls danced with me all day long!
Post # 8
We’ll be attempting abig backyard wedding in July. Right now it looks like anywhere between 100 to 200 people coming. We wanted it for a more relaxed athmopshere and since we aren’t big dancers, to have other options for entertainment.
That said, my mother is either the voice of reason or what will be the death of me. Anytime our wedding is mentioned, it falls on to the well why are you having a back yard reception? What about rain? What if its too cold?too hot? What if someone hurts themselves? How will you keep cold food cold? Warm food hot? tents? how many tents? chairs? tables? etc etc etc etc……
I thought I was going to hit my head over something at thanksgiving because of her. We’ve talked about logistics several times with her but she can’t quite grasp it.
We have plenty of fridges, within walking distance, to store food. We are going to have a tent somewhere in case of rain. If it’s too hot, there will be shade, a pool and drinks. If it’s too cold, I hope people bring a sweater. We aren’t doing chairs and tables, there will be lawn chairs and blankets and a few chairs and tables for the older folks.
We really want people to mingle, have fun and act like it’s a family reunion/bbq…..
Post # 9
We’re also doing a 200 people backyard wedding! There are days were I’m so happy we decided this because it lets us have control over everything, but at the same time, everything is a lot to plan out! All the little details can feel VERY overwhelming. Sometimes I worry that things won’t look cohesive! But we’ll have to wait and see 🙂
Post # 10
jatelynn You aren’t doing tables and chairs? I have been considering that but not sure how it would go over. I am thinking a combination of some tables/chairs for the old folks, a smattering of picnic tables and then some blankets for sitting on. We want a very casual feel as well. What are you doing for food?
Post # 11
I’m doing a backyard wedding for around 200 people as well! It’s definately a lot of work, but I’m hoping it will be worth it. We’re renting a tent in case of rain. And we’ve got lots of plans in case it’s hot. And bigs lists of things we need to rent. We’re having hte main meal catered, because I didn’t want to deal with food! Which also means setting up a catering tent! If you have any questions about specifics, just PM me. I don’t promise to have answers but I’ll try!
Post # 12
Though not engaed yet, we are also talking about a backyard wedding. We are not even planning and the logistics are giving me a headache! LOL! I was considering having a “Day-Of” wedding coordinator to help with that. Has anyone else ever used one for a backyard wedding?
Post # 13
@Polaris: I have been considering a day of coordinator but my budget is so tight I am not sure I can do it. I am really thinking about it though