Post # 1
I am a newbie to wedding bee, and decided to join since my sister-in-law just LOVES this site and is always telling me of the stuff she see on here. So, I am not quite engaged yet, but patiently waiting, he says it will be sometime this year :). My future FI is very excited to get engaged/married and we are always discussing the plans and what we would like to do for our big day. Something we have been thinking about a lot is having a backyard wedding. My dad has a pretty big backyard at his house, with trees and a pool and a little red barn too. It’s adorable, and we just think it would be cute to have our reception (and maybe ceremony) there, with a big tent and lights in the trees and and possibly a bonfire later. We want it to be casual and laid back – a big hall just isn’t our thing – but a small backyard wedding is just very “us”. We are planning to invite around 120 guests (depending on if things change before the actual date 2ish years from now).
Anyhow, my question is: how many of you have had a small-ish backyard wedding, and how successful was it? Was it harder to plan since you have to rent most things? Also, parking is definitely an issue we may have. The house is right off the street, and there is a strip mall nearby, however we don’t know if those places would even allow us to use their parking spaces. So – any advice, experiences, disasters? I want to know it all!
Also, as a bonus question.. We were thinking of possibly doing this May 2016, maybe on the 28th. Which would be the weekend before Memorial Day – bad idea? Good idea?
Let me know!!
Post # 3
I have currently helping my brother and his fiancé plan their baxkyard wedding. i think ita very doable and love the idea. A couple things to consider are:
you’ll have to rent everything, tables, chairs, possibly a tent for shade
bathrooms: you will need to rent a few or make sure they sewage system at the property can handle the number of guests.
Mu brother lives down a small dirt road, so he will be having a couple people help valet for guests to avoid the parking issue and long walks
a good friend also did a backyard wedding a couple years ago, and the upsides were that we made almost all of the food ourselves, open bar was super affordablue, and we did a big Bon fire at night which was super fun.
Post # 5
@MossySmith: We had our ceremony and reception in my parent’s backyard, in the home I grew up in. Definitely the BEST decision we made.
Instead of trying to post all the pics, I’ll try to link my pinterest board 🙂
Post # 6
@jbyrdy: how cute! I love all the little details. How many guests did you have? Seems like everyone fit in comfortably even with the big pool. Your dress is beautiful too!
Post # 7
@MossySmith: Thank you so much! 🙂
We had about 75 ppl. Family + about 10 friends.
The wedding was on a Saturday. We had the rehearsal dinner on Thursday. But the best day was Friday.
On Friday the whole extended family from both sides came over to help set up. We all set up all the tables, lights, chairs, linens, moved the furniture and my cousins and I did all the flower arrangements (except the bouquets). That fun bonding time was so unique and irreplaceable.