(Closed) Backyard wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I had a back yard ceremony for about 100 people. Everyone acted like I was crazy at first. My main concerns were parking and rain. Parking ended up working out great. We spread the message by word of mouth for families to try and stick to one car. The house we get married had a long drive way and we had people park along side of that and then the rest off the side in an open space of grass. My ushers helped direct cars for us. As for rain, that’s a simple solution. Rent a tent just in case or have a back up. My family church was just 5 miles from the ceremony location so we went with that option. It turned out great and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. When people see my wedding pictures they always ask where my venue was. 😛 

Post # 17
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345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had a backyard wedding and reception and I’m so incredibly glad we did. It was so beautiful and personal. I wouldn’t change a single thing about that day.

I didn’t think it was particularly difficult to plan (or maybe that’s just hindsight haha), logistics wise, but there was a LOT of work (and money) that went into landscaping, making sure the grass was in the best shape it could be, getting old garden beds cleared out, trees trimmed, mole patrol, mosquito spraying monthly the few months leading up, etc.

I never considered a true venue, so I don’t know how pricing would compare, but it certainly wasn’t an inexpensive venture, but for us, backyard was the way to go.

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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Sunshine528 :  $50/month… but every property is different depending on size. This is maybe an acre, but a lot of bushes/wooded areas, too. My parents started getting it sprayed 6 months leading up. They have continued to do it the last few years since our wedding, too, because it makes summer months so much more enjoyable. 

Post # 20
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335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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marrymemeadows18 :  We were really into the idea of a backyard wedding… and then we weren’t. I didn’t want to go over $5k, and we ended up finding a venue that worked with us and we should be able to do everything for $7k all in. For us, it wasn’t worth the stress of parking, portapotties, etc… plus, I REALLY didn’t want to have to take care of set up and break down. I wanted to be able to leave the venue and go relax instead of getting my yard back in order!

That being said, we have 0.25 of an acre in a residential community. Having 5 acres will make it much easier for parking, etc. 

Good luck to you!

Post # 21
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736 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

This is what we are doing.  

We have 26 acres and a house that has 6 bathrooms and can accommodate this many for a sit down dinner…so no extra cost for porta pottys.  

What I love is that I have extra time to decorate, We have more flexability to make this our own in so many ways.  I can keep the leftover food (no roasted pigs being served..LOL) The caterers we hired are doing a full clean up – which includes tables, chairs, linens and china cultry and crystal.   

Post # 22
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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marrymemeadows18 :  Currenlty planning a Backyard Wedding at a lakehouse we rented. I would say having it at your home will save you time, stress, money, etc. I wish I had a home with a big enough yard to pull it off!!

My advice: HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER. I still feel stressed and anxiety a lot of the time but she really is helping get everything pulled together and executed.  There is so much more that goes into a back yard wedding then you realize.. in terms of logistics.. timeline.. all of it. But honestly, having it at your home will help a TON. Remember – you are building a wedding from the ground up. Not just pick out the linens and pick from these options for your dinner. 

 

Wishing you the best of luck and love for a smooth and sun shiny day! 🙂  

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee

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marrymemeadows18 :  We originally wanted to do a backyard wedding, but ended up finding a beautiful venue that really wasn’t going to be that much more expensive overall and much less work for us (especially day of), so we opted for the venue.

Post # 24
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Bumble Beekeeper

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marrymemeadows18 :  I wanted to do this when I married my exH–by the time we worked out all the costs including tent, dance floor, tables, chairs, linens, china, and valets, etc., etc., etc. it was less expensive (and a hell of a lot easier) to have the wedding at a fancy hotel. 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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marrymemeadows18 :  No you are not crazy. I wish I had 5 acres, I would 100% do a backyard wedding. They can be awesome if done right (get catered food, chairs/tables for everyone, and a tent, maybe insurance too?) send some homemade cookies and card to your neighbours (if any) explaing that you wil have a wedding on such  and such day and appologizing for any noise… done.

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