Post # 1
I am looking to hear from Bees that are planning to have or have already had their wedding in a backyard. I just want to hear about your experience; if you regret it/if you dont regret it, if you felt like a country bumpkin, if you thought it couldnt be more perfect.
I was also wondering about the logistics:
what did you do about the loud music – did your neighbors complain about the noise? Did you rent portapotties?
We are planning on doing it in my mothers backyard which I know would turn out beautifully. It would also provide a place for everyone to get ready where as the place we have already put a deposit down on does not. The biggest plus is that it would be free, lol!
Also any pictures you have would be awesome!
Post # 2
We didn’t have a backyard wedding but have been to several. My suggestions would be to rent the nicer portapotties that have actual flushing toilets. Also have a tent with a FLOOR. This is my number one suggestion. You don’t want your guests’ heels to be sinking into grsss or dirt all evening. Try to avoid the hottest times of the year. In Canada July is usually excruciating. End of June or mid-August will help with comfort from the heat. If you have a buffet make sure there is enough food. I can’t tell you how many buffet outdoor weddings we have been to that didn’t have enough food. Invite your neighbors if you think it’s going to go late. Or at least tell them to pop by for dessert and dancing. They will be much less likely to call the cops on the noise level. Make sure you have all your permits in place too.
Post # 3
We just had a backyard wedding this October and we loved it! We are so happy with our choice. It was laid back and casual which fit us, and my mom and I were also able to do whatever we watned with the space. Plus, FREE! Because we weren’t paying for a venue we spent a good chunk of money on decorations, and the end result was so pretty. We also got to splurge on good catering, which everyone ravied about. We had the cermony on their beautiful deck and everyone ate dinner inside. Then, the party was split between in the house and on the deck.
We only had 56 people total and two bathrooms and I think we were perfectly fine. I don’t remember long lines or people waiting. In regards to neighbors-we just popped over the day before and told me about the wedding. I think just giving them a heads up is helpful.
I would definitly recomend paying the caters extra to set up all the food and stay after to clean up. Our caters actually cooked almost everything at the house throughout the day. It was pricey, but well worth not having to worry. We didn’t rent a tent which was definitly a gamble, but we would have plent of room to party and dance inside so it wasn’t a huge deal.
One thing to be cautous of is the timing. Because we didn’t have to pay for the space our reception went on until 1:30, and I got a bit drunker then I planed on. Everyone had a great time, but it should have ended a good hour and half earlier. Not really sure what I would have done diffently, because even if I didn’t loose complete track of time I was wouldn’t have left any earlier. I was just so just so happy and having a blast. I attached some photos, but please ask more questions! Good luck!
Post # 4
Following this thread because this is exactly what I want to do!!
Post # 5
We had a backyard wedding in August! It was small so we didn’t need to rent portapoties (we had about 25 guests, just our closest friends and immediate family). It was amazing though – we did it in our own backyard and we got to decorate it just the way we wanted! We had a tent (just in case it rained) and got catering.
Our neighbours didn’t complain about music, and we turned it down at around 11pm. We told some of our neighbours in advance so that they knew it might get loud and they were all cool with it and appreciative of the notice!
Our wedding was AMAZING and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!
My brother in law also had a backyard wedding that had about 100 people. They rented 2 portapoties (the nice ones with flushing toilets) and a large tent and it was also the perfect wedding.
Definitely recommend it! It made it feel so personal, having it in a place we love without and venue rules and resitrctions. Since there was no “end time” like venues have, we only ended up going to bed at around 4:00am, but we were all having so much fun we didn’t notice the time go by! Let me know if you have any other questions 😀
Post # 6
We got married in a backyard! I have absolutely no regrets. It really gave it a much more intimate feel. Did we feel like country bumpkins? I guess, but that’s kind of what we wanted. We did a picnic theme that had kind of a rustic meets bohemian feel. (This really describes us pretty well.) We rented one large port-a-potty. We also rented a tent, tables, and chairs. We used the same chairs for the ceremony and reception. We had a BBQ restaurant cater, which was a big hit. We also had a campfire and made smores. One thing that stood out was how much fun the kids had. I think they had more fun than the adults!
Post # 7
Following as we’re getting married in my parent’s suburban backyard, and I’m a little worried!
Post # 8
I didn’t have time to post pictures earlier. Now that I’m home, I thought I would post a few.