Post # 1
Putting this one in the beehive boards, how is there not a board for venues? Anyway, making a call for all you backyard wedding ladies out there. There have to be some of you buzzing around!
How is your planning coming along? I am loving the flexibility of it all. A blank canvas where the possibilities are endless!
There are some that say having a backyard wedding is only a little bit cheaper, are you finding that to be true? In my case, we’ve cut dancing, so no DJ or renting a dance floor, but we’ll probably have ambiance music provided by a good old iPod. We’re not getting a tent so there’s a big expense cut there. I think our biggest expense will be catering and renting chairs, tables, and linens. I’m gonna try to cut the guest list to 50 people so it’s not like we’re renting a ton of stuff, but I can see how cost will go up quickly in terms of that. Not sure what we are doing about plates and cups but we aren’t planning on doing something mega-formal. Our colors are black, red, pink, and white so I was thinking plates and cups of those solid colors. It would be easy to do paper but killing all those trees, I’m not sure I could do it. We’ve also cut costs by not having a whole lotta flowers- we’ve got shrubs galore back there, and our centerpieces will be tissue flowers.
One thing I am concerned about is a piece of advice somebody gave me concerning liability insurance. If one of our guests gets injured the day of, they can sue. Now all of my guests will be close friends but I am a little concerned. Have you taken out liablity insurance, or looked into it for your backyard wedding?
Here is my backyard wedding planning blog: xoxokristin.blogspot.com for anyone interested! Backyard wedding bees, tell me how things are going!
Post # 3
I think you could consider “reception” the venues board… not sure though. Not having a backyard wedding but AM getting a rider on my parents homeowner insurance for one-time event insurance on our wedding because our caterer isn’t a traditional caterer, so he doesn’t carry insurance.
Post # 4
I posted a thread like this in Reception a few days ago…I think that’s the closest we have to venues!
I’ve been relandscaping the backyard since last spring. I got poison ivy all over my arms, hands, torso, and legs…twice. But the yard looks so much better now and will continue to improve; by the time the wedding rolls around, it should look great. We’ll see what else happens when things start happening for wedding planning. 😛
Post # 5
Yay backyard weddings! My ceremony is actually in a church, but our reception is going to be in my FI’s parent’s backyard.
To your question about it costing just as much as getting a venue – for us, this has definitely turned out to be true, in fact, it might be more expensive. It was important to us to have music and dancing, so we have to rent the dance floor (which is fairly expensive, and it costs more to have it put down on grass than if it were indoors!). The cost of rentals in general REALLY adds up! We also are getting tents, which is a huge expense, but it ensures that unless there are hurricane-like winds, we won’t have to panic if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Those were very pricey.
As for the liability, my in-laws were a little concerned about this, especially since we are going to be serving alcohol, and folks will have to drive down a windy country road to get back into town to the hotels (they live 6 miles out of town.) To combat that issue, we are going to rent a big van and run shuttles to and from the hotels at the end of the night. My in-laws consulted with a lawyer in town and he told them that the liability they are assuming is negligible. I’m not really sure how that works, and it might be dependent on laws in your state, so it might be a good idea to look into it and get whatever coverage they recommend.
Overall, its been very complicated to plan, but a ton of fun! For us, it means we get to celebrate in a place that is really meaningful for us, and it couldn’t possibly be more beautiful. I can’t wait!
Post # 6
@minutiae: I did noooo see your post when I did a boards only search, verrrrrry interesting. Sorry to hear about the poison ivy, yikes!
@farmersdaughter: I would looooove to have dancing and a tent but it’s just not in our budget Luckily for us, we live in Southern California where we’ve got lots of beautiful weather ::knock on wood:: Your reception sounds cool, I’d love to have one in a secluded, country area. So many theme possibilities! My parent’s backyard is in a suburban community of Los Angeles!
Post # 7
Our wedding is in Northern Idaho – which means anything could happen on June 26 (crossing my fingers for sunshine, but ya never know!) So the tent was a must. But I have a feeling prices are a lot better in our area than in LA, so we lucked out in that regard. Good luck with your planning – backyard weddings totally make me think of “Father of the Bride” – such a classic =)
Post # 8
I would love a backyard wedding! So cute! What we’re having is an open-to-all backyard rehearsal dinner. Music will be piped out to the outdoor speaker system Future Father-In-Law built into their house years ago, dancing will take place on the deck they just rebuilt, and food will be served on the tons of picnic/deck/outdoor tables Future Mother-In-Law has collected over the years (she bought 3 new sets last year alone!). I plan to string white christmas light from the house to the nearest tress and out to the birdfeeders just beyond the firepit. No tents, no extra port-a-potties. Future In-Laws are looking to get one time event rider on their homeowners insurance for the night, since we could have anywhere from 25-75 people show up! (with no invites sent yet, its hard to know who all will arrive early enough to join the party.) They have been relandscaping their front and backyard since we asked about doing this last summer. We’re going to have grilled foods (hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and their vegetarian versions) with usual picnic fare type sides and dessert is going to be s’mores made over the bonfire! I’m excited to see everything come together!