(Closed) Backyard Weddings: Can I see your cost breakdown?

posted 10 years ago in Money
Post # 3
16 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are having our wedding in the backyard of our home we had built last year. Instead of putting 10k into one day (although very special) I would have felt bummed to come home the day after to a dirt filled lot! We planned for a year and out of everything I must say the flexibility to do what you want when you can def does not add any more stress! We did everything from pavers, flagstone entry, grass area & lots of amazing landscaping & flagstone fire pit! (Wish I could post pics!) We also are explecting 50-60 of close family & friends. As far as it being more cost effective than a venue,,I would say you A; have a blank canvas to create wonderful ideas & memories, B; Can have your own vendors/catering/ options….It was not stressful on me or my pockets! Don’t have an exact dollar amount but would say about 12k but with an amazing oasis backyard. Happy Planning! & I will post pics soon!

Post # 5
4090 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think this is the mother of all backyard weddings!



Venue: Free (backyard)

Music: Free (family friend played ceremony music on guitar & we used an iPod for the reception)

Photography: Free (brother-in-law is a photographer)

Officiant: Free (cousin got certified online)

Food: $500

Wine & Drinks: $100

Cupcakes & S’mores: $125

Table & Chair Rentals: $350

Centerpieces: $70

Save The Dates/Invitations/Thank Yous (With Postage): $260

Favors: $75

Servingware: $250

Fabric For Tablecloths & Runners: $300

Lighting & Candles: $120

Flip Flops/Photo Clothesline/Welcome Sign: $75

Mosquito Sticks/Candles/Spray: $50

Bouquet: $20

Attire: $500

Photo Booth: $1200 (the one big splurge- and so worth it)

TOTAL: $3995

Post # 6
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I loved younghouselove’s backyard wedding, I also loved the one at abackyardwedding.blogspot.com

I pored over these blogs when I was at the beginning of planning, I would have loved to have a backyard wedding! 

Post # 8
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are having a backyard wedding at my brothers barn assuming 80 people will show. 


Venue Fee: Free

Catering: $3700 

Rentals (tent/tables/chairs, etc): $1200

Booze/drinks: $800

Decorations/lights/ flatware/plates/beverage dispensars, etc $1000

Officiant: $125

DJ/Sound: $400

Transportation: Free! Provided by hotel!

That’s what we’re at about now (ballpark figure)… Backyard weddings are the way to go!

Post # 9
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Our cost breakdowns are as follows:

Tent/tables/chairs and other rentals: $850

Food for 40 people: $400

Dress and accessories: $350


Decorations/invitations: $300


We aren’t having a bridal party or anything like that; we will just have 2 people as witnesses for the document signing.  I am going to make cupcakes for the ‘cake’.


Post # 10
35 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Venue: free (backyard)

Music: $90 for a portable sound system (itunes for the ceremony music, and spotify/iphones for the reception)

Photography: free (gift from MIL)

Officiant: $150

Food: $400

Drinks: $100 (instead of serving alcohol, we celebrated with fun bottled sodas)

Dessert Table: $50(ish) — (candy bought on post-valentine’s day clearance for CHEAP and cupcakes, cakepops and cookies made by friends and family)

Table & Chair Rentals: $1100 (a tent was a must)

Centerpieces: $70

Invitations/Thank Yous: $70 (invitations were a kit purchased with a 50-percent off coupon for $20 and printed at office max for $3)

Favors: $5 (dessert table doubled as a favor, purchased $5 glassine bags so guests could take something home)

Servingware: $80

Fabric For Runners: $20

Lighting & Candles: $10

Bouquet: $20 (DIY’d with silks)

Dress: $837

Miscellaneous: $204(ish) (poms, decor, craft materials, marriage license, gifts)

TOTAL: $3206 (give or take $100 or so)

Post # 11
592 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ll play along. We also married on family property since it’ll be nice to always look out in the yard and know we got married there.

We had 120 guests

Venue: free (backyard)

Music: $360 – Friendor DJ

Photography: $300 – Friendor

Officiant: $100

Food: $3700

Drinks: $500 – bought bulk wine plus 2 kegs

Dessert Table: $150 cupcakes

Table & Chair Rentals: $2840 – tents, chairs, tables (it was suddenly unseasonably cold so had to rent a heater plus sides for the tent.

Centerpieces: $150

Invitations/Thank Yous: $240 – STD’s, Invites, Thank You’s and lots and lots of stamps

Favors: Skipped these

Servingware: $176 – plastic look a like china

Linens: $258

Lighting & Candles: $100

Flowers: $390 – everything came from Sam’s

Dress: $150

Port o Potties: Gift from Grooms parents

Miscellaneous: $2500(ish) (attendants gifts, tux, make up, rings, ice, DOC, Pre marital class, tips, wedding night hotel, seating chart, guest book, etc)

TOTAL: $12,000ish

Post # 12
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@sienna76:  This wedding is gorgeous! All of your info makes me really wish I could have a backyard wedding, but MI weather just tends to be too voilatile (my sister had her grad party in May, same month as my wedding, last year, and we had a huge storm–almost a tornado–go through it, and scared my mom and I away from ever having a big event in our yard again!) 

Post # 13
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Venue: free (parent’s backyard)

Music: friend playing guitar for ceremony, iPod and large speakers for reception

Photography: cost of a hotel room for a friend who’s a photographer

Officiant: free (my Dad got notarized so he could perform the ceremony)

Food: $905 for low country boil catered (paid for by my parents)

Drinks: haven’t gotten here yet but we’re expecting to spend about $200

Dessert Table: desserts are included in food

Table & Chair Rentals: @$410 (chairs, tables, linens, portable restroom)

Centerpieces: $110

Invitations/Thank Yous: not purchased yet, sent invitations online

Favors: $90 

Servingware: $70

Fabric For Runners: tablecloths included in rental

Lighting & Candles: $120

Bouquet: not sure yet, DIYing the day of (going to a florist in the morning and just picking out some things I like from what they have)

Dress: $1400 (paid for by my parents)

Miscellaneous: @$415 (FI’s suit, misc. decorations, sparklers,etc.)

TOTAL: $1415(ish) by couple, $2305 by bride’s parents – total of $3720

Post # 13
14 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

Commenting for future reference

Post # 14
310 posts
Helper bee

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gemini2loveme:  what an amazing idea!  I love it

Post # 15
1 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

Great thread!  I’m thinking of doing a backyard wedding myself, but I have a few questions: 

1.) Did anybody get complaints from neighbors?  (noise/parking)

2.) Did anybody need to get a special permit for the event? (if so, which ones and for how much?) 

3.) What about bathrooms?  Did anybody need to rent portapotties?  

Thanks in advance

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