Post # 1
So I have a question. We might be looking into purchasing our first home into an older area of town. One of the things that gives it charm is how beautiful the backyard is(very small). We are going mainly have family and a handful of close friends.
Is it a silly idea? have your own wedding ceremony and reception at your own home? I think it would be pretty neat but I dont know anyone who has ever done it. Pictures to follow later. I love the idea just because the backyard is so beautiful, but to be able to look at it years down the road, that this is where we were married is so neat.
Would love some input. If any of you have done it, did you regret it? plus, bonuses of having it done that way?
Thanks a lot!
Post # 3
haven’t done it myself, but check out younghouselove.com for how they held their own backyard wedding. it’s charming and beautiful, and I love that they were married in the place where they’re starting their lives together. I don’t think it’s silly at all — I’d do it myself if it were an option.
Post # 4
I think it’s a beautiful idea. Miss. Scissors is doing something similar, I believe.
Post # 5
i haven’t done it, but i think it’s a great idea. you’ll have to get a lot of rentals, and think about the weather, but it should still be less expensive then a normal venue.
Post # 6
Sounds goregous but not sure about the logistics. PICS! 😀
Post # 7
I’m having a backyard wedding by the pool, in the evening. 2 weeks away. (:
Post # 8
I am having a backyard wedding! My parents house in the suburbs of L.A. has a pretty big and open backyard. Lots of DIY, and we are getting it catered and hope to have a nice little ceremony, dinner, and drinks. About 50 guests. I love the intimacy of it. I haven’t seen my friends and family in a long time (we live abroad) and I can’t wait to have them all at our family home!
I use a backyard wedding, younghouselove.com, and this wedding on greenweddingshoes as motivation!
Post # 9
Absolutely check out YoungHouseLove! They’re such a lovely couple and they a beautiful wedding in their own backyard.
Post # 10
Definitely crunch people numbers to space available. Run mock trials [decor etc], maintenance, maintenance, maintenance is key.[if you buy].
My FH & I are currently restoring/landscaping a 75yr old home on 3/4acres, and the thought definitely crossed our minds..and continues to cross it. Since we have the space, but the amount of time/money/effort to get everything ship shape by next summer is a bit uncertain. Even if all we had to do was mow the lawn & weed the gardens, I’d still be worried about the added work.
One benefit of a venue is that they handle all the upkeep.
Benefit of doing it at home is intimacy and possible cost savings.
Post # 11
It’s not silly, we had the reception in my IL backyard, granted they live in a really nice house. It did limit how many people we could have and we rented tents so it was cheaper in some ways but not inexpensive. I loved having it there because there just seemed like so many rules and things to have to do for other places.
Post # 12
We were going to do it in our backyard too (our first home together) but our guest list did not allow us to make it comfortable for all (at least 75 invited) and also we wanted a good dance floor so it got voted out….BUT the idea was wonderful u can make it SOOO personal. One of my friends did the same having her wedding at their home it was BEAUTIFUL and so much fun still talked about 3 years and 1 kid later 🙂 she also later had her baby shower there just soo many beautiful memories right in her backyard
so i say if you r sure your guest list allows u go for it..but do not do what we did we spend over a year planning it in our backyard thinking no way we will want more than 50 ppl well we were wrong 🙂 and i even had a lovely white prom dress as what i was going to wear.now it is there in my closet..however I ADORE my wedding dress now 🙂
Post # 13
I think it’s a great idea, especially pre-furniture! You’ll have lots of space to make it event-friendly before you move in!
Post # 14
Young House of Love was a total inspiration for my wedding…they helped me keep costs around $4k..that was awesome.
Post # 15
@rebecca.barter: I checked out your blog post. Your wedding is absolutely gorgeous!! 🙂