Post # 16
Backyard weddings can be beautiful if done correctly but if you want the bells and whistles that most weddings have, it’s not cheap. We considered a wedding on my family’s riverfront property but after factoring in all costs, we weren’t going to save much and the gamble of incliment weather with no back up plan stressed me out too much. If you’re okay with that, then go for it! Your yard looks like it could be great for a wedding.
I see someone mentioned bathrooms but what about parking? My friend was married at a gorgeous private residence but there was no parking. The groomsmen needed to park the guests cars at a firehouse a few miles down the road and then make their way back up to the house. Wedding was wonderful. Parking sucked.
Post # 17
I think it’s an awesome idea but beware of how expensive it can get. I priced out Mexico for 10 people, backyard for 30 or a small wedding at a mountain venue and the most expensive was the backyard! That kind of shocked me but once we would rent all tables, chairs, caterer, tents for rain, speaker system for music, dance floor so you don’t ruin grass, Porta pottie and for us a backup generator to keep things running you’re over paying. Once I looked in further we found out you have to pay a certain insurance to host that venues have automatically. You are liable for your guests tripping or driving drunk. And also would neighbors complain about music or parking?
Idk I think it’s lovely but there’s a lot more effort and cost than just finding a venue that accommodates an intimate wedding IMO. I just know because I priced out every bit of each scenario. I wanted effortless and you have to make a yard into a beautiful wedding whereas the right venue has a good backdrop and all that.
Post # 18
If we had a big enough yard I would do it in a heartbeat. It would save so much money.
Post # 19
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
My parents got married in one. Worked out well enough for them. Just be mindful of your set-up/take-down and don’t draft your bridesmaids into it.
Post # 20
I see you’re in Australia, and they’re definitely not tacky here! I’ve been to one, and I’ve been to two others where the ceremony was elsewhere and the reception was at the house (well, parents’ house, but a backyard either way).
Post # 21
why would it be tacky? you’re committing yourself to your one true love with your friends and family at your side. That’s wonderful.
Post # 22
I love that no-one think’s it’s tacky, it’s making me really excited to think about the possiblity!
With regards to parking, we have a large front yard also which can fit around 11 cars comfortably and the majority of people whou would attend all live between 5-20 minutes away so a lot of them would meet at someones house and all get in a maxi-taxi and split the cost (we’ve all done it before for other family members weddings!)
We also have a shed with a bar built into it which I think would be a pretty cool area to maybe have the drinks (obviously) and some tall tables for people to stand at while they drink and chat!
Post # 23
As long as there is adequate seating and food for everyone, backyard weddings can be beautiful and romantic.
Post # 24
I found all of this to be true for my wedding, which was at a rented vacation home’s patio/deck space. While I saved money and it was beautiful, it wasn’t as much as we were initially hoping bc of all the rentals required. I would still do it if I could go back in time, but I would most definitely hire a day of coordinator with a couple additional people to do most of the setup. I had a large group of friends and family helping out, but it was still stressful!
Post # 25
I don’t think it’s tacky at all. Beackyard is a great place to have an intimate wedding. It provides a lot of space for the seating arrangement and a chance to have affordable wedding. I think your backyard is perfect for the wedding.
Post # 26
my wedding reception was in my parents’ front yard, so no, i definitely don’t think it’s tacky! and you have a great yard!
we got so many compliments on how nice everything turned out. my parents have hosted several backyard parties and everyone always looks forward to them!
as others have said, it can be a lot of work setting up and taking everything down and it can get pricey (but still cheaper than booking a “real” venue, for us anyway). i would suggest hiring a few people to help the day of so that you and your family can relax and have fun. we recruited 2 friends of my cousin/maid of honor to help and i wish had hired at least 1 more.
Post # 27
Your backyard is beautiful and, as someone said, you are marrying the person you love. What could possibly be tacky about that?
Also, I love this article: http://offbeatbride.com/2008/07/tacky