(Closed) Recently Engaged – ideas for outdoor reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9198 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@emviamama:  This sounds awesome!  And quite similar in style to my wedding, which was epically fun 🙂

Re: BYOB, I think you should just spread the word rather than say it explicitly on invites or a wedding website to avoid the dreaded tackiness.  We did that and a few friends brought whiskey – sweet!

Have you thought about providing at least some wine?  You can get quite good wine in a box for cheap, and a lot of people much prefer that to beer…  Wine is a little harder to BYOB than a flask, too.

I think the style / dress / etc questions would be addressed really well on a wedding website.  You can get one for free and they’re really easy to set up.  We did one through weddingwire.com.  Also, if you send a fairly casual looking invitation (no embossed paper, super formal language, etc) and mention it’s a backyard reception, I think that will convey the formality level.

Don’t forget about having to rent tables, chairs, linens, a tent, bathrooms, lighting, etc.  It is a fair bit of extra work to do an outdoor backyard event vs a venue where everything is provided.  Hopefully you have a team of family and friends to recruit – that definitely saved us.

Congrats! 😀

Post # 4
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did the same thing. We had our wedding at my dad’s house outside. We had a pig roast, built a dance floor, and had Cornhole/benbag games and a bonfire at night. I used nice invitations to show it was more than a pig roast, but noted on our website not to wear heels because of the grass. It turned out beautifully. People wore what they wanted, but it was still classy and had a real wedding feel, not a typical ‘redneck’ pigroast like my family often has. I also used real dishes, clear glass ones that look like crystal (from the dollar store) to class it up so it felt like a wedding. You can message me if you want to see more pics or have questions. I don’t want to post the pro pics on the site, they are much better than the ones below though.


At night:



As people arrived at reception:


Ceremony site before chairs were addeed:


Post # 7
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Firstly, CONGRATS!

I am a fan of putting that kind of information (ie, casual dress, BYOB) on a WEDDING WEBSITE.  There are plenty of free hosting sites out there.

We, too, wanted people to be comfortable, so in our website we described the area and let them know they could even wear hiking boots if they wanted (ceremony was in a rugged area).  Most showed up in business casual/summer dresses and comfy shoes.  We also did not have attendants.

At the reception before dinner/dancing, we had some lawn games set up and put a smattering of chairs together in a couple different areas, then spread out a few tall cocktail tables so people could gather around while eating appetizers.

It worked out beautifully, and everyone was so relaxed and had fun!

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