(Closed) so tell me about your backyard at home reception (AHR)

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 4
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

i’m doing an AHR! It’s actually at my parent’s house, but still. Same thing!

Here’s the answers to your questions, and some more!

1: I’m wearing a wedding dress

2: Yes, I’m asking guests to dress up. It’ll be really beautifully set up, so I’m saying it’s semi-formal.

3: No slide show..but you could ask around and ask friends if any of them have a projector. A lot of people do these days, for movies at home.

4: Yes, definitely doing a cake cutting.

5: Tons of music and dancing. I’m having a DJ and a dance floor.

Here’s the thing: my parents have a huge backyard, with lots of space. I don’t know what kind of space you’re working with at your home.

We’re doing a ‘cocktail reception’ with lounge seating everywhere and cocktail rounds dispersed through the backyard. This is because we don’t have a ton of space for tables and chairs. We’ll have a dance floor and DJ set up.

We’re doing a big food spread, with hearty finger foods. The reception is only 3 hours long, so it’s not like people will go home hungry.

Let me know if I missed anything that you want to know!

Post # 5
379 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’ve been thinking about the same thing… it’s been a while now since we’ve been married but we never really celebrated it with friends/family.  I was thinking about having a little party at our house sometime in the near future but was running across a lot of the same logistical issues.  I don’t want to rent a place as I’m not really sure who would actually show up (since it has been a while since we got married & none of our family lives in town)  Our house isn’t big or anything, but I think I could rent/borrow/buy a few small tables for people– but that just seems to formal without a sit-down meal.  Maybe just let people make their way from the living room and patio?  As far as pictures go… having a projector is always a hard thing to do from the house.  I would suggest hooking up your TV to your computer and playing a slide show like that!

Post # 7
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m having the wedding and reception in his parent’s backyard. To answer your questions:


What did you wear?  A wedding dress


Did you ask your guests to dress up?  I didn’t say anything.  It’s an evening/sunset affair and I figured most people would “look nice” but frankly, I don’t care what people wear.


HOW did you do a slide show your house – and was it indoor or outdoor? No slideshow


Did you do a cake cutting?  Yes, we are doing a cake cutting.


Did you play music? Yes, we made a list of songs to last for certain periods of time (before wedding, me walking down, us walking back, dinner, and dancing).  We are downlading all and having someone smarter than us set up a stereo to to play from ipods.


Was there dancing? There will be dancing if people want. I have a mixed crowd of older/younger people, so I chose lots of great oldies (like twist and shout) and some newer songs.  I figure, my wedding, my music. 😉


We are doing picnic style food – make your own sandwiches, chips, salad, etc.  I bought different types of gourmet breads, meats, and cheeses and I’m going to cut up all the extras myself.  You can get some great throw away plates, trays, and bowls at party city.  For dessert (in additiont to cake), is costco creampuffs on skewers and cake pops, but I also considered costco brownies and other mini desserts.


I have a country theme so lots of mason jars and we are doing things like decorating with raffia and ribbon.  Pick a theme – it makes it easier to decorate.


Post # 8
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Alright here are my answers

What did you wear? I will wear a long wedding dress


Did you ask your guests to dress up?  (I am thinking no) I am not asking people to dress up, but most will wear something casually nice, I am assuming. They do for everything else in the area.


HOW did you do a slide show your house – and was it indoor or outdoor? We might and if we do, A DJ in the area has the equipment for it or we will just put up a sheet somewhere. We probaby aren’t going to do one though.


Did you do a cake cutting?  (I plan to get a cake since i couldn’t get the one I wanted in Jamaica) Yep I plan on doing a cake cutting.


Did you play music? There will be music from start to finish.


Was there dancing? Again there will be dancing, my Fiance’s parents have a dance floor that was made for my brother in laws wedding.


What else did you do besides eat and drink?? We will eat, drink, speeches, do the money dance, first dance all that jazz. I am also thinking about setting up a badmittin and horse shoe pit in the yard. So everything will be pretty traditional.


What else can you tell me that is creative and I have not thought of at all? I am also putting up pictures outside of our immediate family (parent’s, his parents and all grandparents) at their own wedding. That way guest will have something to look at.


Post # 9
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

Oh me! me! That is exactly what we are doing.

What did you wear?

I am wearing my dress. All of the wedding party is wearing thier wedding attire again, even our moms.

Did you ask your guests to dress up?

Yep we are doing kind of formal. I called it Garden Party Formal in the invites.

HOW did you do a slide show your house?

We are doing it outside and are building our own screen. Check out http://backyardtheater.com/ for some easy and cheap ideas for building your own.

Did you do a cake cutting? 

Hmmm. I don’t know if we are going to do a cutting but we are having cake.

Did you play music? Was there dancing?

Yep we hired a DJ (pretty inexpensivly) and we are going to dance our butts off. Booze + Our Relatives = LOTS of dancing


What else did you do besides eat and drink??

We are thinking about doing the shoe game but otherwise party our butts off. I had the same worries at our wedding reception in Mexico but everyone just had a good time eating and dancing. We didn’t really need anything else.

Post # 11
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Our wedding is in Italy this June. We are planning an at-home reception for September. We’ve rented a large picnic site in Tilden Park in Berkeley (where we live). We expect to have about 100 guests. We’re going to do a pot-luck BBQ, we’ll supply wine, beer and plates and stuff. This will be 100% casual as we are 98% casual people. We’ll probably get a couple of abbreviated photo albums of our ceremony made up and available for people to pass around.

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