Have you or your partner ever thought about having a backyard wedding? It’s intimate and casual with a small number of guests, depending on the size of the yard. It may seem like the epitome of a laid-back ambiance and relaxed bliss. However, it still requires considerable planning and is less expensive than a traditional wedding venue.
With the following guide, you’ll know how to plan your backyard wedding to the most delicate details so it will be a memorable affair:
1. Set the Mood
Make sure that you set the mood to meet your desires for your backyard wedding so that everyone is comfortable and relaxed. What kind of environment do you want for your party? Will there be some lawn games, or will it be intimate and cozy under the string of fairy lights you’ve set up? Perhaps the guests are required to wear stylish boutonnieres?
Plan the wedding decorations and activities according to the mood you wish to invoke at your wedding. Among the factors that can help set the mood for the event are the décor and the program, both of which will transport guests into the magical ambiance.
2. Consider the Weather and Time of the Year
Consider the weather and time of year when planning the event. Are you going to need heaters or an open fire pit to keep everyone warm? Maybe you can provide your guests with custom-made hand fans during the hot season or umbrellas if you’re having an event during the rainy season, or perhaps you should invest in a large tent and citronella candles to keep away those pesky mosquitoes. Taking into account the time of year and the event’s weather will prevent a backyard disaster.
You can also consider the dress code here. Perhaps you prefer that your guests wear sundresses or shorts rather than black ties. You can do whatever you like as long as the guests are comfortable.
3. Pick the Focal Point for the Backyard Wedding Ceremony
Choose the spot where the wedding ceremony will be held, the place where you both will say ‘I do’. Consider your seating arrangement as well; are you working with an open expanse of grass, or do you have a large tree in your backyard that will make for a picturesque backdrop for the ceremony? Would your guests be seated around the focal point in a circle or closer together? Where will the reception be held? You may want to set up tables throughout the yard, or you might want a long family-style table so that everyone can see each other and feel like part of the family? You should determine a ceremony’s focal point by considering these aspects.
4. Consider a Few Rentals to Make the Event Special
Traditional wedding venues already have everything you need, including chairs, plates, tables, flatware, and glasses for the number of guests attending. Vintage stores and flea markets tend to be popular with couples who want to create an eclectic design. In contrast, others prefer renting elegant glassware and artistic ornaments to create the ambiance they desire. You can also commission artists or videographers to prepare videos for the event.
You can also hire any entertainment you wish to include in your event, whether it’s fire dancers or a DJ. When it meets your desires, you can create an atmosphere of magic for your guests.
What’s more, you can make your wedding more casual by hiring a food truck catering to take care of the food. This can create an atmosphere where guests can feel comfortable and relaxed.
5. Prepare Your Home With the Necessary Amenities
You probably don’t need more than one bathroom for a minimal wedding, but if you expect more than 20 guests, you need to consider renting nice portable restrooms. This will prevent people from constantly asking where the bathroom is and stopping queues at the toilet.
It’d be best if you also had ample parking available at your residence. Make arrangements for temporary parking if needed. To prevent your guests’ cars from taking up the majority of the streets, you can encourage them to carpool to the event. If some guests will sleep over at the venue, make sure there are extra blankets, towels, and toiletries to accommodate their stay. If you’re having guests traveling from afar who can’t stay at your residence, make sure you supply them with alternative accommodations.
6. Make Sure There Is Good Food On the Menu
Consider the style of the wedding when choosing the menu. Would you prefer a grazing table with various food stations? Perhaps you’d like your favorite food truck or restaurant to cater for your wedding? If you decide to hire a caterer who’ll prep in your kitchen, make sure they know about your facilities before the event. BBQ-style meals tend to be the most popular choice for backyard weddings.
What about beverages? Is there a bartender available, or can guests make their cocktails? Additionally, you can offer self-serve wine, beer, cocktails, and juice for guests who don’t consume alcoholic beverages. Keep track of any dietary restrictions to cater to your guests’ needs.
A backyard wedding can be a casual affair, but planning them is no less stressful, especially since you won’t have the convenience of having everything provided like with traditional wedding venues. The mood should be set by decorations, seating arrangements, and meal arrangements, and the weather conditions should be considered. Your home will also need to be equipped with all the necessary amenities, including bathrooms for your guests and kitchen facilities to inform your caterer.
There might be extra stuff that you need to rent like tables and chairs to make everyone comfortable and pick the focal point of the ceremony so they can relax and enjoy the wonderful romantic ceremony.