When you’re planning a wedding, you want to make sure that it reflects your personality and your values. Brides and grooms often plan intimate ceremonies with their closest family members and friends to make the day special. That’s why so many couples plan backyard weddings; they want to hold the ceremony in a personal setting before heading off to the reception with an extended guest list. But don’t be fooled by the idea of planning a backyard wedding – it takes just as much time and effort as a traditional wedding.
1. Start Planning Early
Backyard weddings are an ideal way to create an intimate space and save money on a venue. But, there are many things you need to consider so your backyard wedding goes off without a hitch. The key is to start planning early. You won’t know if the space is large enough until you finalize your guest list and decide whether to hold the reception there, too. If you plan to host both in the backyard, you will need a larger space to accommodate food, dancing, and tables.
One solution is to discuss your dream wedding with a rental company. Even if you aren’t holding the reception in the backyard, you’ll need to plan for inclement weather. The rental company can discuss options for what will protect guests, the bride, and her gorgeous gown. If you’re really worried about the weather, check out these backup plan tips from The Knot.
2. Work with the Landscape
Chances are, at least part of your decision to hold a backyard wedding rests in the look of the backyard itself. Maybe there is a huge tree that holds special meaning for the couple. Or, maybe the bride picked roses there with her grandmother or mother when she was young. To make your backyard wedding dreams come true, work with the landscape.
Add a winding path to serve as the aisle for the happy couple. DIY Network offers some awesome tips for laying a garden path, and it’s a project you likely can do over a weekend with the help of a few friends or family members. If the yard has a slope, put the couple at the high point to make it easier for guests to see them during the ceremony.
Another way to work with the landscape is to choose the best spot in the yard for an arbor, pergola, or trellis. The happy couple will want to be showcased as they say their vows, and doing so under an arbor, pergola, or trellis will frame them for photos and give the florist a space to decorate with fresh flowers. Most homeowners spend between $2,459 to $3,802 nationally to install an arbor, pergola, or trellis, so make sure to figure the cost into your backyard wedding budget.
3. Budget for Extra Power and Restrooms
When you hold a backyard wedding, you need to be prepared for the extra strain it puts on your home’s power and water. Because many couples want the lighting to be perfect for their ceremony, they find that renting a generator is a must. You’ll also need a generator if you’ve hired a band or DJ that will need power to create their music. Caterers also likely will need additional sources of power if you’re holding the reception in the backyard, too.
It’s also important to consider your guests’ needs and the strain that having so many extra guests puts on your water and sewer. Your home may not have the capacity to serve your guests, so consider a bathroom rental. One portable restroom per 50 guests per hour is the standard rule for extra restroom needs.
If you dream of having a backyard wedding, don’t assume it only takes a little time to plan. Be prepared by planning early and making sure the space accommodates your needs. Then, work with the landscape to create the perfect backdrop for the couple and contact rental companies for extra power and restrooms to ensure everyone’s comfort on the big day.
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