So you got engaged! You have found the dress you can’t live without, the cake of your dreams, and you have picked your bridesmaids. All that is left is to choose the location to make this the wedding of your dreams. Backyards are the most often overlooked wedding venue. From casual backyard BBQ to romantic twinkling lights, the backyard might be the best place to hold the backyard wedding of your dreams.
When deciding to hold a backyard wedding there are some things that you will want to consider: Is my yard big enough to hold all of the tables, tents, service people, and dance floor? You will want to make sure that there is a place to say your vows, as well as plenty of room for table and chairs for your guests, along with the tables that will be needed to hold food, favors, and gifts. If you plan on having a dance floor you will want a yard large enough to accommodate the floor along with all of the tables.
Is there access to a bathroom? You will need to make sure that there are adequate facilities for all of your guests, as well as a private place for you and your bridesmaids to get ready. Keep in mind that if there is no direct access from the yard you will have dozens of people walking through your home to get the the restroom.
It is very important there is adequate parking for all of your guests without interrupting the flow of traffic. If not, is there a parking lot that guests can use and get shuttled to the home? If your guests will be parking near your home it would be a very good idea to let neighbors know that you are holding a wedding and make sure that the noise and parking will not be a problem for them. Better yet, invite your neighbors. It’s kind of hard to complain about the noise if you are attending the function.
I have a few tips that will help to ensure that your wedding goes off without a hitch.
Make sure you turn off automatic sprinklers. Nothing will ruin a wedding quicker that an unintended shower.
It is best to water the lawn 2 or 3 days prior to the wedding rather than the day before. Water can puddle in low spots and it could take a few days for it to dry up.
Check with neighbors to see if they would keep pets inside during the ceremony and reception. Your wedding vows may be drowned out by the sound of barking if they are left outdoors.
Make sure that your community does not require a permit for large gatherings, tents, or DJ’s.
Hire help. Let me say that one more time. Hire help! If the family tries to do it all themselves they will miss out on the joy of watching what is one of the most important days in your life.
Have a backup plan just in case the weather turns.
Keep in mind that while holding your wedding in a yard eliminates the cost of renting a venue, you will still need to spend money for landscaping if your space is not up to par. Simple decorations go a long way; white Christmas lights, tulle, burlap, and potted plants or flowers make great decorations.
The most important tip; Relax and enjoy your moment. If the cake falls, the dogs bark, or the party doesn’t go exactly as planned, you are still just as married!