How to Have a Successful Backyard Wedding

How to Have a Successful Backyard Wedding

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Backyards can be the perfect venues if you’re looking to have your wedding in a place that truly means something to you. That said, It’s a common misconception that having your wedding in backyard will save you money. There are so many things to consider before you decide that this is the direction for you. Given I’ve planned my fair share of weddings in backyards and private homes, I wanted to take some time and share some tips and advice!

Talk to Your Vendors

Not all vendors are comfortable working in a non-traditional environment. If you’re getting any pushback but they aren’t giving you a hard “no”, reconsider before you book with them. You want your vendors to be 100% confident they can work in house kitchen, or hang string lights on your trees. Make sure they are willing to come for a walk-through. This is where a wedding planner can really support—planners know different vendors’ specialties and can connect you with the right people.

Cost Analysis

At first glance, it seems like a no-brainer to save on a (sometimes steep) venue fee by having your wedding in a private home. However, you need to consider all the elements that are often included at venues that hold events regularly. For example, if you want to have dancing but there’s only grass in the backyard, you may need to rent a dance floor. Is your backyard lit enough at night or will you need to have temporary lighting installed? Sometimes it really will be less expensive, but it’s good to do a little comparison work up front!

Floor plans Are a Must

With unique venues like homes, it’s especially important to have a clear map not only when it comes to set up and layout, but for things like water sources and power. Companies making deliveries will need to know where to load in and where they can store items. Backyard weddings often require some maneuvering of furniture during the event, so having a set plan laid out will ensure smooth transitions!

Talk to Your Neighbors

Aside from town-set noise ordinances, it’s always a good idea to give your neighbors a heads up that you’ll be hosting at your home. Speak with them about parking if you anticipate a lot of your guests will be driving and be open about what they can expect as far as music goes. The last thing you want is a surprise visit from your local police the night of your wedding, so have these conversations early in your planning process!

Know When to DIY and When to Outsource

It can be tempting with a backyard wedding to go DIY overboard. I am all for DIY pieces, particularly when a couple has fun putting things together. There are certain things that simply must be handled by professionals. For example, it’s great that you want to save money with appetizers and make your own platters, but hiring a staffing company to oversee setup, breakdown and bussing is essential. The same goes for other elements like music. Have a friend who will DJ? No problem! Just make sure they have all the equipment they need to succeed and are willing to clean up after themselves at the end of the party. Most importantly, DIYing is only a good idea until it’s not. If you’re getting overly stressed out, it might be time to step back and let someone else take the lead. Everything comes with a cost and sometimes saving yourself a headache is worth it!

Hand it Off

Do you feel confident that you can plan your backyard wedding on your own? Awesome! Once your wedding date gets closer, consider handing it over to a wedding planner to manage everything from there. We’ll take the time to understand your vision and execute it all behind the scenes so you can enjoy your day.

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