Getting married is a major life event that you’ll never forget. If you’re planning to walk down the aisle with that special someone, a backyard wedding is a great way to say your vows and tie the knot on a budget. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, it’s easy to plan a backyard wedding if you know where to start. From summer celebrations to a beautiful autumn ceremony, read on to learn how you can plan your wedding for a special moment right in your own backyard.
How to Get Started: Review the Logistics
Before you pick out favours and décor, start with the logistics. Try to nail down a date where you feel confident the weather will hold out for a glorious day. You should also determine whether or not you need a special license to get married in your backyard. This is because some locations still require a permit to perform official ceremonies in a private space. Determine how much equipment will be needed for the wedding so you can get the proper power source set up.
Once you’ve listed all of the logistics, the fun part begins. Think about the special features you’ll want to include in your backyard wedding. From a specific theme to your flowers, write down a list of ideas and tweak them as you go. Do you want an outdoor dance floor or stage? How about separate tables and chairs for the reception? Think of planning your backyard wedding the same way you would in any other venue.
Benefits of a Backyard Wedding
While a formal venue is always nice, there are plenty of awesome benefits to getting married in your backyard. First and foremost, you’ll save a ton of money on the cost to rent a venue which can run you into the thousands of dollars. That fact alone makes considering a backyard wedding worth the effort! Aside from saving money, here are some other benefits of hosting a backyard wedding:
- If your pets are part of the family, you can enjoy their company at the wedding. Most venues won’t allow pets, but you can certainly enlist your pooch to be the best man if you decide to get married DIY.
- Backyard weddings give you the flexibility to choose any date you want to get married. Instead of planning around the “wedding season” to find an open slot, you can pick any day you like when you host your own backyard wedding.
- You might be nervous about getting married. However, doing it in a familiar place is a great way to calm those nerves and help you feel more relaxed and at home.
Wedding planners are experts at creating the perfect timeline. If you’re doing everything on your own, it’s crucial to make sure you create a timeline that works. Do your best to schedule the ceremony somewhat early so the skies don’t get dark before you’ve said your vows. If possible, try to schedule your wedding photos before the ceremony begins so you can mingle and visit with guests directly after the ceremony is over. Finally, remember to be mindful of your neighbours and try to agree on an official time when the reception is over.
DIY Décor and Inspiration
If you’re planning a backyard wedding, you’re likely already working on other DIY ideas when it comes to themes and décor. Doing everything yourself gives you the freedom to create almost any style décor using any theme imaginable. Here are some suggestions to inspire you and prompt you to create a memorable theme with beautiful décor that’s all done DIY:
- Hang outdoor string lights throughout your backyard to create a warm, magical glow when the sun goes down.
- For autumn weddings, focus on beautiful colours like orange, red, and gold for décor, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses.
- Place clear glass vases on each table and fill them with freshly cut flowers you picked from your own yard.
- Laminate some of your favourite photos of you and your better half to protect them from the weather, then display them on rope or string and hang them from a tree or around a fence line.
- Get creative with seating and place a few vintage sofas and chairs outside. You can also use some hay bales as seating if you’re aiming for a wedding with a rustic or farmhouse theme.
Besides saving money and enjoying a smaller guest list, having a backyard wedding carries quite a bit of sentimental value, too. Imagine saying your vows right in the place where you grew up. If you don’t still live in the same house from your childhood, you likely still have plenty of wonderful memories from this special place. Your guests will probably feel sentimental as well. Especially so if they’ve spent a lot of time at your home and in your backyard. Remember to enjoy the moment and capture the memories with lots of photos, family, and friends.
This is a snippet of the article written by Isabella Caprario on Porch.com. For the full article, please click here.
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