Backyard weddings are the hottest trend right now.
It’s easy to see why. With venues closing due to the pandemic, a backyard is undoubtedly appealing, offering ease and calm. And with plenty of open-air space, you even have your COVID-safe venue.
Get a perfectly planned backyard wedding with our simple guide to everything you need to arrange before the big day.
1. Comfy Furniture
You’ll probably need to hire furniture for the big day. When guests are sitting for your ceremony or dining, make sure they are comfortable.
When backyard wedding planning, don’t forget about smaller seats and high chairs if you invite young children and babies.
2. Wedding permits
Depending on the state where you live, you might need to apply for a permit or license to get married at home. Check your state websites to determine the requirements and timescales for a permit application.
3. The Theme
Weddings at home give you a blank slate when creating a unique theme. Start by collecting ideas on places like Pinterest and use that as inspiration to develop your wedding theme.
Keep the theme distinct, as it will help you bring together the decor and dress code for the day in a more coherent way.
4. Hire Shelter
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you might be hoping for a beautiful sunny day. But we can’t always control the weather!
Hire shelter for your guests, such as a wooden hut structure or a marquee. And if you do have rain showers forecast for the big day, buy umbrellas for your guests as a personal and unexpected touch.
5. The Timeline
You don’t want guests standing around waiting or asking you what is happening and when. Plan a timeline before the big day, and let your guests know when everything is happening.
If you aren’t using a formal wedding planner, get a trusted friend such as the maid of honor or best man to take charge of the schedule for the wedding.
6. The Food
Food might be a crucial decision for your wedding, but don’t feel you have to opt for a formal sit-down meal or expensive catering options. Instead, you could go for fun but low-cost alternatives like a food truck or barbeque.
When choosing a location and opting for a backyard, you’ll need to think about setting the scene for the perfect wedding photography or wedding movie. Consider investing in beautiful floral backdrops or an arbor.
8. Your Guest List
Most home weddings offer limited space compared to a formal wedding venue like a hotel. So it provides you the chance to have a more intimate wedding and a limited guest list.
Plan to let people know your likely numbers so distant relatives aren’t disappointed when they don’t get an invite.
9. Your Budget
Set the budget for your wedding early on. Weddings are a commercial venture, so you will feel tempted to pay for many extras you probably don’t need. A budget will help you stay focused on what’s important.
10. The Date!
Guests need lots of advanced notice for a wedding, so aim to set the date at least six months ahead and a year or more if you can. Send out a “save the date” invite while you are still arranging the day’s details.
Beautiful Backyard Weddings
Backyard weddings offer you a low-budget, relaxed, and beautiful venue for one of the most memorable events in your life. And with a bit of planning, you can turn any garden into a magical wonderland.
Why not head over to our house section for some decor inspiration?