We all know that planning a wedding can be very stressful next to all the shopping, organizing, decorating, etc. However, when it comes to the wedding venue, sometimes less is more. You don’t need a fancy, expensive space in order to have the perfect wedding. Plus, if you enjoy nature and prefer a more intimate atmosphere, you might already have the perfect venue for holding your wedding ‒ your own backyard. So, if you’re considering this idea, here are a couple of tips that should help you out.
First things first, you need to see whether your backyard is actually suitable for a wedding. If it’s not big enough, you might have to look for another option. You should also think about the type of reception you’d like to have in terms of atmosphere and food ‒ would you like to organize a buffet dinner, or would you prefer something simpler like a barbecue? Each type comes with different space requirements, so make sure everything is covered before you start inviting the guests. Also, if there are any repairs that need to be done on your home exterior, now is the time to take care of that as well.
Prepare the yard
When it comes to preparing your backyard for the event, the first thing you need to think about is the season; if you’re holding a summer wedding, for example, you’ll have a much easier time with the décor; nature will do most of the work, but you still need to set up the base. Talk to your wedding planners about the best wedding layout before you do any work, and plant your garden with the layout in mind so you know where everything will go. Also, it’s always a good idea to get a couple of tents or some nice and quality shade sails so your guests can hide from the sun or rain.
You also need to think about the theme of your wedding. Do you want it to be more elegant and sophisticated, or more rustic and vintage? Every theme comes with different types of decorations, chairs, catering options, flowers, etc.
Moreover, if you don’t want your backyard to be filled with holes made by all the high heels, think about renting a dance floor or perhaps a patio. You can’t really have a wedding reception without dancing, and unless your backyard is perfectly leveled, it won’t be suitable for long dancing sessions.
Light it up
One of the best things about holding a backyard wedding is the freedom you have when decorating with lights. You can use as many or as few strands of light as you want, and you can start decorating whenever you want, since nobody else is using your space before you. You can add the lights to the ceiling of your tents or shade sails, and you can wrap them around trees and bushes. You can also add a couple of romantic lanterns and candles. The right lighting can make your wedding look much more expensive than it might be, so dedicate some time to decorating properly ‒ it will be worth it.
Make it your own
After all, it is your backyard, so let it show. You have a chance to decorate it with some more intimate details like the photos of you and your partner or any other memorabilia that is meaningful to you. You can turn your whole home into a shrine to symbolize your love, since that day is all about you. Also, since you are the host at your own venue, you get to organize the entertainment in any way you want ‒ if you want to set up a mini football court, play limbo, or any other kind of game, by all means, go for it. Your guests will surely enjoy it.
Hosting a backyard wedding gives you a special kind of freedom to organize it any way you want, and it creates a special mood of comfort and intimacy knowing that you are already at home. So, make sure to plan and prepare everything in time, put effort into decorating it properly, don’t let your guests be bored, and your wedding is guaranteed to be remembered for a long time.