Walking down the aisle of perfectly-grown green grass sprinkled with fresh white flowers, a refreshing breeze of fresh air touches your skin, your family and friends’ attention is on you, beautiful string lights open the reception area — are you dreaming of this kind of wedding?
Backyard weddings are warm, intimate, and can give you a uniquely sentimental and relaxed vibe. It is the perfect choice for couples who love the outdoors. Also, it provides a lot of benefits as it can be fully personalized and is a great option for a budget wedding.
But since a backyard wedding is an outdoor wedding, it also requires careful logistics planning to be a hassle-free wedding. Here’s a quick guide for the best wedding planning of a backyard wedding:
1.Choosing a Date
Since your wedding will have an outdoor venue, the first thing that you should consider when choosing your wedding date is the season. Schedule your wedding at the right season. Will it be too cold? Will it be too hot? Make sure that you pick the time of the year when you and your guests will be comfortable staying outdoors.
Aside from the season, there can be instances when the weather doesn’t turn out how you expected it to be. So you should always be prepared with a contingency plan. Secure tents on the day of your wedding so you can use it in case it rains.
Some areas require certain permits to conduct a backyard wedding. Be sure to check with your local authorities to avoid problems during your big day. Since you will be bringing in various suppliers and vendors to help you with setting up your wedding, also check if there are necessary permits that they need to acquire.
More than securing permits in compliance with local rules and regulations, you would also want to get permission from your neighbors. This doesn’t mean that you need to acquire an official permit from your neighbors. Since you will be having a celebration in your backyard, it is advisable for you to inform your neighbors beforehand about what will happen on that day. This is to manage their expectations since visitors will be going in and out of your area and the noise from your celebration might disturb them. You wouldn’t want to be reported by your neighbors due to public disturbance on your special day, would you?
3. Space and Set-up
Check the area that you’ll be utilizing for your wedding. Months before your big day, make sure that you plan the maintenance of your backyard. This is to give time for the plants to lush, flowers to bloom, and for you to clear out everything that needs to be cleared.
Measure the area. Will there be enough room for all your guests? Make sure to not compress the chairs and tables too much. There should be ample space for your guests to move around comfortably. Also, keep your older relatives in mind as they might need a dedicated space to feel more comfortable.
Allocate an area for the other festivities that you want to include in your wedding – a dessert bar, drinks booth, etc. Since it will be a backyard wedding, you might want to add a platform for the dance floor so your guests will be able to move safely and most importantly, for the newly-wed couple to safely enjoy their first dance as husband and wife.
4. Logistics – Electricity, Restroom, and Parking
One more important thing that you need to consider for the best wedding planning is the logistics. When it comes to outdoor venues, logistics can be quite more challenging.
You should ensure that you get enough power to keep your lights and sound system working. It would be best to rent a power generator to supply electricity. Have it set up in a way that wouldn’t disrupt the wedding elements and decorations. Make sure that the wires won’t get in the way of your guests.
Is your restroom enough for all your guests? How about the parking space? You need to find an available parking space for your guests or organize a carpool system. You wouldn’t want all your guests to park their cars outside your house and block your neighbor’s driveway.
5. Time to be creative!
Once all the logistics concerns have already been settled, it’s now time to be creative! Let your imagination fly. Go back to how your love story started. Include personalized elements to your wedding. After all, this is about both of you and the celebration of your love.
If you are on a budget, this is the perfect time to DIY the decorations. What’s great about backyard weddings is that they do not need fancy decorations to look beautiful. Simple and natural elements as decorations can make the atmosphere dreamy, warm, and intimate. You can even opt to make the decorations personalized for an added sentimental value to your venue.
Backyard Weddings – A Perfect Choice During This Time
Due to the pandemic, most couples prefer small and intimate weddings. Hence, a backyard wedding is one of the top choices among couples for their wedding theme. Besides, with a backyard wedding, you can maximize readily available resources and work with a limited budget. It can help you save money for the family that you will be building in the future.