February 2, 2021

Tips for hosting a backyard wedding

Tips for hosting a backyard wedding

It can be incredibly expensive planning a wedding, with a venue being one of the most expensive costs. A backyard wedding is perfect for those looking for an intimate occasion and creates a sentimental feeling that can’t be quite matched in a large venue. 

Backyard weddings are also perfect for couples who love the outdoors or those who need to consider convenience for older guests.  

Despite being set at home, however, there is still a lot of planning that goes into a backyard wedding. Below are a few tips to help you host your own. 

Rent A Generator 

For a wedding in the backyard, you’ll likely need plenty of additional lighting and, for a romantic feel, fairy lights. There’s also the sound system and any food prepping equipment that needs to be powered. Adding all this to your house electrics is a risk and could lead to a sudden blackout during what should be the smoothest, happiest day of your life. 

You can rent a generator very easily online from a number of reliable stores. This can be hidden out of sight during the reception but will keep everything powered while you dance through the night. 

Plan the Landscape 

For the perfect wedding photos, consider using a landscaper. Landscapers will be able to turn your backyard into a beautiful backdrop for the occasion, and then some. If you are planning to design your backyard, you need to allow time for flowers and plants to bloom, so make sure to plan in advance. 

Permits & Permissions 

If you’re hosting a wedding with a large group of people, be sure to check your local area’s permits, and inform your neighbors – or invite them! Noise regulations, fire codes, and zoning issues are all things you need to be aware of and in compliance with so that your big day isn’t ruined by a huge fine. 

Hire A Bartender 

As it’s your big day, you and your guests should focus on enjoying it – not running around making sure everyone has a drink. Eventbartenders.com offers several wedding bartending packages, including drinks stations and cocktail making with your own private bartenders, so the bubbly can keep flowing all night long. 

Prepare for Bad Weather 

No matter how much you plan, you can’t guarantee the weather – even if you have a summer wedding. If you have a large enough house, moving the guests inside shouldn’t be too much hassle. But what about if there’s definitely not enough room inside? 

Some hire services will allow you to place a tent on reserve for those ‘just in case’ moments. That way, if the sun doesn’t show its face, you can still have the intimate backyard wedding you’ve always dreamed of. 

By planning well in advance, you have plenty of time to smooth out the finer details and get excited for your big day. Make sure to get invites out early so you can gauge just how many people you need to accommodate for.  You can even plan ahead and think of the perfect wedding photo locations in your backyard and discuss these with your photographer. 

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