Backyard Wedding Ideas
With the right backyard wedding ideas you can transform any yard into the perfect wedding of your dreams. The key to planning your wedding is being organized and know what type of event you really want to have. It could be a small wedding or a large one, an inexpensive one or an expensive one, it all depends on your certain circumstances and what you envision for your big day.
When it comes to planning a backyard wedding, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind before you should even start your actual planning. You need to decide how big of a wedding it is going to be and approximately how many guests you will invite. You should also determine what kind of theme you want to go with as well as determine what you will do if it rains on your wedding day. Once you have decided these things you can go more into depth on your wedding planning.
Here are some backyard wedding ideas that you can use to help get some inspiration for your bid day.
Getting Your Backyard Ready for a Wedding
The first thing you should consider is who is going to get your backyard wedding ready. You may want to consider hiring a professional company or inviting your friends and family to get the yard ready. Things you may want to consider include cutting the grass, trimming bushes and trees, setting up stones or pavers in the grass area, washing the outside of the house, staining decks and driveways, and planting more flowers. You can find some annual flowers for a very cheap price to plant in the yard to spruce up the area for the wedding and this can be a cheap way to decorate for your wedding.
Wedding Theme Ideas
There are so many different wedding themes you can have for a backyard wedding. Just because your wedding is taking place in a backyard doesn’t mean that you don’t have choices when it comes to themes. A lot of brides tend to go with outdoor-type themes because they do fit the scenery but you can really have just about any theme you want. Some popular themes include garden theme, beach or Hawaiian theme, colors of the season theme (example – brown and orange for fall time and pink and green for spring), nature theme, and country wedding theme.
Outdoor Party Lighting
If your backyard wedding reception is going to be held into the nighttime you are definitely want to consider some party lighting for the outdoors. This doesn’t have to cost you a fortune as you can find outdoor string lighting that can be perfect for a backyard wedding for very cheap. You can have lighting hanging from archways and the top of a tent as well as lanterns hanging from a few poles and even have lamps on the tables. You can also consider having candles but you want to remember about fire safety as well. Some other backyard wedding ideas when it comes to lighting include tiki lights lining pathways and having solar lights hanging around the backyard areas so that come on automatically when it gets dark.
Backyard Wedding Menu
There are tons of different menu ideas that you can have for a backyard wedding. You can go the casual route and have some awesome picnic food or even a BBQ wedding reception or you can go for the more formal menu and have a caterer make all the normal wedding foods that people are used to. A good idea is to try to incorporate the food into your wedding theme and atmosphere. If you are going to have a more casual wedding you don’t want your menu to be super formal but instead could even just do appetizers or different eating stations during the reception.
Music for a Backyard Wedding
One thing that you do have to consider when it comes to backyard wedding ideas and music is how your neighbors are going to react to the noise. If you plan on having a loud bad or DJ you definitely want to warn your neighbors about it especially if they will be playing later into the night. You can choose your music according to the theme of your wedding or just go with the type of music you and your groom like. A cute thing to do is to at least incorporate some music into your wedding theme for example if you are having a Hawaiian themed or beach wedding you could always play some Jimmy Buffet music or if you are planning a small backyard wedding that has a country touch to it you could incorporate some bluegrass or old country music into the playlist.
Don’t Forget the Seating for Wedding Guests
When you have your wedding at a reception hall or at banquet center you don’t have to worry about the seating as you just give the place your number of guests. When you have your own backyard wedding you need to make sure that you have enough seating for every guest that comes. You don’t want to have some guests have to stand during the ceremony because there aren’t enough chairs or find that not everyone has a table to sit at for the reception. Also, a nice added touch is decorating the chairs with fabrics that match the wedding theme to add some more color and pizzazz to the outdoor scenery.
In just about any cit you will be able to find a place that will rent you a large tent for your backyard wedding. If you don’t want to use the tent you can always have it as a standby option in case of rain. Also, it may be a good idea to have a covered area where guests can gather during the wedding reception if you are planning the wedding during summer months where it may be extremely hot. It may also be a good idea to have fans or portable air conditioners in the tent as well if you know it will be hot on your wedding day. You could have different areas in your yard and the tent could be just one place the guests can gather or it can be your main area for your wedding ceremony or reception. You may also want to have a backup plan if the weather gets really bad and the tent won’t stand up to the weather. It’s never a bad idea to be over prepared on your wedding day.
Providing Restrooms and Other Necessities
Make sure that you don’t overlook restrooms when it comes to your backyard wedding. Most brides will have the house open for guests to use but if you are not comfortable with that you can also rent portable restrooms for your wedding day. You may also want to consider other necessities such as bug spray, sunscreen lotion, and other “refreshers” for the restroom. These are nice added touches that won’t cost a lot but will make your wedding guests really appreciate the extra added thought.
These are just some backyard wedding ideas that you can use to help you get started planning your special day. Remember that you aren’t limited in choices just because your wedding is in your yard but you may even have more choices since you can choose to work with that space any way you please.
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