How to Plan a Backyard Wedding

October 21, 2020

How do you plan a backyard wedding?

  1. Choose A Theme
  2. Find The Perfect Backyard
  3. Make it Weather Proof
  4. Plan Your Menu


Backyard weddings are a great choice for outdoor lovers. Your venue consists of grass, flowers, trees, and all of it is illuminated by the sun. It can be more sentimental if done at your own home. Imagine marrying your childhood sweetheart at your childhood home where some of your shared memories happened. This special day with your loved ones present will surely make your wedding a memorable one.


Choose A Theme

The first step in planning a backyard wedding is choosing a theme. Use your imagination and take inspiration from your favorite weddings. Do you want vintage or modern?

The theme will make it easier to plan your wedding. It will give you an idea of what venue, food, and clothes to use. Talk to your partner about your interests and choose one that will make both of you happy.

You can maximize the nature aspect of a backyard wedding. You can use seasonal flowers and trees in your backdrop. Earth tones will also complement the greenery while adding pops of color to your design will make it eye-catching.


Find The Perfect Backyard

Bride and groom with guests at wedding reception outside in the backyard.

Think of your guest list and reception when finding a venue. Ask yourself this question: Will all my guests fit in the venue? If not, then you can either choose a larger venue or trim down your guest list.

Introverts may choose a smaller venue for a more intimate wedding. While those who have a large extended family may require a larger venue. Consider if you are also doing the reception in your backyard because you will need even more space.

Do not forget the logistics. You need to plan for lighting, styling, outdoor bathrooms, and even parking. Aside from that, you may also need to get permission from your local government unit and talk to your neighbors before planning your wedding.

You may be thinking, “I don’t know anyone with a backyard, so what can I do?” You can consider renting an outdoor venue that is specially made for big events like this. This will also save you the effort of setting up the styling, lighting, and even accommodating parking space.


Make it Weather Proof

Imagine yourself walking down the aisle in your best hair and makeup, while wearing an all-white wedding dress. All the guests are looking at you and the venue looks magnificent because of all the trees and flowers. The band is playing your song when suddenly you felt drops of rain in your face.

Consider renting an outdoor tent or have a back-up plan in case of rain. In the case of hot sunny weather, an outdoor tent can also be placed at your reception area in order to protect your guests from the sun’s rays. Placing fans are also a great choice.


Plan Your Menu

Antique place settings for wedding reception

After the ceremony and picture taking, everyone is probably hungry–including you. While the option to prepare the food yourself is there, hiring a catering service can lessen the stress of your wedding planning. You don’t need to shop for ingredients for many guests and practice cooking it beforehand. Instead, you just need to choose a menu and attend a food tasting.  There’s no need to set the tables yourself and clean up afterward. On your wedding day, you and your guests will experience professionally prepared meals that will leave you satisfied.


Key Takeaway

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It requires planning in order to make sure that it is a success. A backyard wedding is a great choice for couples who want to spend their special day outdoors. A theme will help you make decisions on venue, attire, food, and design. A wedding also needs ample space. Choose a venue that is suitable for your guest list and make it weather-proof. To lessen the stress that comes with wedding planning, hiring a professional catering service may be your best choice.

Now that you know how to plan a backyard wedding, it is time to talk with your partner and start preparing for your wedding. Remember to support each other and enjoy the planning process. Best wishes to the future husband and wife!


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