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The Ultimate Guide to Hosting a Backyard Wedding

Zuhaa Lee

Zuhaa stands out for her expertise in digital innovation, transforming large tents into interactive and technologically advanced spaces.

Published: April 22, 2024

Introduction

This article lists the things you need to be aware of when organizing a wedding in your backyard, provides some money-saving tips, and discusses small details that are often overlooked. Come and learn these tips in advance, and let us help you implement a perfect backyard wedding plan!

1. Space layout of the wedding backyard

  • Based on the spatial layout of the backyard, an area was chosen to hold the ceremony.
  • Depending on the number of guests and the layout of the tables and chairs (another blog post details how to plan and calculate the space you'll need), you'll need to set aside an area for guests to dine.
  • For the wedding in the backyard, the DJ and band will need some open space for a performance area.
  • Prepare backyard wedding venues for your guests to entertain on the dance floor.
  • Parking space.Provide spaces ready to park one car for every four guests.

    Space for your vendors' vehicles (such as vans used by the DJ or caterer).

    Accessible routes so grandparents or people with disabilities can get in and out of each space.

    If the parking area is far from the wedding site, consider renting a couple of golf carts to transport guests.

Backyard Wedding Ceremony

2. Prepare backyard wedding tent

Whether it's a sunny or cloudy rainy day, a marquee will allow the event to go ahead and can be rented or purchased.

  • When renting, pay attention to the company's cancellation and refund policy to ensure that if the weather is right on the wedding day, you can still cancel the rental and get a refund.
  • If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you may also want to consider purchasing a tent for your patio (there are many types of tents for weddings, which I'll cover in more detail in this article).
Backyard Tent Wedding
White Chairs For Backyard Wedding

3.Chairs and tables for backyard weddings

Tables and chairs are available for rent from rental companies or at Sam's Club or any other large department store.

Buying cheap, collapsible, small white chairs is a good option if you have limited space in your yard.

4. Backyard wedding decorations - Tablecloths and Tableware

Tablecloths and table runners can be purchased from your local fabric store or online ahead of time (less expensive)
  • If your tables are colored, we recommend using a white plain fine cloth.
  • If your tables are white, you can use your imagination to buy some colored tablecloths in beautiful colors.
Backyard Wedding Decorations

5. Backyard wedding food ideas

Tablecloths and table runners can be purchased from your local fabric store or online ahead of time (less expensive)
  • The most hassle-free way is to contact the caterer directly; you can also search "wedding meal service + your area" in Google to find more companies and compare their quotes and flavors.
  • The most hassle-free way is to contact the caterer directly; you can also search "wedding meal service + your area" in Google to find more companies and compare their quotes and flavors.
  • Prepare some simple appetizers.
  • Salad
  • Seafood platter
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cookies
  • Pastry
  • Desserts
  • Fried chicken
  • Marinated assorted meats
  • French fries
  • Get a grill, add some homemade toppings or dipping sauces
  • Prepare some burgers with different flavors ahead of time
  • In the evening, you can gather the rest of the evening's guests around the fire pit for some roasted marshmallows, chocolate bars, and whole wheat cookies!
  • Also consider getting a few familiar faces over to help make some hot food at a nearby diner. Good food is most important!
Backyard Wedding Alcohol

6. Backyard wedding alcohol services

Tablecloths and table runners can be purchased from your local fabric store or online ahead of time (less expensive)
  • Contact local bars to see if they offer alcohol and bartending services. They can also make you more aware of other considerations such as local liquor licenses.
  • Or you can purchase all the alcohol you love and hire a bartending service (friends or family can help if they can).

7. Glassware for the backyard wedding ideas

Silverware and glassware are recommended to be purchased directly online in advance.

You'll find that these items are potentially cheaper than renting them, and you won't have to worry about losing money due to staining or tearing.

Glassware For The Backyard Wedding Ideas
Clean Backyard For Wedding

8. Clean your backyard for wedding preparation

  • Use a broom or vacuum to clear your yard of debris, such as fallen leaves, dead branches, and empty boxes
  • Trim lawns, shrubs, flowers, or other plants
  • Weed killer to remove weeds
  • Use a hose, cleaner, and brush to clean hard surfaces such as steps, decks, fences, and other areas of dirt removal
  • If there is a pool or pond in the yard, leaves must be removed, filters and pumps cleaned, etc.

9. Backyard wedding decoration ideas

Buy some ribbons, balloons, flowers, greenery and lamps to decorate your wedding

10. Prepare a unique signpost on the outside of your yard

Signpost For Backyard Wedding
Bride And Bridesmaids In The Backyard

11. Backyard wedding dress

  • The bride and groom's and groomsmen and bridesmaids' outfits are a big deal.
  • Clothes rental is costly, and dirty or damaged also causes you to lose money.
  • It's simpler to think about. The groom can wear black or khaki pants, white button-down shirts, and black leather shoes.
  • The bride can pick a set of fit simple white dresses and buy a beautiful headdress, necklace, and veil online with comfortable and fit high heels.
  • The best man can uniformly wear a funny and creative outfit.
  • Bridesmaids can wear dresses that are uniform in color but different in style.

12. Other things to prepare for the wedding

  • Find a hair and makeup artist that matches your aesthetics.
  • You will need a Photographer and Videographer to document your important day.
  • Live atmosphere team, it would help if you found your favorite DJ and singing performers.
  • Create unique invitations for your wedding.
  • Bus or other transportation bookings to ensure your guests can return safely from your residence after the wedding.
  • Hotel room bookings: If your guests are staying overnight, you should book a certain number of rooms at nearby hotels in advance.
Backyard Wedding Checklist

Conclusion

This ultimate guide has shared various details and considerations for organizing a backyard wedding. We hope that we have helped you with your wedding.

Weddings are:

  • A celebration of love.
  • A reunion of family and friends.
  • It is a beautiful start to a future life.

On this particular day, we hope you can feel endless happiness and fulfillment as you move forward into a bright future with your loved ones.

Last but not least, we wish you all a happy wedding!

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