Backyard weddings can be so beautiful if they’re done correctly. They can be elegant, classy, and romantic without having to break the bank for a venue. There are a lot of things to think about if you’re going the backyard wedding route. You want to expect everything so nothing will surprise you and you can be prepared for the worst. There are a lot of pros and cons to consider if you’re having a backyard wedding. Here are 6 tips to have the backyard wedding of your dreams.
Expect Bad Weather
You can’t predict the weather 100% of the time. You can look at the forecast and get a general idea of what the weather will look like but there can be unexpected rains. Rent a rain tent just in case! It might seem like a waste of money but you wouldn’t want to have to postpone or cancel your wedding all together due to rain. Sometimes tent companies will let you put a tent on standby in case you need it. If you end up not needing the tent, they won’t charge you the full amount.
Don’t try to do everything yourself. You have to do a lot of things by yourself for a backyard wedding but try to have other people help as much as possible. Have your friends and family help you set up and make sure the food is ready. Wedding days are stressful enough without you having to worry about weather the tablecloths are out. This will take a lot of stress off your shoulders on your big day.
Keep Parking in Mind
Make sure the backyard you’re using has enough parking for all the guests you’ve invited. Maybe you need to hire a valet service to find parking for your guests while they find their seats. If your wedding is on the weekend, the street might already have a lot of cars on it if your neighbors aren’t working. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors maybe they’ll let you use their driveway for a day. Figure this out before the wedding day!
Enforce the Dress Code
Backyard weddings may make people think it’s a casual wedding. You could have guests showing up in hawaiian shirts and flip flops. If you’re having a formal backyard wedding make sure that people know. Put the dress code on your invitations. If your wedding is casual, that’s great too! Let your guests know.
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Consider the Temperature
If you know the weather will be a little chilly that day you can provide blankets. Maybe consider serving hot chocolate or cider for your guests to drink to stay warm. If you’re expecting hot weather, make sure you have plenty of cold water or lemonade for your guests. You could have paper fans placed on each seat as well. It’s important to try to keep your guests as comfortable as possible since they came to share your special day with you.
Make Sure the Backyard Looks Great
This may seem obvious but it’s important. Mow the grass, pull weeds, rake leaves, plant flowers, and decorate the space. Your backyard should be a place that the guests feel welcomed into. You could hang lights overhead for when the sun goes down. Maybe you can hire a professional to do some landscaping. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it looks good.
Backyard weddings are so beautiful and intimate. They provide a fantastic setting for a wedding day. However, there are so many things that could go wrong and you need to be prepared for all of them. Make sure you have everything covered so you won’t be surprised if it starts pouring rain. Use these tips to help you plan your wedding and you’ll definitely have the backyard wedding of your dreams.
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