Organizing a Backyard Wedding: Here’s How to Get Started

Backyard weddings are more popular than ever. Venues are postponing events due to the pandemic, travel restrictions are in place, and safety requirements for small gatherings have created a challenge. So, brides who are still eager to tie the knot are bringing things right into their very own backyard. If you are considering a wedding at home, here are tips to consider.

Organize your rental supply checklist.
While wedding venues have rooms set up and ready to entertain, it may be a challenge knowing exactly what you should order to create the same atmosphere.  Here is a checklist to get you started:

  • Tables
  • Tablecloths and linens
  • Chairs – for the ceremony and meal
  • Chair draperies
  • Table décor – centerpieces
  • Plates, cutlery, glassware
  • Lighting
  • Bars tables to serve food
  • Beverage station supplies – beverages and pitchers, ice bucket, beverage glasses
  • Floral arrangements and greenery
  • Lighting
  • Tents
  • Guest book
  • Arch for the ceremony
  • Trash bins
  • Serving utensils
  • Extension cords, power strips

Order appropriate food conducive to a backyard gathering.
Perhaps you had dreamed of a formal sit-down dinner indoors. You can still enjoy your favorite dishes; just modify how you serve them to suit your ambiance. When people think backyard wedding, comfort food typically comes to mind. So, include your upscale finger foods and side dishes while mixing them with your classic backyard selections. If you had your heart set on lobster as an entrée, consider serving it in a pastry or handheld appetizer instead. Pig roasts, hamburgers, and easy to serve buffet options have historically been a hit.

Create a unique beverage station.
Stock your bar with the typical favorites, but also include a specialty cocktail exclusive to your event. Think seasonal or original. If you have an innovation cocktail creation, this is the best time to share it with your favorite people.  Ordering a keg from a local brewery or cidery to serve is a also great way to make your ceremony intimate. Anything that makes your wedding memorable is key.

Add a place for games and entertainment.
Backyard games such as cornhole, tetherball, horseshoes, Canjam, and so on are perfect entertainment to mix with the DJ and wedding festivities. It also creates a casual, fun, and intimate setting that fits the ambiance of an outdoor wedding.

Make restrooms accessible.
Be sure to have clean restrooms available and easy to access. Allowing traffic inside to use the powder room can create unnecessary traffic and chaos. An outdoor setup can eliminate congestion for the caterer who is preparing food indoors. Here are some upscale options to consider: Luxury Restroom Trailers – Edmunds Waste Removal.

Etiquette Behind Wedding Attire: How Do You Know What to Wear?

Have you ever been invited to a wedding and wondered, “What should I wear?” You’re not alone. In fact, there is etiquette behind the answer. While it is obvious that you don’t want to show up dressed like the bride, we don’t want you to be stumped. Here is a guide to help you find the perfect outfit.

Casual

Casual weddings are based on a few factors. If you are confused based on the invitation alone, consider the couple. Are they the type to throw a formal event, or is their personality more suited to a casual get-together? Here are also a few giveaways that can help you prepare.

Morning weddings – typically weddings that take place early in the day provide a more casual setting. No need for cocktail dresses or stilettos. A pretty, and tasteful sundress with casual pumps or sandals are typically OK unless otherwise noted. Avoid flip flops, even in the most laid back of settings.

Outdoor weddings – An event taking place outside is likely to require clothing and shoes that make it easy to move on varying surfaces. Flip-flops are still out of the question but also avoid shoes that are difficult to maneuver on grass, cobblestone, or pavers with large gaps. This is also a time to find a dress or suit that will not expose too much bare skin if caught unexpectedly by the wind.

Beach weddings – While oceanfront weddings typically rank at the top of the causal wedding list, this is not the time for shorts, T-shirt, tanks and flip-flops. Remember, this is still an important celebration where your respect is a must. Pretty hats, sunglasses, flowing dresses that cannot accidentally expose too much skin are acceptable. This is also not a great time to show up in a fancy cocktail dress and pumps. You can also feel out of place when overdressed as you can underdressed.

Dressy

Formal weddings typically occur later in the day or early evening. However, depending on the venue, there may be a few exceptions.  When in doubt, just ask. Here are a few factors that may be a sign that it is best to dress in your Sunday best.

Church weddings – What would your grandmother want you to wear to a church service? Consider that question when you are selecting your attire. The rule of thumb is to dress up more for weddings occurring in the late afternoon or early evening. Even church weddings that occur earlier in the day require semi-formal attire that is a little dressier than an early outdoor or beach event. If occurring over the warmer months, you can get away with dressy sandals early in the day.

Evening weddings – Evening weddings are typically the most formal, especially for sit-down dinner receptions. This is the time to show off that fancy cocktail dress, gorgeous new shoes and clutch you’ve been dying to pull out of the closet. As long as your dress is tasteful and doesn’t match the bride, wear it with pride.

Organizing a Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings have become more popular than ever. Venues are postponing events due to the pandemic, travel restrictions are in place, and safety requirements for small gatherings create challenges. So, brides who are still eager to tie the knot are taking things right into their very own backyard. If you are considering a wedding at home, here are some tips to get you started.

Organize your rental supply checklist.
While wedding venues have reception halls set up and ready to entertain, it may be a challenge to know exactly what you need to order to create the same atmosphere.  Here is a checklist to get you started:

  • Tables
  • Tablecloths and linens
  • Chairs – for the ceremony and meal
  • Chair draperies
  • Table décor – centerpieces
  • Plates, cutlery, glassware
  • Lighting
  • Bars tables to serve food
  • Beverage station supplies – beverages and pitchers, ice bucket, beverage glasses
  • Floral arrangements and greenery
  • Lighting
  • Tents
  • Guest book
  • Arch for the ceremony
  • Trash bins
  • Serving utensils
  • Extension cords, power strips

Order appropriate food conducive to a backyard gathering.
Perhaps you had dreamed of a formal sit-down dinner indoors. You can still enjoy your favorite dishes; just modify how you serve them to suit your ambiance. When people think backyard wedding, comfort food typically comes to mind. So, include your upscale finger foods and side dishes while mixing them with your classic backyard selections. If you had your heart set on lobster as an entrée, consider serving it in a pastry or handheld appetizer instead. Pig roasts, hamburgers, and easy to serve buffet options have historically been a hit.

Create a unique beverage station.
Stock your bar with the typical favorites, but also include a specialty cocktail exclusive to your event. Think seasonal and original. If you have an innovation cocktail creation, this is the best time to share it with your favorite people.  Ordering a keg from a local brewery or cidery to serve is a also great way to make your ceremony intimate. Anything that makes your wedding memorable is key.

Add a place for games and entertainment.
Backyard games such as cornhole, tetherball, horseshoes, Canjam, and so on are perfect entertainment to mix with the DJ and wedding festivities. It also creates a casual, fun, and intimate setting that fits the ambiance of an outdoor wedding.

Have easily accessible restrooms.
It is essential to have clean restrooms onsite and easy to access for your guests. Allowing everyone inside to use your powder room can get overwhelming and will create unnecessary traffic for your caterer when preparing food indoors. Consider any of these upscale options instead: Luxury Restroom Trailers – Edmunds Waste Removal.

Planning for Unexpected Weather

If you are planning an outdoor wedding, you may be a little concerned about the weather. Rightfully so. But, mother nature does not need to add extra stress. Here are a few tips to work around any curve balls she may throw your way. 

Have a ‘Plan B’

Although your alternate plan in not the ideal situation, it will bring you relief in the event of unexpected weather emergencies.  Work with your planner and have the details ironed out before your big day. Also, make sure your venue is on board and ready to shuffle things around easily for any last-minute decisions to bring the party indoors. 

Party Tents

If your dream to tie the knot outdoors must happen regardless of rainfall, consider placing the meal, tables, and all other festivities inside an oversized party tent. If the weather is not perfect on your wedding day, no problem, you already have shelter.  If your special days turns out to be sunny and perfect, a tent is still great refuge from the sun. 

Insurance

In a worst-case scenario, you will be relieved if you purchased insurance that will cover any costs due to a natural disaster.  Although it may not seem like a great idea in the moment, while under the stress of a budget, think twice before you refuse an optional insurance offer if you are planning an outdoor wedding.  It also never hurts to ask all your vendors what their policy is for rescheduling or refunding in a last-minute crisis. 

Remember that you cannot control the weather, but you can embrace it and roll with the punches. So, prepare for the unexpected and have a plan just in case!

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Outdoor Parties Everyone Will Be Talking About

Summer is just around the corner and your employees are eager to get out and celebrate. Why not build your team’s spirit by holding a party? Hosting a corporate outdoor party can not only increase morale but can also show your team how much you appreciate them.

Here are some ideas to make those corporate outdoor parties a blast!

Family Picnic

Family picnics are an awesome way for people to relax while enjoying some good food and good weather. Hosting a picnic-style event allows employees to get to know each other’s spouses and children, creating a more community-like atmosphere. Sweeten the experience by providing exciting activities such as a cornhole tournament, sand volleyball challenge, or other fun outdoor activities (and don’t forget to provide a fun gift for the winner).

Golf Outing

Golfing is one of the best outdoor activities to do in the warmer months, especially when turning it into a friendly competition! Creating a fun golf outing allows employees to show off their athletic capabilities while getting to know their coworkers, as well. Being one of the most popular corporate event theme, everyone can agree they’d prefer 9-holes to the office on a beautiful summer day!

Boat Cruise

Private boat cruises for corporate events have been growing in popularity due to their ease in planning and uniqueness. Since many boat-entertainment services ensure minimal planning on the organizer’s end, companies are able to easily plan the event without having to stress over the details. While enjoying the beautiful views and lively atmosphere, employees are able to mingle and relax in a lovely environment.

Baseball Game

Summer just wouldn’t be complete without attending a baseball game! Employees are able to unwind and have fun by cheering on their local (or national) team, eating hot dogs, and overall enjoying America’s favorite past-time. Whether it’s major or minor league, baseball games are said to be one of the most popular corporate outing events.

With summer on its way, you can get your employees excited with an amazing outdoor corporate party everyone will be talking about for years to come. Don’t miss out on showing your employees how valued and appreciated they are!

Spring Event Planning

Our winter celebrations have come and gone and before you know it the weather will start getting warmer, with spring events in full swing! Whether you are planning an outdoor wedding, a St. Patrick’s Day event, or even a community Easter Egg Hunt, there is much planning to be done – including plans for portable toilets or restroom trailers!

Follow our tips below to help you plan for your portable restroom needs.

  • Start With The Number of People Expected

It is extremely important to determine the right ratio of bathroom to guests for your big event. You certainly don’t want to waste people’s time standing in lines while they could be having fun! It is also important to adjust your type of portable restroom to the specific event you will be having. The variations in portable restrooms can be suited towards your event, whether it be very casual or more elegant.

  • Determine What Sort of Food and Beverages Will Be Served

If you are planning to have a 3-course meal or simply a popcorn stand, you will still want to be sure to have restrooms available for the attendees. Determining what type of food and especially what type of beverages will be consumed can factor into how many portable restrooms you will need. If there will be plenty of food and plenty of drinks (especially alcohol!) you may want consider renting more portable restrooms than you first estimated.

  • Contact Our Team at Edmunds

Regardless of your portable restroom needs, our team at Edmunds will be able to assist you in your planning. Our staff is ready to answer your questions and to help ensure you have exactly what you need for your outdoor event.

By following these steps in planning for your spring event, you are ensuring your guests are comfortable and ready to have a great time. We, at Edmunds, are ready to help you plan the best event possible! Contact us today!