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.

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.

Staying Cool at an Outdoor Summer Wedding

When summer finally rolls around, it is natural to want to spend time outdoors. If you are planning your nuptials through the hottest season of the year, here are a few tips to keep you and your guests cool so you can keep the party going!

Fans and Shade

It is important to have a space where you can take refuge from the sun during the summer.  Typically, outdoor weddings are coordinated under an oversize tent large enough for dining tables, a dance floor, DJ stations, and food. While you may have wedding events and opportunities to gather away from your shaded space, it is important to have a place to retreat. Strategically setting fans in the corners of your tent will help to keep the cool air flowing on a hot day.

Dress Less

There is a time and place for a formal wedding, but outdoors in the middle of the summer is not one of them. Keep things casual so your guests are comfortable wearing clothes that can breathe. Let the ladies relax in a sundress while the men sport that fun Hawaiian shirt found on their recent beach vacation.  The more relaxed you are with your dress code the happier you guest will be.

Hydrate

Keep the water flowing. Set water stations throughout your ceremony and reception areas to keep you and your guest well hydrated.  The last thing you want at your wedding is a guest passing out from dehydration. While the perfect summer cocktail selections are endless, be sure to have a glass of water available with every drink poured.

Timing

Try to avoid gathering the middle of the afternoon on a hot summer day. Hold your festivities late morning or early evening instead. You want to avoid the time of day when the sun is at its peak and humidity is at its highest. The difference in a few degrees can be significant.

Summer is a beautiful time of year to be outside and the wedding photo opportunities are amazing. Just be sure to take your guests into consideration and keep things light and cool!

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!