Backyard weddings are very romantic and can be expensive or inexpensive; it all depends on your budget and your ideas for your big day.
We will take the expensive options first, this route means using a backyard wedding venue that will arrange for every subject you could wish for from the backyard “chapel” for the ceremony, to the reception either inside or, to keep the backyard theme in a marquise. There are numerous venues offering their services either recommendation in every state in the union, so selecting the right venue for you again comes down to your budget and your imagination.
The starting point for your planning is how many guests you are going to invite, and a wild guess of how many of those you invite will be able to come. This figure has two vital uses one is fiscal, the figure will also be vital for determining which of the venues will be suitable for your big day.You know there are going to be people, usually relatives, who you know you have to ask but who will not be able to come, there will also be some who will be out of town depending on the time of year.
However you arrive at the magic number then that’s the one to go with, you can then look at the possible choices and match them up with your numbers. The most unpredictable will be the weather, make sure the venue has the capability to make alternative arrangements if the it starts to rain, or worse.
So finally you get down to a shortlist of about 3, then you need to go through the services they offer and check that the services, and the prices, they are quoting include everything you will need (chairs, tables, food, decoration, glasses, etc.) for the reception, don’t forget the dance floor for the evening, plus the arrangements for the ceremony,chairs, decorations, flowers make a list make sure that there will be no nasty surprises when the final total is arrived at. Compare all the quotes, see which you feel offer the best value, in the style you set your heart on.
Then we have the backyard weddings using your own property where the cash available means that you have to do most of the work yourself, with the help of family and friends, this means that you can have fun arranging your wedding the way you want it, it gives you an fabulous chance to be original.
Dress up your backyard wedding with a gazebo or two to cover your guests, then for that picture perfect backdrop have a wedding arch. They can be inexpensive and when decorated with flowers and or lights will give you a backdrop for the ceremony and for those all significant wedding photographs.
Just because you are having a home backyard wedding does not mean that your wedding theme options are limited to only florals or cactus or anything of the sort. You can use any wedding theme you like. You can be bold and creative in your choice or you can be traditional or classic or out of the ordinary. All wedding themes, as long as it suits your budget and dreams, is perfect for a home backyard wedding.
Outdoor weddings especially backyard weddings are so special and very romantic. Whichever way you go, it is your days make sure it is what you want, backyard weddings are so beautiful, especially with the spring flowers or with the autumn colors.
After 40 years in the hotel and restaurant business during which time I organised countless wedding receptions, these article and my weekly blog is my way of passing on a few tips that I hope you enjoy