If you’re thinking about hosting your wedding and reception in your backyard, a Manor House is a good option. Here are our best backyard wedding ideas, tricks and answers, whether you’re getting married near or elsewhere.
Plan Things Well
Backyard weddings are a great way to save money on the venue space, although you must remember that you’ll need to consider many things before you can commit to this idea. First question: Do you or your parents have a backyard big enough for your wedding? To answer this, you must think about your guest list and about what type of reception you would like to have. Do you envision a plated dinner or a buffet? Passed hors d’oeuvres or appetizers and cocktail bar or grilled picnic food? Each type of reception comes with different capacities. Will you also be hosting your ceremony in the backyard, or just the reception? You’ll need even more space if you’re hosting both.
We have a tip for you. Talk to a rental company or a catering company—yes, they can help answer your questions—before making a decision. They will know how much space you will need to set up tables, booths and a dance floor to accommodate your guest count, and will likely suggest different catering options that best meets your visions and space constraints.
Preparations Are Key
If you have at least two months’ time to prepare, you should be ready to prep the backyard. If you’re hosting a backyard wedding in the summer. Nature can take care of most of your décor costs—although you’re going to have to help it along. Plant your gardens this year with your event design and layout in mind. It will be difficult, though, to get your gardening in order without knowing where everything will go.
When talking to your wedding planner, Rental Company or caterer about the event layout before you do any work list what you want? Sometimes there are tables and prep areas that clients forget to take into consideration or new layout ideas. Come up with new ideas to maximize the space when the site is visited.
Theme Is A Team
Whether you’re looking for a simple backyard wedding or an elaborate, elegant wedding design, the theme will drive most of the aesthetic decisions from here on out. Sophisticated country? Vintage? Rustic? Whimsical? Every theme comes with different flowers, photo frames, centerpieces, chairs, linens, catering choices and more.
Consider A Tent It
It is largely recommended to rent a tent. Not only will this come in handy should there be a little inclement weather on the day of your wedding, but it also provides you with much needed shelter from things as simple as too much sun or a light breeze (think of your delicate decorations on the tables. The last thing you would want is for them to tip, break or blow away), A tent gives you privacy and adds decorating opportunities. Trust us when we say tents are great for backyard weddings large and small.
Dance It Away
What’s a backyard wedding reception without a dance floor? Lots of holes in the grass, that’s what. Be kind to all those women in high heels and those poor blades of grass growing in the danger zone, and rent a dance floor for guests to use in lieu of just a grassy area or even a patio or deck. Specify something flat and smooth.
Lights Is Love
A huge perk of a backyard wedding is that you can light up this space with as many (or as few) beautiful strands of lights as you could possible want—and you can begin the stringing as early as you need to since no one else is renting your event space. We suggest stringing lights throughout the ceiling of the tent and wrapping them around trees. Consider hanging or placing even more lights, Chinese lanterns and candles on chairs, tables, trees and other natural shrubbery. Wedding lighting is worth the upgrade almost every time.