April 25, 2020
I’m not even exaggerating—when it comes to backyard weddings, which are SO beautiful and sentimental…there is a MAJOR need for preparation, consideration and planning that must go into making this backyard wedding a dream come true.
If you’re considering doing your wedding in a backyard, future Mrs., you ain’t gotta tell me twice: I absolutely support you. However, if at any point you consider eloping or find that wedding planning is too stressful, I’ve created a FREE wedding planning guide for all things planning your entire wedding. Feel free to check that out!
But, back to a backyard wedding. I’ve created this backyard guide because I love being part of the south and backyard weddings are among my favorite to shoot. But, there are things that as a future bride you have to look out for in planning. Here’s my list!
Let’s be real, a summer wedding in Knoxville while sitting outside? It’s gonna be hot. Be considerate of your guests and offer water at the ends of benches or chairs and even add a personal touch!
The benefit of having a backyard wedding is the immediate closeness and hospitality that guests will feel. However, if you’re planning for 200+ people at you’re wedding, and the backyard can only comfortably hold 100…let’s be real about space and accommodations. Either the guest list needs trimming or you might consider renting a larger venue elsewhere.
Okay, technically we’re the ones invading the bugs’ life if we decide to party in the backyard… BUT! Please your guests with a super kind gesture of offering bug spray or band repellant! Being outdoors doesn’t have to feel like you’re in the middle of a dense forest!
If the sun will be more than an issue than the bugs—offer sunscreen instead!
If burying the bourbon didn’t work and your backyard celebration is at risk of being caught in a sudden rain pour, revert to your Plan B: move the party inside the home or pull out that tent you didn’t think you’d need.
Plan B could be just as magical as Plan A if you’ve already considered and planned for bad weather.
If you live in a gated community or HOA, find out what the rules and policies are for large outdoor parties in your neighborhood.
Approximately 1- 2 months before the big day, talk to your neighbors about what in the world they should be expecting for the wedding they’re likely going to be hearing. Offer them a schedule of what the events of the day will be so they can plan for a night way or quiet time during your ceremony. Offer details about guests parking if they’re concerned. Spread the love to your neighbors and help them celebrate you!
I’m not just talking tables, linens and chairs. I’m suggesting you consider renting restrooms and a power generator. If you don’t want 50+ people going indoors to use your bathroom, PrettyPotties are an adorable option for your backyard guests to use the restroom.
If you’re lighting up the backyard, using food warmers and have a music system, then you don’t want to blow a fuse or put the entire neighborhood at risk of a power outage. Consider a generator to provide enough power to your outdoor reception!
I know you’re planning for your wedding day to go as planned, but this is why we’re planning: in case something goes unplanned.
Make sure you contact your homeowner’s insurance to see what kind of coverage you have for inside and outside the house in case of damage. Some of your vendors might carry insurance too.
Don’t forget to seek out any city permits that your area might require. Anything from noise ordinances to parking permits might be required before your big day.
But hey, take a deep breath and know that by planning, you’re already preparing for an amazing wedding.
Doing a backyard wedding is honestly one of the most romantic things you can do. This backyard wedding guide is to give you some insight into what things to think about and plan for. If you need some southern assurance, here’s some love from Southern Living “Brides who wed at home will never regret saying their vows in such a sentimental space.” If that isn’t motivation, then let me assure you—THIS CAN HAPPEN.
What’s even more amazing is getting to relive your perfect dream day anytime you want. Let’s chat about me capturing these unforgettable memories!
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