A backyard wedding is a great way to save money and create an intimate experience for you, your partner, and your guests. It also allows you to plan a wedding under your terms and just the way you like it, instead of having to be restricted to what a venue dictates or requires. Here are some great ideas you can use for when you’re planning your perfect backyard wedding.
Hire a Flexible Caterer
A lot of couples are tempted to cook their own food at their backyard wedding in order to save money, but there are a number of downsides to this option. For one, this is an incredible amount of stress to add onto your shoulders when there are already so many other things to think about. Secondly, you actually might not end up saving as much money as you’d think. This is because caterers work with suppliers to lower costs and are experienced in knowing which ingredients are in season and thus better priced.
The best catering companies will accommodate your budget and work within your event space. For example, you could hire someone like the Food Dudes to do BBQ stations in your backyard that are portable and easy to set up. Guests can walk up and fill their plate with delicious, mouth-watering BBQ that’s perfect for a backyard wedding.
Rent a Tent
The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s highly recommended that you rent a tent for the day. Even if there’s no rain, you’ll want a tent to provide some much-needed shade from the sun. There are other benefits to setting up a tent, whether large or small, like protecting food from falling leaves, drifting pollen, or even from bugs. They’re also useful for when you want to set up lighting and are lacking a structure to attach them to.
Add a Dance Floor
Many of your guests may want to wear heels, so unless you want holes in your grass you should rent a dance floor as well. They are just as easy to get as renting a tent, and there are also some DIY sites out there that can give you advice on how to make your own. Not only is this a great way to protect your grass but it will also look amazing under your rented tent as well.
Get Creative with Lighting
String lighting is a popular choice when it comes to backyard weddings, as it really gives off an intimate feeling. You could also opt for lanterns which are fun and available in multiple styles and colours. If you are interested in light by candle, then make sure that they are in secure holders and that someone always has an eye on them – the last thing you want is a fire on your wedding day!
Sit Back and Enjoy
Remember to delegate where you can and ask for help when you need it – you don’t want to be left overwhelmed with so much to do. When all is said and done you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your tasty catered food under a beautiful tent with string lighting, which is exactly what you’d picture for a backyard wedding.