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5 Things You’ll Need For A Backyard Wedding

Posted on: September 12th, 2013 by Quik Shade No Comments


With the cost of planning a wedding steadily on the rise, many are choosing a diy approach when planning their big day. The result is a simple, memorable wedding day that has a look that’s all your own.

A backyard wedding is indeed less expensive and stressful to plan. But there are a few things you should remember when tackling a backyard wedding that can save you from a lot of stress on the big day.

1. Make Sure You Have The Right Backyard

You want to create an atmosphere that’s beautiful, natural, and enchanting. Choose a yard that already has these qualities naturally. The whole point of a backyard wedding is to save yourself some trouble, so playing up the existing subtle beauty of a yard should be the first thing to think about.

Take a look around and decide what the focal point of the festivities will be: a large tree, scenic view, or lush garden can all be a central point for the ceremony. Your decor should complement, not overwhelm, the natural qualities of the yard. Table linens, furniture, outdoor canopies, lights, and flowers can all be coordinated to create an elegant look that makes it all come together.

2. Choose A Theme

From the colors of the bridesmaids dresses to the cloth napkins at every settings, an overall theme will delight guests and create a cohesive look for the wedding no matter where you decide to have it. Here is where you can really creative and express your individuality if you choose to do so.

A backyard wedding presents so many possibilities, ranging from fancy white napkin affair to a more casual picnic style festivity. You can choose to do the decorations yourself for a more cost effective approach. Remember, simple can be elegant and impressive too and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

3. Get Creative With Serving Ideas

Food and drink are another big part of a successful wedding party, and another area where you can take all kinds of approaches. Again, you can go diy to save some cash or opt for the traditional route with a caterer and full service bar. Going diy has the added benefit of letting you be more creative and lending your wedding festivities an air of charm and friendliness.

Having guests serve themselves from a buffet or barbeque is an option, along with limited alcoholic drinks to two types of cocktails that are made in advance. Be sure to have the wining and dining area of your wedding set up away from the altar. You don’t want the smell of food taking the attention away from the vows being made.

4. Be Prepared

From having enough restrooms for guests to being prepared for unexpected changes in the weather, you need to have all bases covered. Having a celebration outdoors presents its own unique set of challenges that you should be aware of.

A sudden downpour can drive the wedding party inside, so make sure that things can be moved indoors if absolutely needed. High temperatures can makes guests uncomfortable. Providing adequate outdoor shade and cooling misters will keep guests happy.

5. It’s Worth It The Fuss

The unique experience of a backyard wedding and having friends and family truly enjoy themselves makes all the planning worth it. With the right people there to help you out and proper preparation, the day should be stress free and one that you’ll always remember.

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