Every year in the U.S., there are almost 2.5 million wedding ceremonies performed. Of those, only about 33% happen inside a religious institution. This number is on the decline.
The old idea that you have to get married inside a church has been thrown out the window. Instead, couples are opting for more creative venues, like old barns, outdoor spaces, and destination weddings.
Indeed, if you are planning a wedding these days, there are hundreds of venues you can choose from to host your event. No venue is as special as your backyard! It is easy to do.
With a little preparation, you can create the perfect backyard wedding. We are here to help. Keep reading to find out how to prepare your backyard for the perfect wedding venue.
Step 1: Size Matters
Before you begin, you need to think about size and scale. How many people are on your guest list? How big is the yard you are planning to use?
If these two numbers do not jive, you will not have a successful wedding. Make sure there is enough space for all your guests to roam around comfortably.
You also need to think about the amenities. Is there enough room for parking? Are there enough bathrooms?
Invite your vendors to tour your home and yard. They will give you a better idea of whether the outdoor space is large enough to accommodate your guests. They will also give you ideas for how to make the day more successful.
Step 2: Plant Your Decor
The best part about having your wedding in your yard is that you control the environment. That means you can plant your decor!
Consult with a local landscaper or greenhouse to find out which flowers work with your theme. Plant them 6-8 weeks before the event to ensure they are thriving by the time the big day rolls around.
Get your layout figured out early, so you have time to prep your yard. Have a plan for walkways and traffic flow. If you need to lay down special walkways, consider renting them.
Fill in any holes or low spots several weeks before the event. Stop watering your lawn a few days prior so that your grass is nice and dry. If you have pets, keep them away from the yard the few days before the wedding.
Do not forget about lighting! Hang lanterns and string lights from trees and porches to create a beautiful ambiance.
Step 3: Rent the Right Equipment
Consider renting a tent and dance floor.
You cannot have a wedding without a wedding dance! You do not have to miss out on a cozy meal and a fun dance party. You can rent this equipment from your local rental store, and they will even come out and set it up for you.
Plus, a tent gives you some security from the ever-present threat of inclement weather. Also, consider renting outdoor heaters or a fireplace. Even if you live in a southern climate, nights can get cold, and you want your guests to feel comfortable.
When choosing chairs and decorations, keep in mind that if you do not create flooring they will be on the ground. You do not want chairs that sink into the ground when you sit on them. Plus, you do not want decorations falling over. Select tables and chairs with firm bases.
The Perfect Wedding Venue is Right In Your Backyard!
With proper planning the perfect wedding venue is right in your backyard! You need a little preparation a pad, a calculator, and advice from professionals to make it perfect.
First, keep in mind this may not be a less expensive option but it certainly will have your stamp on the atmosphere. Then analyze the size of your guest list and compare it to the size of your space. Order the right equipment. Finally, prep your yard by planting beautiful flowers and mowing your lawn beforehand. With these three simple steps, you will be on your way to the perfect wedding in your backyard! Need more outdoor wedding tips? Check out this article for more ideas to make your big day even more special.
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