Backyard weddings are all the rage right now, and for good reason! It’s so special to get married in the yard you grew up in and can cut down on all the stress of searching for the perfect venue. Whether you’re having a big tented wedding or a small elopement with your closest friends, here are 5 tips to make sure everything goes smoothly!
Figure out your bathroom situation
Unless you’re having a teeny tiny wedding, you really don’t want people to have to go in and out of your house to go to the bathroom. We recommend renting a bathroom trailer. They’re super clean and look like a regular hotel bathroom stall, just inside a trailer. Bonus points if you put one of our bathroom amenity baskets on the counter in each of the stalls so that your guests have everything they need to freshen up!
Have an electrical/power gameplan
Your DJ will likely need to be plugged into an electrical source. Make sure that they can access power so that the party doesn’t stop until the last song!
Don’t be afraid to go the untraditional route!
You’re already having a backyard wedding, so you might as well mix some other things up too! Add some lounge seating for your guests or put out some yard games (we love giant jenga) for some extra fun 🙂
- Have a rain plan
If you’re going to have a tented wedding, make sure that you get walls that you can zip on, just in case it rains. Grab some clear umbrellas for taking photos and embrace it! Rainy wedding photos can be so beautiful, plus it’s good luck ;)
Hire a wedding coordinator
One of the downsides to a backyard wedding is that you don’t have all of the staff that a venue provides. This is where a wedding coordinator can be SO helpful! No one wants to spend the day before their wedding setting everything up (trust us, we’ve been there, done that). A wedding coordinator helps make sure that you and your family are actually able to relax and enjoy the weekend!
Tip: make sure your coordinator has backyard wedding experience!
Most of all - have fun! With such a special location, it's important to enjoy the sentimentality and not let a backyard wedding mean more work for the bride!!