We are 200 days till we say I do, and everything with our venue do to covid is up in the air. They aren't sure if they want to deal with all the things that go into any parties with covid. They told us we could wait and see if things change, but I told them we aren't going to wait around and then be forced at the last minute to slap together our wedding. So my fiance and I have decided to have the wedding in his parents backyard. Anyone who has been to a backyard wedding or had a backyard wedding have any tips, suggestions, do's and don'ts? And how to transform a backyard into a rustic romantic wedding for cheap? Thanks in advance.
I am in a similar situation. Such a stressful decision to make. Our wedding is in Detroit June 5th and was supposed to be for 200 people. Our venue basically told us to wait until May to see if we will be able to have it. I’m now leaning at doing a backyard wedding also. Im thinking of doing a tent, dance floor, lots and lots of lights and candles and Flowers. Renting glassware etc. - check local wedding swap pages on Facebook also, I’ve found tons of rustic items people are trying to sell.
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Thank you so much. It is just so frustrating sometimes. I was up all night last night I couldn't sleep because I had a million things running through my mind about this new change of plans.
Hi fellow Katie’s!! I think you are being smart. Trust me, I had 10 days to find a new outdoor ceremony site before our wedding. I wouldn’t want anyone to go through that. We ended up loving it, but it’s a lot better to have more than a week ❤️ If you are in the northern PA area, Party Plus provided beautiful tents, tables, fabrics for $800 for my last minute rehearsal dinner. They were amazing! If you have a florist, they can setup market lights, additional candles, additional greenery to help create a romantic ambience.
If it helps, a girl who shared my same florist as us had her reception cancel 2 days before (new restrictions) and she moved everything to her parents backyard. My florist designed it and not only did the couple love it, but I know someone who was a guest and said it was the prettiest wedding she had ever seen. A tip is to meet with the tent professional at the backyard space as specific types of tents can go in grass. They usually have to see it and can provide you various layouts and options. Hope this gives you comfort ❤️
Lights, flowers candles even lounge furniture in the back yard. A friend of mine had to change to her back yard and she had all of that and you felt like you were not in backyard but yet felt soo cozy.
My sister had hers in an open field (same place as mine will be). A huge thing that made hers seem more elegant than just a yard was having nice tablecloths. Draping lace/tulle/muslin also can help it seem less like a back yard. Lots of non-native flowers (fake or real) helps transform it too.
The most expensive and necessary investment is the tent. If you opt not to order one and it rains you have no back up other than going in the house. The other issue that you must tackle is parking if you live in a development you need to let your neighbors know that there will be an abundance of cars parked on the sides of the community roads for the date of your wedding.
Tent was a must for us. We are having an enclosed tent because where I live the weather in August could either feel like cold rainy fall day or feel like a hot summer day. If it ends up being to hot we will just not put the sides on. We are trying to figure out how we are going to park everyone. We live on a side street in the country.