So, the big day has finally arrived. He asked you to marry him, and you said yes with stars in your eyes. Your parents beamed with pride when told them the news and your best friend said she would be thrilled to fly out and be your bridesmaid. Now the real work begins. Now you have to plan the perfect wedding, the one you will remember for the rest of your life. The hard part, where to have it, has already been decided. You both agree that a backyard wedding is what you really want.
But even with this figured out, there are still landmines along the way. A backyard wedding will still take a lot of work. The trick is to make sure it is memorable for all the right reasons, and not for the disasters that came with it. If you are ready to start the massive hunt for the right dress, the right caterer and the best possible theme, we can help. Here are a few tips to help you avoid disaster and end up looking like you hired a pro to plan the entire wedding.
Know When to Delegate
You don’t have to do everything and in fact you shouldn’t want to do everything. While the initial planning is yours to do, decide early one which things you want to delegate to professionals. The catering is a good example. Do you really want to be dishing out food in your wedding dress right after taking your vows? Of course not. So, take the plunge and pay for a good caterer who has done backyard weddings and knows the pitfalls that come with them.
When planning what to buy, what to rent and what to borrow from friends and family, be sure to make a budget that truly reflects all of these decisions. Furniture can be borrowed if it is a small wedding, but for larger weddings be sure to include the cost of rentals.
Little things can add big to the atmosphere and be worth the little they add to your budget. A good example is to include sparklers for a festive touch for little output. You can get sparklers online for less then you think and they certainly make a wedding an expression of joy.
Set the Mood and Dress
While for many the very words “backyard wedding” conjures up a hippie wedding or something beachie, it doesn’t have to be that way. You should take control of the day from the start, and that includes dictating what the dress code is for the event. If you say “casual dress” you should also define what that means unless you are prepared for some of your guests to show up in shorts and flip flops.
Outline what you mean in the invite and then stick to it no matter what the pressure. You probably have at least one friend who will ignore your request for jackets and shoes, so try to keep the wedding bums down to a minimum. Unless, of course, that is what you want. Most of all, smile and enjoy. You have been waiting for this day for a long time.