There are no strict rules when it comes to weddings these days. You can have it in a church, on a beach or in a park. Another option that more people are moving towards is having it in their very own backyard.
There are so many benefits to a backyard garden wedding. As you are living and planning in the very space that you are going to host the wedding, you are able to start working on the area long before the wedding. Whereas at a hired venue or in a public place, you’ll only have access on the morning of the wedding.
It is also nice and easy to have a wedding at home. After all the house comes with accommodation and space for you and your wedding party to get ready. For some people, the home may hold a lot of sentimental value if it belongs to a parent, grandparent or another loved one.
If you are planning a backyard garden wedding, here are some tips to help make the big day go as smoothly as possible.
Preparing the garden
One of the most important things you’ll be doing in the lead up to the wedding day is getting the garden prepared. This is something that you can get started on quite early, and should definitely not be left until the last minute.
Preparing the garden might be as simple as doing a bit of pruning or mowing, or it could be a much larger project that requires hiring some skip bins and clearing the garden out ready to start again.
Make a vision board for how you see the garden looking on your wedding day, so that you know what it is you are working towards and can make a solid plan.
Theme the garden
A great theme for an outdoor wedding is nature. Use the trees and flowers around you for inspiration on how to decorate the tables. Some ideas are: use the leaves from your favourite tree in the garden as place tags. All you need to do is pick some big leaves and write the guests names on the underside of the leaf in either texta, glitter pen or white out and place it on the tables. Another idea is to use fruit from your trees for decoration. If you have a tree that bears fruit in the garden, pick the fruit and place it into clear glass bowls on the tables for a warm, homely touch. Finally, you can use flowers and plants from your own garden in the bride’s bouquet.
Prepare the indoors
If you have elderly or sickly relatives or friends attending the wedding, they might need a quiet place to rest during the night. For this reason, it is a good idea to have one room inside the house that is prepared for them. Choose a lounge room or any room that will have soft, comfortable seating and that is quiet away from the party. This will give them time to re-energise and be able to come back to join the party.
Having a Plan B
Any event that is planned for the great outdoors should have a plan B in place. Do you have shade for you and your guests if the day is hot with the sun blazing? Or what about shelter if it begins to rain? Or worse yet, what if it rains for the entire week leading up to the wedding, leaving the ground soggy and muddy?
These problems can be fixed by hiring large umbrellas, sail clothes or even a portable dancefloor from an events company. The trick is to plan ahead so these things can easily be sourced if needed at the last minute.
Other things to plan for is cool weather – portable heaters and some well placed blankets and wraps will do the trick. And hot weather – fans, sunscreen and insect repellent should be placed around the yard for guests to use at leisure.
If you’re hosting your wedding in a large yard or garden, it is a good idea to give people some direction. Paint some handmade wooden signs to place around the garden that will direct people to the drinks station, the ceremony and the music and dancing.
Social media plays a surprisingly large role in weddings these days. If you don’t want your photos on Facebook before you’ve even finished saying ‘I do’, let your guests know. Either have the celebrant announce it before you arrive, or write it on a sign at the entrance to the wedding.
If you like the idea of having your photos on social media, you should come up with your own unique hashtag for guests to use. That way, when you wake up the next morning you won’t have to spend hours scrolling through social media. Instead, do a search using the hashtag and voila! Instant wedding photos.
The best part about having a garden wedding in your own backyard is that you are completely in control of it all. Want a casual backyard BBQ with close friends? Easy. Prefer to have a fully catered sit-down affair? Not a problem. The choice is yours. And the clean up is easy too – simply hire a skip bin and have it all hauled away for you.