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The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Perfect Backyard Wedding

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. You’ve found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you’re going to make that official in front of all your family and friends. It is a celebration of love and a ceremony like no other. Today, we mostly see extravagant and fairytale-like weddings that should make it to the cover of many famous magazines.

Not everyone wants something so glamorous, though, and that’s completely fine. You can throw a perfect backyard wedding with the people most important to you and have an amazing time without all the bells and whistles, too. There’s no rule on how to throw the perfect wedding, as it all depends on the bride and the groom.

So, if you want a small yet romantic ceremony in the house where you fell in love, or simply feel more comfortable in, follow these tips. They’ll tell you everything you need to know about backyard weddings.

1. Insurance

No matter how fun this idea might be, you have to think about everything that could go wrong. There’s a very real chance that the number of people attending the wedding is going to do some damage to your backyard. Someone could trip and destroy something, someone could have too much to drink, and some things can naturally go wrong.

You still have to live there after your wedding so it’s best to get your home and backyard insured. This way, you won’t have to worry about anything going wrong as you’ll know it’s easily fixable. The insurance might be an extra expense but it will definitely be worth it as you’ll have peace of mind throughout the whole day.

Nothing will necessarily go wrong, but why should you take the chance when you don’t have to? If you’re worried about your budget, just think of how much you’re already saving by choosing to throw your wedding in the backyard and not renting out a venue. This should be enough to convince you that insurance is a necessity, and not something negotiable. At the end of the day, you’ll feel happy you made that decision.

2. Clean-up

It’s easy to get caught up in planning the wedding and forget about the clean-up. Even though this is the last thing you want to worry about when you’re trying to enjoy your special day, you won’t be able to enjoy anything when you realize there’s a huge mess to take care of. When you’re throwing your wedding somewhere else, clean-up is easy as the venue usually takes care of it.

It’s a good idea to find a cleaning company so that you and your SO can enjoy your first days together as a married couple without having to clean and worry about the backyard. The cleaning company might even be more thorough when cleaning, as they won’t try to just get it over with.

If you don’t feel like spending money, you can delegate tasks with your SO and clean up all by yourself. One other idea is to ask this out of some of your guests. Instead of getting you a wedding gift, they can perform this service. That way, they save money, you save money, and your backyard is clean without you having to lift a finger.

3. The neighbours

One thing you can’t forget about in this whole ordeal is the neighbours. Of course, you’re going to love having your special day in your backyard, but they might not. They can understand that this is your big day, but they have lives as well. Being loud and having a party is not something a lot of neighbourhoods will just tolerate, especially if you don’t give them any notice.

The best thing to do would be to invite your neighbours to the wedding, but this isn’t imperative. Not everyone has good relationships with their neighbours and not everyone has to. On the other hand, you might just want an intimate gathering with your friends and family. Whatever your reason may be, you don’t have to explain your feelings to anyone.

The most important thing is to stay fair and treat your neighbours correctly through this ordeal. If you have a social media group for the neighbourhood, tell them about the wedding. You can also do this by going door to door or putting up signs. If you’re feeling generous, you can always make something for your neighbours (like cookies) and pass them out. This way, you’re bound to get better responses and your neighbours will feel better about not being invited to the wedding.

4. Don’t forget the photobooth

Even though hiring a photographer is your go-to idea, maybe you could do something different. Photobooths are just perfect for backyard weddings as they fit into the retro and rustic themes more. As well as that, they go with the more private ambience you’re trying to create, as photo booths are usually associated with family and friends.

Having an awesome wedding photobooth also gives your guests very unique pictures that they get to carry home with them. You could hire a photographer as well as having the photo booth, but your guests are probably going to love the booth idea more. After all, when was the last time they were at a quaint wedding with a photo booth instead of a photographer?

On top of all of this, a photobooth is also much cheaper. If you’re throwing a wedding on a small budget, you’re going to benefit from a photobooth greatly. So, you’ll be giving your guests unique photos, an awesome experience that goes well with the theme of the wedding, and you’ll be doing it all for a much cheaper price.

5. Outside catering

Food is an essential part of the ceremony as you’re very well aware. Finding a trusted catering company is even more important now than it is for indoor weddings. People who choose special venues usually get the option of food that the venue provides. You have to go tasting by yourself and figure out the perfect food for your outdoor wedding.

You need to make sure that the food you want for your wedding can withstand the temperatures outside. Nothing will ruin your wedding more than not having proper fairytale-like. If you’re not sure whether you should have a buffet or something else, just remember that this is a backyard, not a restaurant.

Opting for a buffet is much more convenient and gives your guests a variety of choice. As far as the cake is concerned, make sure that it’s stored in a cool place and that it can withstand the outdoors. One idea is to have your cake delivered at the moment you want to eat it. This way, it will be safe and sound at the caterers and you won’t have to worry about anything getting ruined.


As you can see, a backyard wedding can be just as romantic as the extravagant weddings you see everywhere. All you need is some creativity and originality. Your guests are bound to be impressed with the effort you’ve put into making your special day stand out from all the rest. This backyard wedding is a representation of who you are as a couple and a very strong testimony of your love. Regardless of how well your guests know you, they’re bound to be able to recognize and appreciate that fact. After all, they’re there to celebrate love and that’s exactly what they’ll do.