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Backyard weddings are unique, intimate and empowering, and even if your own backyard isn't suitable that doesn't have to stop you. Thankfully, there are plenty of gorgeous venues with backyards to boot just waiting to play host to your special day.
Yes backyard weddings come with their own set of challenges, and no they are not for everyone, but if you're undecided then here's just 12 reasons why a backyard wedding might be your dream come true:
Having your wedding in your own backyard, or someone else's for that matter, is convenient for both you and your guests. You'll have a comfortable place to get dressed and celebrate with all your maids before saying your I do's, you won't have to worry about arriving late as you'll already be there, and you won't have to stress over stuffing everything into the car (yourself included!) Another plus for everyone invited is a single location for your ceremony and reception which cuts travel time and hassle.
Freedom to Select Any Date
Forget about having to book your venue a year in advance just to guarantee the date you want. By hosting a backyard wedding the power is in your hands and you can select any date that works for you. Additionally, your budget won't be affected by when you choose to host the event - in other words you can have that Saturday wedding after all!
Complete Control of the Space
If you want complete control over your wedding then a backyard affair is the way to go. Most venues will have their own set rules and regulations for the space, leaving little room for going beyond the norms in terms of decoration, layout and scheduling. For creative couples that want to curate the day exactly as you see fit, having your wedding in a backyard will give you the freedom you need.
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Write Your Own Rules
Once you have checked with the town about any permits or ordinances that may be required for the area your hosting your backyard do, you can write your own rules for the entire event. Whether that means hosting your dinner before the ceremony and then saying your vows under the stars, or letting loose with lawn games, you'll have more flexibility to do something outside of the familiar and stray from the accustomed wedding program.
Decorate However You Want
Perhaps you want to hang lanterns in the trees, or maybe you've always dreamed of lighting sparklers come nightfall, if you're a crafty bride (like me) it makes sense to want to host your wedding in a space which allows you to decorate as you see fit. When you're not being restricted by limits you can truly bring your wedding vision to life - no matter how specific the decorations.
More Menu Flexibility
Traditional venues often give you the choice of 2 or 3 dishes for your main course, which may or may not be to your taste. Having a backyard wedding allows you the liberty to think outside the box and open up the menu options and enjoy something much more exciting. From having your favorite food catered by a specialty cook to going potluck style with food prepared by friends and family, you can indulge in whatever food you desire.
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Ability to Work With Small Local Vendors
Many venues only allow you to work with an approved list of vendors which makes life difficult if you've got your heart set on working with smaller, local or organic style vendors. This means you friend who has just started her very own catering company and would love to give you an amazing deal is out the question, especially if she doesn't have a licence. If traditional caterers, florists and bakeries are not your thing, then you may want to think about opting for a backyard wedding where you can work with whoever you want.
Venue At Your Fingertips
Backyard weddings eliminate the need for rushing around trying to get everything in order the day of. With the venue at your fingertips you'll already be settled in with time to spare well before the actual event rolls around. This means you can start prepping as soon as you like as you'll be able to come and go as you please and can experiment with what works and what doesn't in the available space.
You Can DIY Like Crazy
Vintage plates that you've picked up at the thrift store to burlap wedding banners and pompoms hanging from handmade archways, all your awesome DIY wedding ideas can come together and work beautifully in a backyard setting. If you've got a list of DIY projects that you just can't do without then don't try to hold your creative spirit back by choosing a venue that won't compliment your DIY prowess.
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Extra Help From Family & Friends
When you choose to host a backyard wedding you may not have staff to serve you like at a hall, but you will have plenty of friends and family willing to lend a hand and demonstrate their areas of expertise. Whether you need help with the flower arrangements, hanging decorations or the not so fun stuff like cleaning up at the end of the day, you won't be short of people eager to help out in any way they can.
Intimate, cozy, charming: three perfect words to describe backyard weddings. There's just something about being close to home and close to those you hold nearest and dearest that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Even if you don't host the actual wedding in your own backyard, you'll still have a lovely home to retreat to before, during and after the big day.
Outside Weddings Are Beautiful
You don't have to jet off to some exotic location to have a beautiful backdrop for your wedding day. Sure sandy beaches and mountains are nice, but so are the trees and flowers in bloom in your own backyard. Another plus to hosting your wedding outside is letting mother nature take the lead where decorations are concerned, making your job a whole lot less complicated.
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Are you planning a backyard wedding? What are your reasons why?