Tend to the lawn
My guess is that you don’t want to walk down an aisle of overgrown grass and weeds. Am I right? In that case, you’ll want to make sure your lawn is in tip top shape before the big day. You could talk to a landscaper about reseeding, planting and sodding or you could choose to do everything on your own. Get your old sneakers on and get to mowing the lawn! Just make sure you don’t mow it too far in advance so that it all grows back by the time the big day rolls around.
Have an alternative space
Just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst, you’ll want to make sure you have an alternative space in which all the guests can fit. The Knot suggested having six to ten square feet of floor space per guest for row seating.
Acknowledge the uneven ground
Because you’re having your nuptials out in your backyard, the ground is likely to be a little uneven. Talk to the companies you’re renting tables, chairs, etc. from and ask if they need to put down a foundation to keep things stable. After all, you don’t want that tiered cake falling over! (or your guests, for that matter).
Take advantage of the natural decor
The best part of having a wedding right in your backyard is the natural scenery that comes along with it. Remember, less is more. If you have plenty of beautiful trees and flora everywhere, that may be all you need to spruce up the space! You could opt to coordinate the same flowers all over the wedding space – both indoor and out.
Have proper lighting
Keep in mind that as your reception progresses, your backyard is going to get dark and unfortunately, one porch light probably isn’t going to cut it. Get creative and hang strings of lights all over the space or put some candles in mason jars and place them sparingly across your backyard and/or wedding space. A little dim lighting is perfect for setting a romantic mood.
Do you have any other tips for holding a wedding ceremony/reception right in your backyard? Share your thoughts with us!