Why there’s nothing quite like a wedding in your own backyard

‘Tis the season for arranging festive parties with family and friends, catching up over eggnog and Christmas cake, and … planning a wedding!?!

It may seem like an odd time to think about a distinctly summertime event, but as any wedding planner would attest, booking a wedding venue typically takes at least a year’s worth of legwork—potentially more, depending on the popularity of the venue—and, even then, there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to secure your dream location. The one way to alleviate that concern is to plan your big day in yours or a family member’s backyard.