That’s why nothing tops a backyard wedding. You set the pace, serve the food when you choose, put the dance floor where you want and party until local noise by-laws allow. Most importantly, backyard weddings send a message to guests that this will not be a typical wedding. It’s special, its yours and it’s truly unique.
And it can be more cost-effective than booking a wedding venue, which can ranget anywhere from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the space, booking conditions, site fees and other related costs. Those are savings you can spend in other (decidedly more fun and exciting) areas such as interactive food stations, upgraded catering or bar selections, or entertainment.
That said, backyard weddings aren’t always less expensive. The advantage of planning a wedding at an established venue is that they tend to be equipped to address important details ranging from audio-visual and technical needs, to seating. Do your wedding at home and you’ll need to rent a great deal of equipment including seating, tables, cutlery, tents, lighting, sound and video systems, potentially rent (luxury) portable toilets to accommodate guests depending on the size of the wedding, acquire necessary event permits and address other considerations such as guest parking. And managing logistics for an outdoor event comes with plenty of challenges. You’ll likely need (at least) one generator, the expertise of professionals who can rig a sound and other technical systems, as well as the expertise of a caterer experienced in serving beautiful meals in the great outdoors.
“When planning a backyard wedding, you really need to be selective and choose a caterer who stages outdoor events on a regular basis,” advises Kiss the Cook Catering founder Fia Pagnello. “You need a firm that can operate in settings with little or no catering infrastructure, or else it could be disastrous.”