How to Host a Backyard Wedding
Updated: Oct 27
COVID has brought back the Backyard Wedding trend and I'm not mad about it.
Backyard weddings are special. With twinkle lights in the sky, fresh air, and bonfires, backyard weddings feel like taking a deep breath. My favorite weddings I've ever produced have been outdoor, backyard-feel weddings.
But they are not easy to plan!
There are tasks that need to be completed and considerations to be made that aren't on your average Pinterest wedding planning checklist. Here is a list of all the preparations for a backyard wedding:
Lit, even level, and trimmed paths (suitable for heels and elderly) that are both to and from parking, bathrooms, catering area, etc.
Trees trimmed for shuttles
Gate wide enough for shuttles
Place where shuttles can idle that is not in the way and is legal
Power/generators/plenty of outlets and power cords that blend with décor but do not create safety hazards
Catering tent, access to power and make sure they have a bathroom with handwashing available.
Even ground for under the dance floor
Ample Parking - for guests and vendors
Permits (sound, alcohol, tent, etc.- this varies by state)
Low water crossing maps
Maps pending GPS does not work well
Clear signage (parking attendants can be helpful)
Proper draining of event space pending rain
Understanding of where the sunset is for photos
Road conditions in case of rain
Pest control: Mosquitos, ants, snakes, varmints
Temperature control: fans, heaters, misters (tents require specific units for safety)
Getting ready and staging locations
Tent installation needs and lighting for when it gets dark