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Tips For Planning A Backyard Wedding

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Backyard weddings have become insanely popular over the years. They’re flexible, intimate, and you can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. But they can also be a logistical nightmare. You might want to ask yourself - where will your guests park? Can your restrooms handle all of your guests? (probably not) Where will your catering team prep? These are just some questions to ask yourself before you decide to plan a backyard wedding. With professional wedding vendors, we can execute your visions, work out the logistics, and turn your residence into a beautiful wedding venue. After all, there’s no place like home! 


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Why have a backyard wedding?


Budget - One of the biggest reasons couples decide to host a wedding at their residence is to save money and depending on the complexity of your wedding dreams this is doable. However if your vision is a sailcloth tent, vinyl dance floor, farmhouse tables, cross back chairs, etc. realistically this is not typical but if you’re more of the relaxed couple looking for an intimate gathering under the stars, saving money can be done. 


Flexibility - Freedom to choose your own date, freedom to choose to include pets, freedom to choose your own vendors, freedom to choose everything is probably the best perk when hosting your wedding on your property. 


Design - You’re starting from scratch with a beautiful blank canvas. You have the ability to build exactly what you want. Color of chairs, kind of tables, arbor, dancefloor, etc. You have the ability to take your vision and bring it to life. 


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Things you might not have thought of - 


Restrooms - Are you okay with your guests entering your home to use the restroom? Personally, that makes me nervous with so much foot traffic in the home. I would recommend renting portable restrooms. Don’t worry, they have nicer facilities than port-o-potties. 


Plan B - While we all hope for perfect weather on our wedding day, it’s important to have a rain plan in case Texas decides to be.. Well, you know, Texas! This will also help you mentally prepare if bad weather were to arise on your wedding, but it will also help guests and vendors stay safe and dry. 


Neighbors - Give them a heads up that you’ll be hosting so they don’t file a complaint. This will also allow them to plan ahead or make appropriate arrangements. Fill them in on details such as what time the wedding starts and ends, where your guests will park, etc. Consideration will go a long way.


Lighting & Generators - It is unlikely that your outdoor outlets can suffice your vendors equipment and appliances. Consider bringing in a generator to avoid blowing a fuse and chances are your home does not have enough lighting for your event. Cafe lights, pin spots, and chandeliers are also great ways to illuminate your event as well as set the tone for an intimate gathering. 


Insurance - Wedding insurance is a must for any private event but for a private residence it can protect you financially if someone gets hurt or damages your home. 


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Lastly, hire a wedding planner - We understand and manage all of the necessary logistics that come with planning. We have the wedding planner “eye”, meaning we might see something that would not work on your wedding day and can suggest an alternate option. We also create a detailed timeline and layout as well as communicate with your vendors to ensure everything is cohesive and runs smoothly. Contact The Perfect Day for more information and professional help creating your backyard event!

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