Are you thinking about hosting your wedding or reception in your back garden or outdoor area? If so, you’ll be following in my footsteps and I have some top tips for you.
- The Plan Is Paramount
Opting for a garden wedding is not only a more personal option but it a much more cost effect one if you’re looking to save some money. As good as the idea is in the first place, you need to consider a few things. To name a few, Is your garden bit enough to hold the event? Do you have a lot of guests? Will it be catered or are you having a buffet? It worthwhile sitting down with your planner and accessing how much space you’ll need and that you have available before you make a decision.
With the benefit of it being in your garden so it is accessible 24 7, prep ahead of time. If you have at least 8 weeks’ time, you should be ready to prep the backyard. If you’re hosting a backyard wedding in the summer, great! Nature can take care of most of your décor costs—although you’re going to have to help it along. Plant your gardens this year with your event design and layout in mind. It will be difficult, though, to get your gardening in order without knowing where everything will go.
- The Tent Treatment
The best decision I made, rent a tent. This keep you covered if the weather isn’t on your side and it gives you some shelter from constant sun, which is much needed if you’re all sitting down to eat. It also gives you that bit of added privacy and creates a focal point for your celebration.
- Light It Up
For me, back garden events are only complete with lighting. What can be a dull setting can be magically rejuvenated with some tea and fairy lights. light up this space with as many (or as few) beautiful strands of lights as you could possible want—and you can begin the stringing as early as you need to since no one else is renting your event space. We suggest stringing lights throughout the ceiling of the tent and wrapping them around trees. Consider hanging or placing even more lights, Chinese lanterns and candles on chairs, tables, trees and other natural shrubbery. Wedding lighting is worth the upgrade almost every time.
- Seating and Tables
A big part of the day, not only do you need enough to cater for everyone but you also need to be cost effective and create space for people to socialise and relax in. There are two parts to this, the first is the reception part where you need more formal seating. For this, look to hire tables and chairs from local companies such as Desser as you of course won’t be able to nip down to your local store to get 20 odd tables! The second, which comes into play more with the night or party time is creating areas that groups can gather in. Having outdoor wicker furniture sets for friends and family to group and drink and talk is a wonderful way of keeping people together. By spreading out furniture placements, creating little areas, it also promotes quiet spaces for guest couples to have a romantic moment in themselves!
- Make It Personal
No wedding is a wedding without making it your own. Having it in your own garden makes it an ideal way to take personalisation to the next level. Add some intimate details around the place. Maybe try hanging polaroids from trees, add photo bunting, create message stations for your loved ones to write personal messages or even create a special space that showcases how you met and how it all came to be. Remember it’s your space so it’s in your hands to make it as romantic and personal as you’d like.