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Backyard Weddings planning budgeting menus decor

April 10, 2015 6:26 pmViews: 692

Backyard Weddings are different from indoor affairs.

Backyard Weddings planning budgeting menus decor.

Photography courtesy L’Auberge de Sedona Resort, Sedona, Arizona.

Garden, green and backyard weddings are more popular than ever.

Tips for an outdoor wedding either at a venue or in your backyard.

1. BUDGET. Have an exact budget or specific dollar amount when you meet with your wedding planner. Make a prioritized list of what is necessary to create the way you envision your wedding.

This will help in deciding between calligraphy invitations and live music.

It can be disappointing to make big plans. And then have to cancel them because they are not affordable.

Backyard Weddings planning budgeting menus decor.

Backyard weddings table setup by Lauberge.

2. DATE. Planning the date is extremely important. Have several in mind. Popular wedding months from May to October may limit the choice of dates.

Depending on where you live winter weddings have better value. And they can be spectacular at this time of year.

3. COMFORT. Remember to ensure your guests comfort. Be sure to consider weather conditions on the big day. If hot have ushers offer ice-cold water bottles as guests are seated. Or print your wedding program on a hand-held fan to help keep your guests cool. 

Colorful paper umbrellas shade the sun and add beautiful color as well.

4. BACKUP PLAN. What if it rains? The ideal outdoor wedding location should also have an indoor plan. An outdoor tent is another option for light to moderate rainstorms.

Some couples might have the ceremony outside and reception inside. This is a way to minimize the risk of bad weather.

Backyard Weddings planning budgeting menus decor.

Table setting for backyard weddings.

5. PLAN FOR WIND. Windy conditions can wreak havoc on the event. And outfits, hair and décor. If the location is typically windy avoid fabrics such as chiffon or silk.

Advise your hairstylist that your wedding is outdoors. They can design an appropriate style for you and the bridal party.

While unity ceremonies are important wind can play havoc with the traditional unity candle. Recent ideas include a sand ceremony or water ceremony. Or look for a unity candle whose flame is guaranteed not to go out.

6. DECOR. With natural beauty all around outdoor weddings often use fewer decorations.

Décor to be considered are an arch or trellis. Strings of lights, torches or lanterns in the trees. Small paper lanterns are also called luminarias or farolitas.

A flower petal walkway dense with deep colored rose petals. This creates a dramatic contrast to green grass.

Note: For weddings on grassy areas ensure the sprinkler system is disabled. Guests don’t receive an unwanted shower!

7. FOOD. A reception with food stations with delicious and beautiful options. These are prepared and refreshed on a continual basis. Guests can enjoy the reception without worrying if the food is getting cold. Or that they’ll miss a served food course.

8. BUGS. One way to limit bug disturbances is to use citronella candles. Place them around the border of the event disguised with red rocks or other natural elements.

Backyard Weddings planning ceremony and reception.

Backyard weddings ceremony and reception planning.

9. SUNLIGHT. Couples who consider timing their outdoor wedding to a beautiful sunset should ensure that chairs are oriented away from the sun. This way the sun won’t shine directly in the eyes of their guests during the ceremony.

10. ATTIRE. If hot weather is in the forecast wear light fabrics. To avoid unnecessary overheating or perspiration. Brides wearing trains should consider the ground they will be walking on to avoid grass and dirt.

An aisle runner can be helpful in avoiding stains.

Consult a makeup professional for makeup that won’t cake, streak or shine. You will want your makeup to hold up well for photographs and throughout the event.

Tips and photos courtesy Wedding Planner at L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona. Visit

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