How To Throw A Backyard Wedding Without Using A Wedding Planner


If you want your wedding to be a more personalized experience for you and your spouse-to-be as well as for your family and friends, you may be considering having a backyard wedding. After all, everyone will feel more comfortable and at home if they're in familiar surroundings, and as an added benefit, you'll save on the cost of renting a reception venue. Casual backyard weddings can be great, but even they need a little structure in order to make them shine. Following are three easy ways to pull together a backyard wedding. 

Pick a Dreamy Theme

Because backyard weddings are generally summertime affairs, the chosen theme should reflect the airy romance of the season. You can't miss with choosing a Midsummer Night's Dream theme -- all you need to do is have plenty of wildflower arrangements along with fairy lights strung in the trees. If you live in an area where the weather permits backyard weddings in autumn, you can quickly put together decorations depicting a harvest theme. If spring comes early in your part of the country, consider making a medieval primrose path by creating a carpet of flower petals leading to a flower-strewn altar where you'll exchange vows with your beloved.</p>

Line Up a Local Band

Live music gives backyard weddings the special touch any festive occasion requires. The best way to pick a local band is to ask friends and family for recommendations. Individual bands may also provide you with a sample CD of their music or invite you to stop by a rehearsal so that you can get an idea of how they sound. However, it's probably a good idea to choose from among local bands that have experience playing at weddings.

Even though you and your fiance may both love the band that plays on weekends at your local pub, they may not be the right fit for a backyard wedding. You should start looking for a band about six months before the wedding date so that you have enough time to select the one that best suits your individual needs and preferences. Contact a band like Van Wagenen Band for more help.

Hire a Caterer

The casual nature of a backyard wedding lends itself well to potlucks, but consider hiring a caterer instead so that guests won't have to prepare food prior to attending your wedding. A catering company will transport the food from their commercial kitchen as well as be in charge of beverage service. As an added benefit, they will also clean up after the party is over.


27 December 2017

Music Makes the World a Happier Place

Ever since I was a young child, I have loved singing. While I never became a professional singer, I sing in a local chorus and I love putting on shows. However, I also enjoy listening to music and when someone asks me what my favorite music genre is, I tell them "all of them!" However, I especially love seasonal music and am always eager to turn on holiday music as soon as the weather begins getting cooler in the fall. I recently decided that more people need to embrace music, because it has healing qualities and really makes the world a happier place. I decided to create a blog to share my favorite new music finds, tips for singers, and many other music-related tips on! Come back often for a little music education and a lot of fun!