I had a backyard wedding and I loved it.
It's a great way to save money and enjoy a more relaxed wedding with your guests.
But… the backyard wedding isn't for everyone.
Backyard Wedding Pros and Cons
Here's my list of backyard wedding pros and cons to help you make your backyard (or not) decision.
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Backyard Wedding Pros:
Can start setting up (and then cleaning up after) whenever is best for you and your wedding timeline.
Very personal and sentimental.
No leaving something behind – it will all be there!
You don't have to worry about transportation to and from the venue.
Most of the people you invite will already know the address for the wedding – no getting lost en route!
You can do whatever you want decor-wise without worrying about paying a fee for putting up hooks or making holes.
A good excuse to do home improvements.
Backyard Wedding Cons:
Everyone you invite will know where you live.
You are completely in charge of cleaning up.
Do you have enough bathrooms? You'll need one for every 50 guests.
You're in charge of EVERYTHING – it can be stressful.
You have to provide (and pay for) everything – tables, chairs, toilet paper, etc.
Guests may not understand that this is a wedding and not a house party. You'll get people asking to crash on your couch or passed out in your bathtub.
Could be difficult to make normal backyard stuff (i.e. basketball hoop, sandbox) pretty and safe for your guests.