A back yard wedding reception can offer a terrific option for saving money on your wedding, while still pulling of a super-elegant event. The pool side reception shown here in the back yard of the bride’s parents, cost a mere $10,000 and was filled with elegance and ambiance. That’s an enormous savings as compared to what it would have cost if the reception were held in a hotel or other reception venue.
However, a back yard wedding is not without its risks, and requires extremely careful consideration and planning. The most risky aspect of a backyard reception is, of course, the weather. Unless you live somewhere like California where the weather tends to be stable, you need a back up plan for what will happen if the weather does not cooperate. And unfortunately, a back up plan can be expensive.
Its usually advisable to have an indoor option available in case it rains, so make sure that the home can properly and comfortably accommodate all those guests if the reception has to be moved indoors at the last minute.
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Some couples rent a tent as back up for an outdoor reception. However, what you need to factor in is the cost of that tent. And a tent needs lighting and flooring (ladies in heals with sink in the grass, so tent flooring is a must), all of which also must be rented. And what about restroom facilities? Will it be practical to have guests using the rest room in the house, or would it be best to rent port-a-potties?
You might be surprised how much all this will cost. It really adds up, and many couples who have planned an outdoor reception to save money have actually ended up paying more in the end than they would have in a reception venue. Just something to think about.
Again, with careful planning and proper consideration given to all factors, a back yard wedding can be a dream, but without a proper back up plan, and careful calculation of all costs, it could also turn into a nightmare. So keep these things in mind when moving forward with your plan for a back yard wedding reception.
Photo from BHG.