Whether you are looking for a sentimental location for your big day or you’re wanting to keep costs down, a backyard wedding is the ideal solution and they are currently rising in popularity amongst Australian couples. Barlens is the trusted choice for wedding supplies and party hire in the Goulburn area, and we have been lucky to be a part of quite a few nuptials held in backyards. So here’s our helpful guide for hosting beautiful backyard wedding that is sure to stun and rival even those held at the hottest venues.
Plan for Rain
No matter the time of year you are getting married, always plan for rain. Every bride dreams of having a beautiful sunny day, but unfortunately mother nature is one element we just cannot control. For many outdoor at-home nuptials, this means hiring a marquee. And even if the weather turns out just perfect, a tent doubles as a great shade space and if you install a clear roof, come nightfall you will have a magical and intimate starry space for guests to drink and dance the night away.
Hire Your Wedding Supplies
A traditional venue usually comes with all the essentials you wouldn’t normally think about such as tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware, serving platters and more. Don’t spend precious planning hours searching all over the country for pretty plates and fashionable flutes – hire all of your equipment from a company who specialises in wedding supplies. Not only will you be able to rent everything you need from the one place, it’s much more cost-effective than buying everything and they will deliver, set up and pack up for you for a small fee. From bespoke furniture to stylish decorative pieces, you can select everything you need to ensure your event is picture perfect.
It may seem obvious, but don’t leave it to the last minute to spruce up your yard – it’s going to be on show for all to see so start preparing at least a few months out. Whether it’s getting the lawn just right or planting pretty perennials, a few little garden preparations will make your backyard shine on the big day and ensure your photos are absolutely magical.
Don’t Forget the Necessities - Amenities, Parking and Bathrooms
If your wedding is small, your existing bathroom should be fine. However, for more than 20 people you should consider hiring portable toilets, while these may not seem pleasant, you can actually hire very sophisticated portable bathroom trailers. Not only will this stop guests queueing for loos, it will prevent people from loitering in your home and asking where the bathroom is all night. When it comes to parking, consider if there is ample space on your property or in nearby streets. If not, you may need to find a nearby parking lot you can use, such as a school, where guests can leave their cars. Alternatively, you can organise a shuttle bus service from a central location with a big car park.
Finally, if you have any differently-abled guests attending, consider their requirements such as ramps, hand rails or additional seating.
Choose the Finest Food and Wine You Can Afford
Food and beverages can make or break an event, and nothing is worse than guests going hungry or without a cool drink. The informal setting of a backyard means you can really have fun with your food choices – grazing tables, food trucks and gourmet barbeques are all fabulous ways to fill tummies and the bonus is guests can go back for more if they are still hungry. If you’re opt for more formal catering, ensure they know what cooking facilities are available for them to use. For drinks, you could hire a bar tender or set up a self-serve bar area. Whichever catering style you choose ensure you have more than enough of everything!
Consider the Comfort of Guests
Backyard weddings are perfect for creating a cosy and comforting ambience, however guests will soon be uncomfortable if they are too hot, too cold, have nowhere to sit or are annoyed by flies and mosquitoes. Renting gas heaters or lighting fire pits can help keep guests warm on a cool evening, while portable fans that spray a light mist of water will cool guests down on a scorching summer day. Citronella candles, sunscreen stations, a bucket of flip-flops for those guests who want to kick off their heels – it’s the little details which will keep your loved ones talking about your wedding for years to come.
If you are after an effortlessly elegant wedding which has a laid-back vibe, a backyard bash is for you! To make it amazing, start your planning and preparation early and seek the advice from expert event vendors and suppliers. The team at Barlens is here to help bring your backyard wedding to life. For the wedding supplies and party hire essentials Goulburn locals trust, get in touch with us today.