I’d like to give you 5 tips for having a wedding—right in your backyard.
There’s no question…you may not have planned a backyard wedding since you were 5 years old playing princess…but here we are. If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress levels, reduce financial trauma, and reduce headaches, this could be the way to go.
In the wake of the global pandemic, many couples decided to shift gears. Haven’t you seen the trends? Nuptials in the barn. Ceremonies in the flower garden. Tying the knot under the Redwood trees.
Slash The Stress
The beautiful thing about having a wedding in your backyard is you don’t have to stress about finding the perfect venue. You already have it. You also don’t have to talk with wedding planners. You can make a list yourself. Further, you won’t need to arrange for limousine travel—because you’re already home.
If you’re thinking about making this a reality, here are 5 top tips to have your day be a dream come true.
Deal With Disappointment
If you’ve been dreaming of a lavish, opulent venue, you may feel grumpy or disappointed. Many brides have had to conquer these feelings of a let-down as COVID-19 threw us all a curveball.
In talking with brides and brides-to-be, I’m hearing a common theme. Love Prevails. Don’t let disappointment spoil your day.
Life is filled with changes and unexpected events. Certainly, this last year highlighted that we need to be agile and flexible to master these changes. Since your love is equally agile, now is the time to be truthful about your disappointment. Once you share your sadness or grief, you’re free to move forward and enjoy your day.
Save The Date
With so many plans changing, sending out save the date cards is a smart way to stay in touch. You’ll be able to alert guests, family members, and friends so they can make safe travel plans.
As the date gets closer, it’s a good idea to confirm by email, phone, or zoom. With so many ongoing changes affecting travel plans, you may be able to assist out-of-town guests with finding safe accommodations.
Open Air Is Smart
Whether you have a big garden or a small one, holding your wedding in the open air is a great way to keep things as low-risk as possible.
Many couples are providing masks as part of the fun items in their guest packets. It’s a way to line up your ceremony with color, design, and a nod to ‘nothing will stop us.’
Livestream Virtual Weddings
If you have friends and family who are not able to attend in person, you can still include them. Whether you consider yourself to be tech-savvy or not, you can use Livestream to invite unlimited guests to your wedding.
You don’t have to worry about apps, downloads, or log-ins. Just imagine, even Aunt Elsie can join in the festivities—from her living room. That’s a great way to share the ceremony of a lifetime.
Finding Your Way
This time has affected couples in different ways. Some people have opted to elope. Others have chosen to postpone the date, and wait for a time when people can attend the wedding without health anxiety. Still, others have transformed their entire wedding into a virtual event.
If you’re thinking about a backyard wedding, you can rest assured that people will appreciate your care and concern for their safety. By having the event outside, you can curb the impact of social contact.
A wedding is a personal and unique event. It’s often said that this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. It’s when most people want to be surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones. If you’re curious about how to make this day the most special one—consider holding your wedding in your backyard.
With careful planning, attention to health and safety, and a dose of creativity—you can make this day a day to remember. Most importantly, it’s your time. Don’t let COVID throw a damper on your ceremony. By taking this to heart, you’re starting your marriage with a passion for taking everything in stride.