How To Prepare For A Backyard Wedding

Nick Durante
by Nick Durante
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Why spend a fortune on a wedding when you can get married at home in front of your close friends and family? Backyard weddings have become quite popular in the past 5 years due to the intimacy and the chance to save money. Understandably, many people wonder how to prepare for a backyard wedding.

Clean your landscape, fertilize your lawn, and mow it twice per week leading up to your backyard wedding. It’s easy to prepare for a backyard wedding if you hire a wedding planner, but you can also contact vendors without help to save money. Keep an eye on the forecast and rent tents with siding in case it rains.

Contact your homeowner insurance provider and an event insurance provider to ensure you have coverage. Follow along as we explore how to prepare for a backyard wedding.


How To Get Your Yard Ready For A Wedding

1. Enrich Your Lawn

Nobody wants to taint their backyard wedding with dull, dead grass. You can avoid this problem altogether if you enrich your lawn to ensure the grass is as green as possible. Carefully walk around your backyard, check for patchy spots, and fill them in with grass seeds.

Next, you must fertilize your lawn to ensure it has enough nutrients to look great for the wedding. Look for a fertilizer that has a great balance of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen. You can also aerate your lawn before you apply fertilizer, and that’s a great idea if you have clay soil.

Mow your lawn up to twice per week for several months before the wedding. Only cut 1/3 of the grass length each time so the blades don’t become too short. This will ensure a strong, vibrant lawn that looks great under the special wedding lights.


2. Clean The Landscape

Everyone may pay attention to the wedding dresses and suits, but they’ll also notice your landscaping. That’s why you must tidy it up as much as possible to prepare for a backyard wedding. Pull weeds consistently for several weeks or months before the wedding.

Depending on the time of year, you can stop weeds from growing with a pre-emergent herbicide during spring. Otherwise, you can simply apply a post-emergent herbicide to kill the weeds. This is also a great chance to tidy up your flower beds and apply fresh mulch.

The fresh mulch will look nice and clean, and it will keep the soil and plants healthy. You may even want to install landscape curbing to highlight your flower beds for the wedding.


3. Talk To Your Neighbors

Backyard weddings can get quite loud, and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, it’s important to make sure you don’t upset your neighbors throughout the process. That’s why you must reach out to your neighbors at least 30-60 days before the wedding.

Let them know about the wedding date, hours, and what to expect. The last thing you want is for them to call the police and file a noise complaint during the wedding.


4. Contact Vendors

It’s hard to pull off a backyard wedding without help. Many people enlist the help of a wedding planner, but you can save money if you directly contact vendors. Contact caterers and beverage vendors and figure out how much food you need.

Don’t reach out to vendors until you know roughly how many people will be at the wedding. You can likely get a great bulk deal on food and drinks from local restaurants and stores. This is also your chance to reach out to party and event supply stores for chairs, tables, canopies, and a dance floor.

Hire a wedding planner if this step is overwhelming because we all know weddings can be hard to plan. Otherwise, create a checklist and work through it one task at a time. Wedding planners can help you stay on budget, so you don’t spend too much money on one vendor.


5. Invest In Insurance

Insurance provides peace of mind, but it comes at a cost. Make sure to set aside some money for event insurance when you budget your wedding. Sure, you likely have homeowner insurance, but that doesn’t mean it covers special events like backyard weddings.

It’s also a great idea to call your homeowner insurance provider to let them know about the wedding. They may request proof of event insurance, and you must provide it.


6. Adapt To Weather

No matter how much you check the forecast before the wedding, the weather can always throw you a curve ball. That’s why you must prepare for rain, storms, and heavy winds. This is a common problem for outdoor weddings during spring and summer.

You can account for these problems if you invest in canopies and pop-up tents to protect guests from rain. Make sure to buy tent siding to protect guests and the wedding party from all angles.


7. Focus On Pest Control

It’s hard to avoid bugs and other pests during a backyard wedding. Luckily, you can prepare for this problem if you use pesticides and pest-deterrents like citronella. Tiki torches, candles, and fire pits can also help keep mosquitoes away from your guests.

It’s a great idea to buy sealable drink containers to keep bugs out of your guests’ drinks. After all, no wedding is complete without some champagne, and bees and mosquitoes love the sweet smell. Spray your backyard with pesticides a few times in the week before the wedding. Make sure to mow the lawn and trim your plants as well to get rid of nesting pests.


8. Decorate On A Budget

The best part of a backyard wedding is that there is no limit when it comes to decoration. Another benefit is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your yard look great for the guests. For example, you can pick floral arrangements from your garden to put on the tables for the reception.

You can also buy affordable flower wedding bowers, or arches, as a bold centerpiece for the ceremony. Otherwise, you can get creative and make a DIY bower out of vines and flowers from your backyard. String lights, lanterns, and candles can also create an ambient mood for the reception.


9. Rent Portable Restrooms

In a perfect world, you could have your wedding guests come inside to use the restroom. Sadly, that’s not realistic as you can’t likely accommodate that many people. Instead, you must rent some portable restrooms to put on the property for your guests.

It costs as little as $450 to rent a small, single portable restroom. That said, you can expect to spend $3,000-$7,000 to rent a big restroom trailer to accommodate many guests. Luckily, ADA-compliant portable restrooms cost an average of $400.


10. Make A Trash Removal Plan

Weddings accumulate plenty of trash, and it can be overwhelming. Ideally, you should set up several trash cans throughout the property. That way, your guests can access the trash cans from any part of your backyard.

Designate a few people to periodically check each of the trash cans throughout the night. It also helps to rent a dumpster to accommodate all the bags of trash. Luckily, you can spend as little as $100 to rent a dumpster for a day.


Summing It Up

Aerate, fertilize and mow your lawn weeks before the event to prepare for a backyard wedding. Regularly pull weeds before the wedding and apply post-emergent herbicides so they don’t grow back. Hire a wedding planner, contact vendors, purchase event insurance, and let your neighbors know about the wedding months in advance.


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Nick Durante
Nick Durante

Nick Durante is a professional writer with a primary focus on home improvement. When he is not writing about home improvement or taking on projects around the house, he likes to read and create art. He is always looking towards the newest trends in home improvement.

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