Backyard Wedding Pros and Cons

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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. Here's my list of backyard wedding pros and cons to help you make your backyard-or-not decision.

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. Here's my list of backyard wedding pros and cons to help you make your backyard-or-not decision.

Backyard Wedding Pros and Cons
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Pros:

  • Free venue!
  • 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 enroute!
  • 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.

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.

Are you planning a backyard wedding?