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Denai
Curious June 2019 Alberta

Backyard Wedding on a Budget

Denai, on January 13, 2018 at 22:23 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 11
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Has anyone had a backyard wedding? We want to keep it small and intimate and not spend tons of money but also want it to be fun and cute and have a good time. We are thinking to bring in a portable dance floor, string some lights and have a camp fire to do speeches around later on. But just hoping that it will turn out to be like I’m picturing in my head.

If you have ever had a backyard wedding, how did it go? Pros and cons? Did you rent a backup hall in case of rain? Any tips? Anything you wish you did differently?

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Latest activity by Maegan, on February 9, 2018 at 16:50
  • Maegan
    Super July 2018 British Columbia
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    It was very simple. They had a tent with lights that the chairs were under for the ceremony.

    And then for the reception they moved the chairs and placed an assortment of tables under the tent for dinner in a U shape.

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  • Christina
    Frequent user August 2023 Ontario
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    Just a suggestion you guys could make a dance floor out of wood. Not sure how hard it could be but finish it with a stain, paint it maybe even add something to it. Hope you figure it out
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  • A
    Newbie June 2018 Ontario
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    I'm having a small wedding too. I'd love to see photos of your MOH's...What was the set up like?

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    Newbie June 2018 Ontario
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    I am doing a small backyard wedding. Approx 25-30 ppl, renting a tent, having the ceremony on our patio, dinner (taco bar!) and then just a party - music, mingling, etc. I'm a bit stuck on what to do about a 'dance floor' as we'll have 3 long tables for dinner...I guess just move them aside...

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  • Denai
    Curious June 2019 Alberta
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    Yeah we thought about fire bans.. didn't think of propane fire pits though, that's a great idea! Smiley smile


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  • Denai
    Curious June 2019 Alberta
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    Will do! I love the look of a tent anyways. Just crossing my fingers a storm doesn't roll by! If only we could control the weather haha.

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  • Denai
    Curious June 2019 Alberta
    Denai ·
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    Thanks for the input everyone!

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  • Erin
    Master September 2017 Ontario
    Erin ·
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    I suggest renting a tent for sure but you can forgo the dance floor as grass is good enough Smiley smile I think it will be lovely and intimate!

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  • Holly
    Expert June 2019 Ontario
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    Definitely rent a tent, just in case! Love the idea of a backyard wedding, but definitely rent something in case of bad weather!
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  • Maegan
    Super July 2018 British Columbia
    Maegan ·
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    We are doing a backayrd wedding Smiley smile but it wont be small... We have a guest list of 180.


    My maid of honour had a small 20 person backyard wedding last summer and it was the cutest wedding ive ever been to.


    Also i love the campfire idea for speeches so much!! We really wanted to have a bonfire at ours but because our wedding is in July our municipality have a fire ban every year at that time so it was a no go. We might try and set up a couple propane fire pits though.

    I think as long as you rent a tent you dont need a backup location.
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  • M
    Expert July 2018 Alberta
    Marina ·
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    Not doing a backyard wedding, but I would probably rent a rent in case it rains Smiley smile
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