How much does it cost to do a backyard wedding?


Erick Addison   |   Member since 2018  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

A simple ceremony and reception in a private backyard, on private land owned by family or friends of the bride and groom or in a public park can start at $500-$2,500 (possibly with a "pot-luck" reception menu for the least expensive weddings ) but can cost $5,000-$10,000 or more, depending on what is included.

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Deborah Corbett   |   Member since 2010  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Also to know is, is it cheaper to have a backyard wedding?

Couples often think that backyard weddings are cheaper than traditional wedding venues but forget to factor in equipment rental costs. According to Sarah from The I Do List, “While you won't pay anything to reserve the backyard, you will have to pay to reserve tables, chair, linens, and everything else that you need.

Similarly, what is a good budget for a wedding? The average U.S. wedding costs $44, 000 for 167 guests, according to the 2018 Brides American Wedding Study. Nearly 27 percent of couples cover the entire expense themselves, while about one third of them pay for at least part of it. But here's the kicker: Almost half of the couples go over budget.


Josh Ellwood   |   Member since 2007  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Keeping this in consideration, how do I convert my backyard to my wedding?

Elegant Backyard Wedding Ideas

  1. Plan it. Backyard weddings are a great way to save money on the venue space, although you must remember that you'll need to consider many things before you can commit to this idea.
  2. Prep it.
  3. Theme it.
  4. Tent it.
  5. Dance floor it.
  6. Light it up.
  7. Rent it.
  8. Personalize it.

Joseph Harrington   |   Member since 2013  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What is the average cost of a small wedding?

The average wedding costs $30, 000. That's incredible but understandable when you start adding up all the "standard" wedding costs.


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How can I decorate my backyard?

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How do I save for a house and wedding?

Here are a few financial planning tips so you and your partner can strategically save for the wedding and home you both have always dreamed of:Choose a Priority. Set a Budget. Factor in Personal Finances. Open Savings Accounts. Adjust Your Timeline. Hold Yourself Accountable.


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What do you need at a wedding?

You're on a rollChoose bridal party attire and accessories. Reserve ceremony and reception venues. Book officiant. Hire photographer, videographer, caterer, DJ/band, florist, and planner. Mail your Save the Dates. Purchase wedding dress, veil and undergarments. Establish a fitness routine.


Fred Gaynor   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

How much does it cost to have a tent wedding?

Basic tent structure cost: $500 for your smallest tent (like the one you might use for your caterers) up to $5, 000+ depending on size, type, etc. Flooring: Tent flooring can run anywhere between $1-$2.50 a sq. foot., so estimate between $300-$2, 000+ depending on the type (plastic, wood, etc.)


Enoch Edwards   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How do you plan a wedding on a small budget in 6 months?

Here's exactly how to plan a wedding in six months, with the tasks for each month laid out for you.1 Month. Pack Your Bags for the Honeymoon. 2 Months. Party. 3 Months. Do Your Menu and Cake Tastings. 4 Months. Hire the Rest of Your Vendors. 5 Months. Figure out Your Guest List. 6 Months. Determine Your Budget. First things first.


Sarah Parker   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

How do you end a wedding?

Grand Exit. The grand exit is one of the most classic ways to end your reception, and for good reason. Surprise Fireworks Display. If you want to take your reception end to the next level, a fireworks display is the way to go! Last Dance. Performance by the Bride & Groom. Late Night Snack Delivery. After-Party at a Bar.


Alan Oakley   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

How do I plan a backyard wedding checklist?

The Ultimate Backyard Wedding ChecklistBe realistic about your guest list size. First things first, how many guests are you expecting to invite to your backyard wedding? Rent the right stuff. Feed and water your guests. Make it a party. Get permits in place. Ensure that you're insured. Make sure there is somewhere to park. Okay your officiant.


Barry Shaw   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

What do you do at a small wedding reception?

15 Swoon-worthy Small Wedding IdeasKeep it tight. Ditch the giant bridal party in favor of just a couple siblings or BFFs. Opt for standing room only. Have everyone stand for a short-but-sweet ceremony. Surround yourself with love. Get cozy. Dine family style. Open up the mic. Hire a food truck. Go all out.


Molly Nanton   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

Do you need a permit for a backyard wedding?

Permits and Ordinances for Your Backyard Wedding. Before holding an event at home, you may be required to get a permit for your tent – and possibly more. These can vary from region to region, so check your local ordinances and make sure all of your bases are covered.


Tyson Edley   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

How can I get a cheap reception?

Here are affordable wedding reception and food ideas:Choose a favorite family-owned restaurant. Opt for a food truck or two. Ask for help with food instead of gifts. Make it a cash bar. Skip the hard liquor. Explore affordable dessert options. Keep the reception short. Go for a buffet service.


Cedrick Funnell   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

How much does a do it yourself wedding cost?

For weddings of about 100-150 guests you can make a 3-4 tier cake to feed everyone for around $150, but including all the test batches to pick out your favorite recipe and / or a practice run to avoid any last minutes surprises it's probably going to cost all in all with ingredients and stand an estimated $250.


Tom Stewart   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

What do you serve at a backyard wedding?

Menu Suggestions for a Backyard WeddingSouthern Dinner. From cornbread to ribs, soul food is a great way to serve a BBQ style dinner without having to stick to hot dogs and hamburgers. Mediterranean Feast. Serve antipasto platters of meats, cheeses, and olives. State Fair. English Countryside. Salmon Bake.


Jasmine Neal   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Are tent weddings cheaper?

It's expensive and not at all necessary, especially if you opt for a pole tent. If you really have to have a liner, be forewarned, they can cost up to three times the cost of the tent! And if you want a colored liner, well, you'll be paying even more. (Hint: you can do the same with lighting for a lot less.)


Doug Waterson   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

How do I keep my wedding guest list small?

6 Ways to Stick to a Small Guest List (Even If You Come From a Big Family)Only Invite the A-Listers. Throw Expectations Out the Window. Set Boundaries Early. Consider a Destination Wedding. Limit Children and Plus-Ones. Ensure No One's Feelings Are Hurt.


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