Planning a wedding requires a lot of time and energy that most people don’t seem to have in this day’s economy. There are many alternatives to having traditional wedding ceremonies in churches, banquet halls, or hotels. Having a backyard wedding can cut costs by thousands. With the right tools and handiwork, a backyard wedding can be easy to pull off.
If having a backyard wedding seems to fit into one’s planning, there are 5 great ways to make it happen.
Top 5 Backyard Wedding Ideas:
1. The White Tent
Many wedding planners are nervous that fowl weather will have a huge impact on the wedding day. There are simple measures that can be taken to alleviate this stressful fear of a dampened wedding. In the backyard, whether there is stone or grass, durable tents can be purchased or rented that will protect the ceremony and reception. If need be, the tent doors can be opened or removed if the weather improves.
2. Lover’s Pond
A small body of water, like a swimming pool, fountain, or pond, adds a calming and whimsical effect to any occasion. If one’s backyard has a body of water, it should be properly cleaned before the event without strong chemicals, to avoid a harsh smell or unintentional harm to any animals living nearby. Luminaries add a soft touch to bodies of water and also remind guests to watch their step.
3. The Barn
Rather than renting out an expensive hotel ballroom, a countryside barn holds all the charm that the bride and groom will need. Dusting and thorough organizing will need to be maintained for a clean feel, but the natural rustic feel of the barn will result in a low budget for decorations. If electricity is not available, then catering trucks may be needed.
4. Canopy Trees
A backyard full of trees and bushes, can be used to the couples advantage. A plush landscape will only need a little grooming and the proper lighting. Light colored canopies can be draped from trees to create a soft and delicate look. It is necessary to make sure that the canopies do not drape too low, and are also properly secured with the right hardware.
5. Carriage Ride
In one’s own backyard, anything is possible. Why not have a horse and buggy, or better yet, a carriage? Gravel can be placed on the ground if there is none to start with, and a path can be created. There is such a thing as a fairy tale wedding.
These Top 5 Backyard Wedding ideas will be sure to entertain the bride and groom’s guests and be the talk of the town.
Mostly the wedding car disappears after the wedding and very few ever make top billing as far as memories are concerned. But do you think your ride to church was special? Wait till you see what others decided to use.
In an effort to pay homage to her Hill-billy roots, a bride was pushed all the way to church in a wheelbarrow. Sounds like fun, but spare a moment for her legs that got so badly bruised and depleted of all blood as they hung over the front end, that she could hardly walk down the isle. In some countries this wheelbarrow thing is the tradition.
Then there was the rebellious bride that decided to arrive on her Harley followed by the whole town’s motorcycle gang. Nothing strange about this, apart from the fact that she fell down as she drove onto the gravel at church. Her face without a helmet and legs were so badly scraped that she had to go to the emergency room to have some of the smaller stones removed from under her skin.
Out in Sale, a farmer brought his bride to church on his combine. As she was helped up to the cockpit, she was already semi hysterical. Her fear of heights kept her on that machine for way much longer than the priest could stand, so eventually he climbed up as well and did the ceremony right there and then. Eventually she was brought down, a mess of tears and fears.
We think fondly about the groom that arrived at his wedding in a coffin in the back of a hearse. Family members were totally shocked as he was carried in and lifted from his wooden coat. No matter how he tried, his mother simply could not forgive him such an act of blasphemy – especially as the bride came in a Holden sedan.
In some cultures it is customary for the bride to be carried to the church. Some or other contraption with poles usually works well. The bride sits like an Indian princess on top of this. That is if the construction was done with her weight in mind.
Moments after she was lifted into the air and carried through the church doors, our bride fell right through the floor of her air ride. Badly cut and scraped, she got married and left for some treatment. It was impossible to stop the giggles during the ceremony, so the couple simply ignored it.
History tells us of the most elaborate ride to church ever recorded. She was the tsarina of Russia, he was a wimp from Poland. She went by ship to get married to him. Only problem was – there was not water between her and her groom all the way. So a crew travelled with her on the massive ship. Where dry land had to be crossed, they simply got out and laid wooden trunks before the ship whilst others pushed and rolled her along.
As the ship moved forwards, the trunks at the back were lifted and rushed to the front again to ensure the motion never stopped. As Catherine the Great arrived in Poland, she changed her mind about the marriage and rather invited him to travel all the way back to Russia with her – on her luxury ship that did not care for water off course.
If you’re getting married and looking for some help with planning your wedding, check out our upcoming Wedding Expos and Open Houses! See www.bridesclub.com for coupons & details but mark these dates on your calendars!
Tacoma Spring Wedding Expo - March 26th & 27th
Wine & Wedding Experience Open House at the Crowne Plaza - March 30th
Bride’s Night Out at Pearl Ultra Lounge in Hawaii - May 3rd
Hawaii Bridal Expo - July 29th-31st
Seattle Wedding Expo - August 27th & 28th
Space Needle Wine & Wedding Experience - August 31st
Tacoma Wedding Expo - September 10th & 11th
Lynnwood Wedding Expo - September 24th & 25th
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Here’s another DIY project: a suspended glass centerpiece made out of vintage perfume and medicine bottles and manzanita branches.