Due to the spread of COVID-19, many couples have had to put their weddings on hold. Even as businesses begin to open back up, many wedding venues and catering companies remain closed. Some couples have rescheduled their big day as a result sending out change the date wedding cards, while others have devised increasingly creative ways to carry out their nuptials while still being mindful of social distancing orders. In an effort to maintain the grandeur of their big day, many couples are opting to get hitched at home. Backyard weddings have become increasingly popular and allow the happy couple to carry out their original wedding plans on a slightly smaller scale. Hosting a wedding in your backyard makes it easier to limit the number of guests and the contact with outside contaminants. If you’re looking for a sweet and simple way to get hitched, use this guide for how to have the perfect backyard wedding.
Keep it simple
The best tip for how to have the perfect backyard wedding is to keep things simple. You can still make your backyard wedding beautiful and special without decking the place out with lavish ice sculptures and an inordinate number of flowers. Because you’re hosting the wedding at home, you will likely need to take the planning and decorating into your own hands. Keeping things simple will limit the stress you feel when decorating for the big day.
Meals should be kept simple as well. Rather than creating a multi-tier cake that will only wilt in the heat, opt for a fun and colorful candy bar. This will treat your guests’ sweet tooth without the added hassle of serving and cleaning up individual plates. As an added bonus, any sweets that are left over at the end of the party can go home with your guests as a party favor.
Include family and friends
Try to keep your backyard wedding on the smaller side. Not only will this limit the potential for germs to spread, but it will also reduce your overall planning stress. Try to keep your guest list under 25 people. The smaller the gathering, the better when it comes to limiting the spread of COVID-19.
Because your wedding party will be smaller, you can also spend more one-on-one time with each of your guests. Close family and friends may even be willing to help with the wedding planning and preparations. Consider making your wedding a potluck to make the party even more personal.
Make the most of your space
Depending on the size of your backyard, you may have limited space. Use the area to the best of your ability and don’t be afraid to move the party indoors if needed. Consider placing a large tent in your backyard to add a bit more structure to the space and allow guests to freely move between the backyard and the home’s interior at their leisure. Be sure to let your neighbors know about the party beforehand, as well. With any luck, they may allow you to use a bit of their backyard as well.