Backyard Bliss: How to Plan a Wedding in Your Backyard

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Summer calls for backyards, cocktails and wedding season. Every Chicagoan understands the importance of taking full advantage of a warm summer night. We count down the days to pack away our parkas and enjoy that summer breeze in the backyard. We feel so lucky we have spent so many Chicago summer nights in our bride and groom’s backyard putting on a true “Father of the Bride” wedding. For brides considering their home or lake house for a summer Chicago wedding feeling defeated by the task-here are a few quick tips from Big City Bride, Chicago’s favorite wedding planner.

  1.  You are building your venue, so make sure your measurements are accurate: The size of your tent must fit more than just your guests. Your tent will also house a dance floor, bars and possible lounge furniture so it should be spacious enough for servers to move around without bumping into guests. This is the biggest piece of your puzzle and you will be working and reworking layout until final week. 
  2. BathroomsThe number one question we are asked on wedding day by guests is “Where’s the bathroom?” Trailer bathrooms are available for rent and these should be placed in an easily visible and accessible area. If for some reason the bathrooms must be staged down the driveway, around the house, behind the tent etc. add signage pointing this out!!! Trust us. It’s worth it. 
  3. Take advantage of your space: Work with your wedding planner and design team to take full advantage of your land. Do you have outdoor furniture already living in your yard? Use it! Maybe you have a swing that could be used as extra seating for cocktail hour. Ask your florist to add some arrangements to make it apart of the scene. Maybe your screened in porch could be the Dessert Lounge.
  4. ParkingYou want your day to be accessible for your guests. With a home wedding many guests may prefer to drive. For this, we suggest using a Valet Company. Don’t rely on street parking to work out. If your home is close to a public beach there are many parking restrictions and you don’t want to make any of your neighbors upset by a guest blocking in a car, etc. Hiring a trusted vendor to take care without problems. 
  5. Don’t panic during setupAs a wedding planner we never want our couple to see their fairytale wedding vision half complete, but with a wedding on home property this often happens. You are going to see vendors loading in, you will see your gorgeous centerpieces packed in boxes and your tables without linens. DO NOT WORRY. Everything will be ready and perfect for your day.

  

Photo Credit: Edenhurst Studio

Photo Credit: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography 

  

Photo Credit: Allori Photography 

Photo Credit: Allori Photography

Photo Credit: Riverbend Studio

  

Photo Credit: Riverbend Studio

Building a venue and working at a couple’s home is a thrilling challenge for our team of Chicago wedding planners. We love the detail, design and uniqueness of these celebrations! If you have any questions or need assistance – give us a call! We would love to help build your dream wedding.