There are only so many hours in a day and you won’t get any extra just because you are planning a wedding. Therefore, you may find yourself a little stressed out when you are trying to find the perfect vendors. Most couples do not get engaged with a vendor list in hand, so you will be starting at square one.

This is the time to ask friends and family if they have worked with anyone in the past. That is an excellent way to narrow down your options to make choosing a vendor more manageable and less time-consuming.

The Weather

You may think you are planning a backyard wedding at the time of the year when the weather will be nice. However, a nice steady rain, massive thunderstorm, or even a heat wave can be a major disruption on your big day. We recommend being prepared by having everything you will need for any type of weather on your big day. This may include tents, large fans, and even a backup plan if you need to change the location at the last minute.

Outdoor Maintenance

If you are having a backyard wedding, you are going to want to make sure your yard looks gorgeous. The maintenance leading up to your wedding day can be almost as time-consuming as the wedding planning. You may need to plant new flowers, trim trees, plant grass seed, or have sod laid down. And if you don’t have the time to do all this, you may end up hiring a landscaping company to do this work for you. Just remember that hiring this outdoor maintenance out will cost you even more money.

The Space Available in Your Yard

If you are planning to have quite a few people at your backyard wedding, you must make sure you have the space for them all. No one will want to be tripping over each other, while grabbing food, eating, or dancing. If you have a smaller yard, a smaller reception may be your only option.

Extra Houseguests

Having a wedding at your home will have you really close to where you need to be when it is time to walk down the aisle. However, some of your guests may think that since the wedding is at your home, they will get a free place to stay. It is going to be difficult to say no to family and friends. But you must unless you want to play host to quite a few people in the hours before and after your wedding. While you may not mind a few people spending the night before your wedding, you are definitely not going to want them there after you say, “I do”. Unless of course, you are heading out on your honeymoon right after the reception and you trust them in your home.

These are the pros and cons to a backyard wedding. We know you will be on board with all the pros, but it will be the cons that will make you pause and wonder if you are making the right decision. We recommend that you think through all the cons to a backyard wedding carefully. This way you can decide if those things are something you want to deal with amongst all the other wedding planning details.

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