One of the hot wedding trends for 2010 is the backyard wedding. While getting married at home is not necessarily cheaper, it does allow for a more personal, intimate ceremony and reception. Intimate weddings allow the bride to enjoy her day and connect with all of the people that are important to both she and her husband to be. There is no worse feeling than having a huge wedding and you can't remember who was there, let alone if you got to spend time with dear Aunt Martha, who traveled all the way from London for your big day.
Some tips to remember when planning an intimate wedding ceremony at home:
- Hire a professional wedding planner or coordinator to assist with those last minute "murphy issues" that will arise. At home weddings are not as easy to pull off as one may think. There are space issues to be considered, and furniture and equipment rentals to be coordinated. Your coordinator can help you stay on budget, because issues can come up that will stress your budget to the max, like canopy rentals, or parking for guests. And, of course, your wedding coordinator will be able to assist you with selecting the best vendors for your budget and wedding style.
- Be realistic about space issues and what is possible at your home. No matter how big you think your backyard is, 300 people in a neighborhood backyard is unrealistic. Be aware of noise and parking restrictions within your area.
- There are no limitations to your style and dress decor. You can use as much imagination as you like. You can be as casual or as formal as you want. Give clues to the style and tone of your wedding through your invitations and decor. You want your guests to be comfortable in their style of dress as well.
- Keep in mind your wedding date and normal weather trends for your area. An outdoor wedding in July - September in the Houston or New Orleans areas is not impossible but you want to be prepared for the humidity, and heat as well as the many tropical storms or hurricanes that can pop up this time of the year. Create a plan to keep yourself as well as your guests comfortable.