When you think about having an outdoor wedding, or even a backyard celebration, many people envision a low-key, inexpensive and laid back event. I’m here to tell you that it is NOT that easy and choosing to put this event together yourself is quite a bit of work. When you get married at a designated wedding venue, let’s say a banquet hall, they provide you with everything. From tables and chairs, to linens and glassware, and everything in between, you know that each and every one of these items will be provided for you and put in place. If you are choosing to put together a wedding at a non-designated wedding space, there are hundreds (and I’m not exaggerating when I say this) of items that need to be taken care of.
I attended a wedding a few years ago that was hosted at the family cottage, right on the beach. It was a beautiful wedding and everything turned out great. Behind the scenes though, there were so many hassles and stresses that it made having ‘the perfect day’ very hard. Can you imagine having to worry about ensuring that you ordered enough glasses or even enough forks? What about making sure that you have heating or fans, in case of inclement weather? How about a tent or linens or even electricity? When you add all of these elements up, on top of planning the rest of the wedding, it can become quite the stressful event.
When it comes to hosting a wedding in a ‘DIY’ space, it’s important to prioritize and ensure that you are very well organized. Make sure that you are communicating well with your rental company, your venue, your caterer, and (hopefully) your planner. Ensuring that all of these people are on the same page will guarantee a smooth wedding, regardless of the budget and size. Just make sure that you have a realistic budget going into it, because those forks and knives and plates can add up quickly!