1. Send invitations
Make sure to send out invitations well in advance so that guests have enough time to make arrangements. You will need the names and addresses of your guests, as well as their meal preferences (if applicable).
2. Determine guest list
The size of your guest list will determine the location of your wedding. Make sure to carefully consider who you want to invite, as it can be difficult to accommodate a large number of guests in a backyard setting.
3. Choose a location
Your backyard is the perfect place to host a small, intimate wedding. If you have a large backyard, you may be able to accommodate more guests. If your yard is on the smaller side, consider hosting the ceremony and reception in different locations.
4. Plan the ceremony
The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding, so take the time to plan it carefully. Decide on the format (e.g., religious or secular), as well as the readings and music. You will also need to choose someone to officiate the ceremony.
5. Order food and drinks
Food and drinks are an important part of any wedding celebration. Work with your caterer to come up with a menu that suits your taste and budget. Make sure to order enough food for all of your guests, as well as any additional staff members who may be helping out on the day of the wedding.
6. Select decorations
Decorations can help set the mood for your wedding and add a personal touch. Choose decorations that reflect your style and coordinate with your color scheme. Be sure to take into account the location of your wedding and the weather conditions.
7. Plan the music
The music played at a wedding can set the tone for the entire event. Work with your DJ or bandleader to select a playlist that reflects your tastes. If you have specific songs that you want played, be sure to let them know ahead of time.
8. Prepare for bad weather
Even if you are having a backyard wedding, there is always a chance of bad weather. Make sure to have backup plans in place in case of inclement weather, such as renting tents or using indoor venues as back-ups.
9. Finalize details
Once you have completed all of the steps above, it is time to finalize all of the details pertaining to your wedding day. This includes things like arranging transportation for guests and contacting vendors to confirm their services.