Getting married in the comfort of your own home is often touted as the budget wedding option, but in reality, it’s a real luxury that not all brides across the globe have the freedom of choosing. In countries like the UK, couples must get married in a church or licensed venue. Thankfully, that’s not the case in Australia, where you can get married just about anywhere just as long as you have a wedding celebrant on hand to do the honours for you. If you’re considering holding part or all of your big day at home, this post will highlight some of the benefits of doing it on your doorstep along with providing some pointers for the elements you’ll need to plan to help your day run smoothly.
Why host a backyard wedding?
Perhaps the biggest advantage of hosting your wedding in your own backyard is the freedom it affords you. You can choose to hold your whole day there, so you feel right at home and more relaxed from the off. Or, you could get married somewhere else – at a church, on the beach, then head home for a private reception in a venue personalised to your exact requirements. Here are some of the other plus points for bringing your celebration to your backyard.
While many people opt to have a home wedding for different reasons, the potential savings to be made from hosting at your own home or one of a family member are hard to ignore. According to a recent survey found that the average wedding in Australia now costs $51,245 with an incredible $21,250 of that allocated to paying for the wedding venue. This compares to an average cost of £27161 per couple in the UK, which equates to $49,426. While hiring of equipment and doing your own décor will carry some expense, by marrying at home you’re likely to free up a lot of budget to spend on your personal priorities.
Choose the day
Providing you can hire a wedding celebrant and sort your wedding licence, you’re likely to find it easier to host a wedding at home at short notice. As popular wedding venues book up years in advance, you’re likely to have a longer wait unless a cancellation crops up, and at the very least you’ll be restricted to choosing certain dates. You’ll also be free of restrictions on how long you have to dress your venue and tidy up after, which can make for a much more relaxing experience.
Involve loved ones
With the opportunity to personalise different elements of your wedding, you could choose to ask friends and family to gift their time or use their talents to contribute something to your wedding rather than making a gift list. Loved ones are often honoured to be included and asking them for help with everything from flowers and cake making through to setting up and clearing away for the event could save you some stress along with lowering your outgoings too.
Holding your wedding at a designated venue usually means being tied into wedding packages or committing to working with approved suppliers only. You may also feel pressured into doing things a certain way due to what is expected of celebrations held in different types of venues. Doing it yourself gives you the freedom to put your own stamp on things. You can choose which traditional elements of the day you keep and which you ditch and hire suppliers that really get your vision. You might choose to have some elements of your big day such as the centrepieces or favours handmade. Whatever route you head down, remember to take help where you can, doing it yourself can be a lot of fun but it also requires a lot of time, and you don’t want stress spoiling your day.
What you’ll need to plan
There are some wedding essentials you’ll need to factor in wherever you hold your ceremony – things like booking the photographer, sending out invites and deciding what you’ll wear won’t be impacted too much. However, some parts of your day will need a little extra consideration and planning. For example, you’ll need to hire staff, tools and equipment and need to think about providing power for things like speakers, lighting and outdoor refrigeration. With this in mind, a generator Adelaide could prove a smart buy. To help you get organised, use project management tools like Trello or Todoist to make lists, set deadlines and assign tasks to other people who are supporting you, this way you will ensure things aren’t overlooked. Here are some of the elements you’ll likely want to plan, hire or purchase:
- Your wedding celebrant and marriage licence
- Seating and tables
- Catering – whether you DIY or hire in a caterer you may want to hire a few extra fridges
- A dance floor or boards to protect your lawn
- Entertainment for your guests. You may also find you require some extra power to accommodate bands or DJs
- Decorations – do you want an altar? How about centrepieces? How will you be dressing your outdoor space? Don’t forget to consider lighting alongside décor
- Marquee or tent hire – if you’d like to provide some cover where guests can stay out of the sun or retreat in the event of rain, don’t forget to ask if hire is inclusive of putting the tent up and taking it down too
- Wait staff and mixologists – while you could ask friends and family to help out with the distribution of drinks and food, you may find you have room in your budget to hire in some help.
This isn’t an exhaustive list, and you’ll likely find you have things to add based on your personal must-haves for the perfect day. After all, the beauty of backyard weddings is being able to do it your way!
So, what’s the verdict, do you want a backyard wedding? If you have already held the backyard wedding of your dreams, what were the little touches that really made the day for you? Are there any tips you would like to pass on to brides and grooms to be?