How to Plan Your Dream Backyard Wedding
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Brides and grooms, consider this your permission slip to plan your wedding your way. Although wedding costs are skyrocketing and the average American couple now spends nearly $40,000 on their wedding day, not every couple needs that level of extravagance. Many brides and grooms prefer a simple elopement or a small backyard wedding are much more their style. It’s okay if your dream wedding involves a sweet, intimate ceremony at your family home, surrounded only by your closest loved ones.
Small weddings alleviate many of the pressures of your wedding day, not to mention the unnecessary expenses. You’ll feel more relaxed and authentic with less on your minds that day. You’ll be able to focus on the moment and enjoy spending quality time with the loved ones you invite to your special day.
Does that sound like your idea of a perfect wedding? If so, read on for some tips for how to plan your dream wedding right in your own backyard:
DIY or Leave It to the Pros?
As much as I love Pinterest and Do-It-Yourself ideas, trust me on this one: you do not want to DIY every single thing. While it’s fun to DIY your own bouquet or do your own makeup, there truly are some things that are better left to the professionals/
Some things that you might want to save up money to do it right rather than doing it yourself:
Wedding planning, especially if this is your first marriage. There will inevitably be logistics and details you might otherwise overlook. Hiring a professional wedding planner helps you plan for these things, taking stress off your shoulders during this special time so you can enjoy the beautiful moments of your day without worry.
Although it’s a great idea to DIY some of your wedding decor, those beautiful pergolas and arbors you see on Pinterest were probably created by professionals. Don’t worry; this doesn’t have to eat your entire budget. Most homeowners spend between $1,939 – $5,047 nationally to build an arbor, pergola or trellis. That’s a small price to pay for such an important wedding detail.
Tip: before investing in professionals, talk to your bridesmaids and vendors. Some vendors, such as photographers, may help coordinate your wedding day for an extra fee, saving you money on a wedding planner. If your maid of honor or other bridesmaids have planned a wedding before, whether their own or someone else’s, ask whether they recommend specific vendors or if they’d be willing to assist you with planning your day.
As you start piecing together your dream wedding, consider using Pinterest or a wedding planner journal to stay organized. Ask your friends, family, and coworkers if they have any items they can contribute to your wedding decor. Most people have boxes of twinkle lights sitting in storage so as long as you’re not having a Christmas wedding, you can probably borrow those from loved ones.
Speaking of Christmas, if you can wait to buy your decor a couple days after a big holiday like Christmas or Valentine’s Day, you’ll save money by purchasing products during the post-holiday sales. It’s important to finalize your wedding theme and colors before you go shopping; otherwise, you might end up purchasing products and decorations that you’ll end up not using.
A Practical Wedding
Wedding costs hit an all-time high in the United States recently – but that doesn’t mean you have to contribute to the bigger, more extravagant wedding trend. Remember, your wedding day isn’t about the decor or the flowers. It’s about the two of you vowing to love each other, stay faithful, and spend the rest of your lives together. Your big day doesn’t have to be the most expensive day of your life; it just needs to be a beautiful, memorable start to your happy, healthy marriage. Stay true to yourselves and try to enjoy those little moments because they will fly by before you know it!