An outdoor affair.

The summer is a great time to have an outdoor wedding. At first thought, it may seem that a home or backyard wedding will cost less than most venue rentals. In some cases, that may be true, but here are some extra expenses you'll have to consider.

  • Extra tables
  • Extra chairs
  • Plates, glassware, flatware
  • Table linens
  • Portable restrooms- you don't want to destroy the home plumbing by overuse on the big day
  • A dance floor
  • A generator-for the musicians and or DJ equipment, extra lighting, etc.
  • Speakers-unless your DJ will supply these
  • Lighting
  • Microphones
  • Tent-your Plan B in case Mother Nature decides to play a trick.
  • Permit-check your local laws for gatherings of more than 100 people
  • Parking space-consider having your guests transported in from a larger parking lot
  • A dumpster-if the guest count is large enough

    • If you want to throw your soiree in a public place, you may need permits for the following:
      • Beaches
      • State park land
      • Private or public gardens
      • Estates
      • Alcoholic beverages on public grounds
      • Fire use (candles, torches, etc)
      • Fireworks
      • Exemptions from local noise violation laws
      Although there can be a lot more planning involved in an outdoor affair, it may be worth it in order to have a personal home wedding or a fun, off-beat locale. Look for amazing backdrops like mountain cliffs, a gorgeous city skyline or beneath an old, large tree. Just don't forget the bug repellent!





      [arbutus photography]

      [Julie Harris Photography]


      LPC said...

      Love the wedding with the aspen trunks at the ceremony...

      Hannah Noel said...

      Beautiful photos!

      Did I miss anything?

      I love to post inspired ideas and photos from other blogs and the web. I try my best to give credit where it's due, but if I miss something, please let me know. And, if you want something taken down, I can do that. No problemo.