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The Best Way To Have A Chicago Backyard Wedding

Updated: Apr 6

So many couples are opting to have backyard nuptials these days – and not just because of the pandemic! Backyard weddings allow you to create a memorable experience with a smaller budget, and you can spend the money you saved from skipping the ballroom on personalized details.


First things first, start with the logistics.


Depending on what time of year you'd like to have your outdoor wedding, you'll need to decide if a tent/covered area will be necessary. If so, you'll need to make sure you source your lighting and items like heat lamps from reputable licensed and trained vendors in fire safety.


Similarly, you'll need to determine where you can source power from – this is especially important for your wedding band! Sometimes, an extension cord may be enough – but it's more likely you'll need a generator, too.


Get ready to get your hands dirty.


Whether you do it yourself or hire landscapers – it's always a good idea to clear your yard of any dead plants, fallen branches, or other random debris that found its way to your home. It'll be much easier to envision your backyard wedding once you have a clean slate.


Have fun with the food and beverages!


There are so many fun ways to jazz up a backyard wedding with food trucks, ice cream carts, makeshift bars, and more. There are no rules to backyard weddings – so cater in the food that you love most. Who says you can't have tacos AND Thai food at the same wedding??


Be neighborly.


This is especially important if you plan on hiring a band or DJ to get the party dancing at your event. Make sure to give your neighbors as much of a heads up as you can before your big day, along with details on when the wedding will start and end. This way, they're not surprised by the noise – and won't try to get your party shut down.

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