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    non-traditional outdoor wedding ideas?

    lately, my bf and i are talking about how we would like to be married. we want a small intimate event of only 30 people and have been discussing getting married in our backyard. we have a large private and green backyard but it is like a black canvas.

    have any of you attended or planned an outdoor wedding?? i have, but at resorts or places created for such events. a wedding in my backyard is going to take some imagination. have any good ideas? crafty ways to add your own personality (we're pretty non-traditional). brides magazines are great for a few small ideas, but i don't have that kind of budget. i'm thinking late afternoon/early eve. ceremony with the reception to follow in the eve. hours during the late summer or early fall.

    i'd love to hear some crafty suggestions! thanks :)

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    Actually, one of THE best weddings I have ever gone to was my uncles.
    It was in his backyard. He asked his family if they would cook for it in lui of gifts, IF they were comfortable with that.
    The bride wore a black short dress, was pregnant, and was wearing flip flops. My uncle wore a nice hawaiian shirt. They had a woman preacher who was thier friend perfom the cereamony, and my cousin was thier ring bearer. Thier cake was bought and picked out by my uncles twin brother and my uncles son.
    I should mention that my uncle and his wife are of the surfer lifestyle, so it really fit.
    It was basically set up potluck style. Big table of food, you stand in line, get what you want, and go. Then they cut the cake later on.

    It was very informal, but it fit thier personalities perfectly. Very nontraditional but that made it cool. It was the best wedding ever because you could tell that they really really loved one another and were super excited to be getting married, and were very happy to have all of us there with them to share that special moment in their lives.

    Basically, they got enough folding chairs to accomidate everyone. At one end of the yard, in front of the chairs, was an awning arch thing. They put flowers on it, and that's where they were married at. There was one section of chairs, the "aisle" and then another section of chairs. The front chairs had ribbons tied on and were reserved for immediate family/best friends. At the back behind the chairs, where the aisle started was the table with the cake on it. Next to that was a cooler of sodas, and next to that were two huge tables of food.
    So after the ceramony, the chairs were where we sat and ate and socialized.
    They had bbq tri tip, garlic bread, potato salad, salad, veggie trays, cookies, brownies and all kinds of stuff because everyone brought different things. Then there was the wedding cake. It was very simple but everyone got plenty of food.

    I dunno if that helped out any, but seriously. I think backyard weddings can be some of the nicest ever.

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    We had our reception in our backyard and it was a blast. Here are some things we did to make it reflect us (like you we're casual and not into the 'traditional' wedding stuff)
    -We rented a jukebox and filled it with our own cds. Just got a huge extention cord and wrote a letter to the neighbors as a heads up about the noise.
    -We had a small budget but spend most of it on catering. It was worth it. The took care of a tent, chairs and not to mention lovely food.
    -We set up a canvas on an easel with paint pens and asked everyone to write and or draw us something. My graffiti artist brother sprayed a cool sunburst background first. We don't have the craftiest of friends but what we do have is a great memory of our day and our friends. It's now hanging in our son's playroom.

    I can talk about my wedding all day, who can't??? But that's all that's coming to mind for now.
    Good luck with yours and have fun.
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    I've had the pleasure of doing the music for many outdoor/backyard weddings. I prefer homegrown weddings over big fancy hotel venue weddings.

    The advice and ideas you've received so far are fantastic. It might also help to pick a theme. I'm not saying that to be cheesy, but rather if you come up with a theme (even if it just a color scheme), it will be easier to narrow down details like decor and food.

    Examples i've seen:

    Luau wedding
    Beach Wedding (similar to luau, but more east coast and no hawaiian motifs)

    Fairy wedding (bride and bridesmaids had wings, guests were given ribbon wands to hold over the aisle as bride walked down)

    4th of July (flag buntings, livesaver rocket favors, sparklers, white picket fence altar)

    Fall theme (pumpkins scooped out for floral centerpieces, apple candles, cider)

    Halloween

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    I've seen many backyards/frontyards and interiors turned into something magical just with the way the fabric was draped and lights were set up behind the draped fabric.

    I personally think those white wooden chairs you can rent are worth the investment. I just did a wedding in Asheville, NC and we set up 100 of those on a hillside of the groom's parents' property. It was cheaper to set them up ourselves than have the rental company do them. We also picked them from the rental store instead of delivery.

    I've seen weddings where they used metal chairs outside. BAD IDEA IF IT IS HOT OUTSIDE! hehe Plus they look institutional.

    Have a backup plan if the weather turns crappy. I know this is hard to think about and I always hate bringing it up with my brides, but the weather has a mind of it's own. I've seen many brides stress out because they didn't have a backup plan or because they really waited until the last minute to make a decision and a plan. My bride for tomorrow has had an openmind about the possibility she will have to take it inside and has a plan already in place if that needs to happen. She's supposed to get married in a park, but if the weather is going to be 90+ or any chance of rain, she is taking it inside the art center. I'm supposed to know today and based on what i've heard on the news, it doesn't look good now for outside.

    Music - I *heart* the jukebox idea! You can also rent a small system (Fender Passport or Peavey Escort are good ones that are portable, sound good and won't piss off neighbors) and hook up your iPod or laptop with playlists. Of course, friends or relatives who play guitar or whatever are awesome, too. It really depends on what your tastes are and if you expect to dance or just toe tap.

    I could talk about weddings all day, too! I've been doing them for 10 years!

    BTW, congratulations. :)

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    Go barefoot! Encourage your guests to dress casual, too.
    The prettiest wedding I ever went to was at the beach at sunset. The wedding party was barefoot and dressed in loose, colorful clothes. When the ceremony was over, the guests blew bubbles as the couple walked to the picnic area. BBQ and Sangria. We strung up some outdoor lights and stayed for hours.
    Don't spend all your budget on photographer and flowers---spend it on something you can enjoy with your guests.

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    These all sound lovely!

    Tomorrow is my best friend's 6th anniversary! Their wedding was at dusk on a Friday night. It was in a Rose Garden amphitheatre. They had the white chairs and archway thing, etc, as mentioned. We handed out little miniature bottles of bubbles when we greeted the guests. When the bride and groom walked down the aisle afterwards, all the guests blew bubbles at them. It was cute.

    (The funniest thing - she got the big jaeger stain out of her white satin dress just in time to walk down the aisle! A cop on a bike was just riding by. We stopped him and asked for his water bottle!)

    I was also very heavily pregnant at the time (no shots for me!) and my first wee girl was born just 3-1/2 weeks later.

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    weddings of love

    like you, my now-husband and i were not particularly keen on a traditional wedding, but also didn't have access to homes/yards large enough to accomodate our huge family and group of friends. so, we found ways to compromise and ended up having a gorgeous day! we rented a hall located in a local historic home (relatively cheaply priced) and we did have a caterer, but the rest was mainly provided by friends so it was far more personalized.

    a friend of ours took the pictures and developed them for $200 - they were candid, informal, and very well done. one of our good friends dj-ed from his iBook and we just borrowed a p.a. from a musician family member (my family loved the music - 60's soul, prince, latin music). we chose a hall where we could purchase the booze ourselves and my husband was able to get kegs of good beer through a pizza parlor for whom he formerly worked (at first it was going to be at cost, but then they just gave him the kegs as a gift!). some of our best friends created our invitations (they were insane gorgeous) as a wedding gift.

    the event was classy, warm and low key. many of my aunts and uncles, who've only been to the traditional obnoxious deejay, routine weddings couldn't say enough about how "different" our wedding was.

    my advice: utilize your resources! call on friends. our friends jumped at the chance to participate!

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    My wedding was outdoors but it was very traditional. BUT, before we settled on the plantation we ultimately used I had this idea of having the thing in the rose garden of a large park in downtown Austin. I didn't want to rent the chairs, I wanted to make HUGE pillows for people to sit on, and have a very casual, relaxed kind of picnic-type event.

    I ended up with the most traditional wedding you could imagine, but I still love the idea of all those pillows. I'm still holding on to that idea for a party some day.

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    The great thing about an outdoor wedding is that you save so much money on flowers and decorations :) My wedding was outside and we just had some potted plants at the end of the aisle.

    One of my friends had a very small wedding, like what you are shooting for, and one of the neat things they did was the bridesmaids' bouquets doubled as the centerpieces. Before the ceremony they were in vases on the tables, during the ceremony they held them, and then they put them back for the rest of the night. They also just bought some cases of wine and keg for an informal bar. They did splurg on food though, being big foodies :) Another couple we know just made a couple mix cd's a played them on a borrowed speaker system rather than pay a dj.

    Since you are trying for something nontraditional and small, just try and think of it as planning a party, not a wedding, then you won't get bogged down in what brides are "supposed to do" and what traditional weddings "must" have (like wedding favors - first thing to drop if you are saving money, people are there to see your happy day, not get a bookmark!)

    Some people don't like the idea, but with a wedding that small you could even do a potluck so save on food expenses. Maybe provide a few big things and ask close friend to bring certain dishes (maybe your favorites and request a recipe card as well ;)

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    I had a 'Zen' wedding, outside in a Japanese Garden/ Ceremonal Tea house, in the park near my house.

    Everyone was barefoot (per rules of the garden/tea house) including our pastor and us. We have lots of cute feet pic's.

    We had our reception at a restaurant though, can't help you there, but we carried the theme through to choosing an Asian Pacific restaurant, and gave fortune cookies as our favors. The restaurant is actually a boat, so we had our cocktail hour on the top deck. It was a great day.

    Don't fret, just enjoy the planning and the day! It all goes by so fast. :)

    Good luck and Congratulations!


 
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