How to Organize a Backyard Wedding Reception
Around here, we think think that elopements and intimate weddings are just the greatest way to get married. But are often asked, “what about the party?”
Enter “But the Party,” a blog series where I break down ways to celebrate your marriage with those who didn’t get to see you say I do.
In this post I review all of the things that you'll need to consider when throwing a backyard bash, whether you have it at your home, a relative's, or a really nice friend's. You will also find links to local Atlanta vendors, as well as some DIY tips, tricks, and a recipe for a refreshing batch cocktail perfect for summer.
You can use the party as an excuse to finally repave your patio or install those flower beds you’ve been wanting. Also, what better place to start your marriage where you have already made a home?
Prepping the space
rake the leaves
cut the grass
pull the weeds
cut back the bushes
trim low tree branches
If you’re anything like my wife (ask her about our Friendsgiving table), aesthetics are pretty important, even for a normal party. So even though the tables & chairs aren’t really that important, I want to give you options that will look good on the ‘gram.
Save | Rent folding tables & cover with these DIY dip-dyed drop cloths
Splurge | Rent farmhouse tables
Save | Borrow chairs from friends/family for an on-trend mismatched look
Splurge | Rent tolix chairs
Good food is the cornerstone of a good party. Here's some options to fit all sorts of budgets.
potluck-style | $
Maybe you can't really afford to feed 60 people, that's why you didn't have a wedding, duh. So opt for a potluck-style party. You could even make it a fun by having a chili cook off.
bbq | $$-$$$
You could either have a cookout or get a caterer, but barbecue is great food for a crowd.
food trucks | $$$-$$$$
Some of the best food I have ever eaten has been out of a truck & many will cater parties. There are quite a few options to choose from, but why not have pizza from a brick oven truck?
Don't be a garbage human -- buy biodegradable/compostable tableware.
Batch cocktails are your friend.
If you happen to enjoy gin -- it's floral and perfect for warm weather -- try this gin punch.
K.I.S.S: Keep it simple, stupid. After all, it's only a party.
throw up some string lights
light a shit ton of candles if you're feelin' swanky
fill bud vases with farmers' market flowers
Rent a speaker & curate a dope playlist. Or just put on your fav. Pandora station, but be sure to sign up for the ad-free trial first.
Take to the streets
If you are active in your neighborhood, why not make it a block party? Set up one long table down the middle of the street. Double-check that that’s legal or whatever.
Celebrate your marriage
maybe you recite your vows again
maybe you premiere your wedding video
Whatever you decide, it would be nice to give your guests a glimpse of what your wedding day was like.
Consider the weather
Put a deposit on a tent. Just do it. It's insurance. You don’t have to actually use it, but you’ll want it in case it starts looking like rain.
set up a projector to show Robin Hood for the kiddos (or, like, cool adults) because that twilight proposal scene is #goals
bypass the farmers' market & load up your bud vases with flowers from your garden
hire a house cleaner. People will have to go into your house to use the bathroom, so treat yo’ self to a professional cleaner a day or two beforehand