Making the Most of a Backyard Wedding

Making the Most of a Backyard Wedding

 

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A backyard wedding can be one of the most special kinds of weddings. While many people choose a backyard wedding because it saves the expense of a high-priced venue, having a wedding in your backyard allows you to welcome your friends and family to an intimate and personal setting.

With a little thought and planning, a backyard wedding can be transformed from an ordinary setting to one that is extraordinary and exceptional.

Planning Your Backyard Space

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Start by evaluating whether your backyard is big enough to accommodate as many guests as you are hoping to have. Do you want to have both the ceremony and the reception in your yard? If you are having both, you will need to plan space to set up chairs, an altar and a dance floor as well as a place to set up the food that is catered.

Decide on a Theme for Your Wedding

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There are many possible themes for your wedding, and choosing a theme can help you plan the décor. Do you want the feel of the day to be vintage, country or whimsical? Do you prefer a more casual, dressed down feeling? Furniture, decorations and flowers can be planned based on a single color, or you can plan around the season of the wedding.

Plan to Rent a Tent

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No matter how much you think you can count on the weather, you can’t. A tent will make guests more comfortable, no matter what the weather brings. It will keep everyone dry if it rains, and it will provide some protection from intense sun and wind. You can hang lights or flowers from a tent for additional decorating opportunities.

Rent a Dance Floor

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Your female guests are likely to be wearing heels, and if you have dancing in your backyard without a dance floor, heels are likely to sink into the ground. A rented dance floor gives you an area that is flat and smooth and will be more comfortable for both you and your guests.

Creating a Personalized Experience

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By having your wedding in your backyard, you have the opportunity to create a day that is very personal and intimate. Since this is your own space and no other couples are going to be using it, you will have plenty of time to make it your own. Hang lights or hanging plants ahead of time. Put up a variety of pictures from baby pictures to engagement pictures.

 

A wedding is always a day to remember, and a backyard wedding can be set up to be uniquely yours. It’s an extraordinary experience that you can’t have anywhere else.

 

Contact Gervais Party & Tent Rentals today and start planning your backyard wedding!

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Best Backyard Party Tricks to Liven Up Your Party

Nothing says summer like a great backyard party, but if you want your get-together to be the talk of the town, then there are many tips and tricks you can use to liven up the party. From the right lighting to the right food, every element matters when you’re planning the backyard party of the century, and here are a few things you’ll want to think about when planning your gathering.

 

Choose the Right Lighting

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Lighting is a crucial element that you’ll have to consider for your party because not only will it help to set the mood, but it’s also important for safety. There are many options you can go with here, including more traditional strand or flood lighting, or more creative choices like tiki torches, candles, or even a fire pit.

 

Assemble Your Snacks Wisely

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A backyard party is a perfect opportunity to let your culinary skills shine, and there’s a lot of fun to be had over at the snack table for your get-together. Although you could stick with the classics (think chips, sandwiches, and barbecued foods), you can also get creative with your gastronomic creations. Here are a few ideas:

 

  • Rent a machine for making adult beverages like margaritas or family-friendly slushies
  • Go with edible arrangements (with dip, of course) made from fruits and vegetables
  • Get an ice sculpture
  • Assemble-your-own kebab station
  • Build-your-own taco fixings
  • Pass around fancy hors-d’oeuvres

 

Bring Out the Games

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Everybody knows how much fun a good game a Jenga or Scrabble can be, but what about having massive life-sized versions of these games for some backyard fun? There are many fun and engaging games you can incorporate into your party, and they don’t all have to be supersized for your guests to enjoy themselves.

 

Take Your Backyard Party to the Next Level with the Right Furniture and Décor

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One of the main obstacles people often face with backyard parties is finding enough furniture to accommodate all the guests. However, it’s important for people to have somewhere to sit and relax when they need to take a break from the festivities, and there are ways you can get creative with this. For example, if you want a rustic party, consider using large logs as seating. Or, for a more traditional feel, you can rent furniture to ensure you have enough seats and tables for all your needs. Another excellent option for a unique party idea is to bring your formal dining set outside and use it in a more rustic way outdoors.

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Décor is another critical consideration, and if you don’t have a particular theme for the party, then you may still want to pick decorations that will tie in the different elements of the gathering. That could include things like balloons, streamers, bunting, floral arrangements, mason jar décor, special plates and napkins, fancy tablecloths, and much more.

 

 

There are a lot of things you’ll need to think about when planning an unforgettable backyard party, and this includes things like décor, furnishings, lighting, food, and even entertainment. It takes a great deal of thought and planning to put together an event that your party guests will talk about for many years to come, but these ideas will get you well on your way to planning the perfect party.

 

 

Outdoor vs. Indoor Weddings: Which Option is Better for You?

Choosing the location of your wedding is one of the biggest and most important first decisions you’ll have to make in the early planning stages. And one of the first issues you’ll have to address is whether you want the wedding to take place inside or outside, and this can be a tough decision. If you don’t already have a dream venue picked out and are trying to decide where to host your wedding, here’s what you need to know about having an outdoor vs indoor wedding.

Winner for Weather Conditions: Indoor

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One of the main advantages that an indoor wedding has over an outdoor one is that the weather doesn’t matter. It could be perfectly sunny or raining up a storm, and it wouldn’t matter: your wedding plans wouldn’t be affected in the slightest. Moreover, that also means you can hold your wedding whenever you want, including in the dead of winter or the unbearable heat of the summer months. With an outdoor wedding, on the other hand, you’re at the mercy of the forecast, and you’ll want to have a contingency plan in place in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Winner for Space: Outdoor

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One of the great things about outdoor spaces is that you don’t have to worry about square footage, and that means you can invite as many people as you want and you won’t have to worry about being cramped or not having enough room for everything you want to do. Indoor venues always have a maximum capacity, and that means you may have to cut people from your list.

Winner for Cost: Both

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Indoor and outdoor weddings sometimes have different but comparable costs associated with them. With an indoor wedding you’ll have to pay for the venue, for instance, but with an outdoor wedding, you’ll need to pay for supplies like chairs, tables, lighting, and other furniture, accessories, and maybe even a tent. With both types, however, you’ll need to pay for food, decorations, flowers, and other standard wedding costs.

Winner for Environmental Controls: Indoor

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Like with the weather, there are many environmental factors that you can’t control during an outdoor wedding, and that includes things like the temperature, bugs, noise from other people, and more. None of these is an issue during indoor weddings because they are protected, climate controlled, and private.

Winner for Scenery: Outdoor

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Any indoor wedding venue can be beautiful and personalized, but there’s something about getting married in a garden, meadow, park, or other outdoor space that can’t be beaten. No amount of décor or lighting could compete with a sunset wedding on a white sand beach, a morning ceremony on the dewy grass, an evening reception under the stars, and the other incredible elements of natural beauty that are present at outdoor weddings.

 

Indoor and outdoor weddings both have their pros and cons, and what it really comes down to is the type of person you are and the kind of wedding you want. It’s important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each, but ultimately the decision will come down to the look, feel, ambiance, and style you want for your special day.

 

 

 

Creative Wedding Cake Ideas

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Choosing the right cake is one of the most delicious aspects of planning a wedding, but you can also add your own personal and creative flair to the endeavour by opting for a unique idea. There are plenty of options for you if you want to get creative with wedding cakes and desserts, and today we’re going to give you some great ideas to get started.

 

Spruce Up Your Cake with Real Flowers

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Traditional wedding cakes are often adorned with pretty frosting flowers, but you can try a new twist on this and replace the frosting flowers with real edible ones. Edible flowers come in all colours and appearances, so you’re sure to find an appetizing bouquet that will perfectly complement the look and taste of your cake.

 

Opt for Multiple Cakes

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Ever been to a wedding and been really excited for the cake only to realize that it was your least favourite flavour, or that you couldn’t eat it because of a dietary restriction? A great way to avoid this issue is to provide multiple smaller cakes instead of a single large one, and that way you can place a cake at each table and provide your guests with more options when it comes to variety.

 

Pick a Non-Traditional Shape

 

There’s no rule saying that wedding cakes have to come in the traditional round or square tiered shape, and there are plenty of ways you can add a uniqueness to your cake by playing around with the shape. Here are just a few of the cake possibilities:

  • Tall cylinders
  • Triangle tiers
  • Hexagon tiers
  • Specific objects, such as a flower-shaped cake
  • Tiers that are offset or slanted

 

Replace the Cake with Another Sweet Treat

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Go for a big twist, and maybe your wedding cake doesn’t actually have to be cake. There are tons of other desserts you can serve at your wedding. For example, if you and your honey-to-be love breakfast, why not try a cake-shaped stack of freshly made crepes? Other ideas you can use include stacks or tiers of brownies, macarons, doughnuts, pies, truffles, or even your favourite cookies.

 

Go for a Creative Frosting

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The frosting is an excellent way to set your cake apart from everybody else’s because this decorative element can be used in so many fun and different ways. For example, instead of having plain white frosting, you could bring nature inside and frost your cake to look like birch bark. This look is trendy and gives a romantic, natural feeling. There are also different colours you can try, such as black or metallic frosting, or you can even forgo the frosting altogether and replace it with an edible print.

 

Let Them Eat Cupcakes

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Cakes come in endless shapes and sizes, and there’s nothing to say you have to serve your cake in a traditional way. For instance, you could have tiers of cake pops instead of the traditional wedding cake, serve individually sized cakes, or even opt for cupcakes instead.

 

Cakes are like the icing on your wedding, and there’s no better way to finish your celebrations and reward your guests for being part of your special day. But if you want to make your cake a little more creative than the average wedding dessert, there are many ways you can add a unique flair to your special confection.

 

Benefits of Renting Your Wedding Dress

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Shopping for the right dress is one of the most exciting parts of a bride’s wedding journey, but this task can also be fraught with stress, budgetary issues, and other problems. One great alternative that can help alleviate many of these stresses is opting to rent a wedding dress instead of buying one, and today we’re going to discuss the many advantages of this option.

You’ll Save a Great Deal of Money

The average wedding dress costs about $1,500, but if you want something very fancy and very specific, then you could easily spend upwards of $10,000 on a dress that you’ll probably only wear once. When you rent a wedding dress, on the other hand, the cost could be as low as $200 (though this can typically go as high as $2,000), so there’s a potential for significant cost-savings through renting, meaning you’ll have more money in your budget to allocate to other wedding plans.

Rentals Give You Access to a Wider Range of Options

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Although wedding dress rentals may not be the most traditional option, grooms have been renting tuxedos for their special day for decades, and they’ve learned a little secret in that time: garment rentals give you a great deal of freedom in terms of style, material, and other design options. For instance, a groom may fall in love with a specific designer suit or a classic vintage style, but may not have the budget to purchase it, whereas rentals make these high-end or unique ensembles accessible to everybody. The same is true with wedding dresses, where renting could mean the difference between you having the dress of your dreams versus having to settle for something that’s less-than-perfect.

No Need to Worry About Storing the Dress

One of the things about a wedding dress is that even though it’s a wear-it-once-in-a-lifetime garment, most people still want to hold on to them for sentimental reasons. This attachment, however, entails having to properly store and maintain your dress for years to come, even if you never plan to put it on again. With a rental, all you have to do is return the dress when you’re done with it, and you typically won’t even have to worry about cleaning the dress before you take it back.

You Can Also Rent All the Accessories Needed to Complement Your Look

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Anybody who has ever planned a wedding outfit knows that the dress is only one part of the equation, and there are also other accessories to think about as well. Many dress rentals also come with accessory rentals as well, including things like:

  • Shoes
  • Jewellery
  • Veil
  • Sash
  • Bows
  • Gloves
  • Purse
  • Headdresses

Renting a wedding dress as opposed to buying one can eliminate many of the stresses often associated with this part of wedding planning. One of the chief benefits of a wedding dress rental is that it can save you thousands of dollars while also allowing you to wear the dress of your dreams on your special day. Beyond that, dress rentals also give you a broader selection to choose from, can provide you with all the accessories you need to look perfect on your big day, and you’ll never have to worry about adequately storing the dress in the future.