I have been apart of my fair share of backyard weddings. You know when Mom & Dad pop a tent up in your childhood home’s backyard and you throw a big party! It really is a great set up because you have that ‘at home’ feeling, you can control everything within the ‘venue’ and on the plus side it probably ages your mom and dad about 20 years!! Haha.. but for real. Having a backyard wedding is no joke. There is SO much to think about. Chris & Tori’s Wedding in Mount Forest really opened my eyes on ALL the things that you really have to remember to either rent or organize when you are having that backyard wedding. If you attended this wedding though.. you would of thought it was in a perfect wedding venue. The whole thing went off without a hitch.. and did I mention it was for about 250 people!! It was one for the books!! I can’t wait to show you all pictures of the tent and how Tori turned it into her magical fairytale wedding dream!!
First off. The things I learned about having a backyard wedding involving a big ole tent. Let me just list some of the ‘other’ things you have to rent or think about other then just the big ole tent:
-The usuals: Tent, tables, chairs, bar, dance floor, linens, glassware, plates, silverware etc
-Electrical: A whole other electrical panel will most likely be needed (you know those 10 strands of edision lights you want to hang up? The twinkle lights for the bar? The fan for the heat? The DJ set up? The microphones? These alll need electrical and i’m guessing your Parents house has only so many outlets and extension cords…
-Heaters/Fans: If you take away one thing from this blog post its this: Rent. A. Heater. For. Your. Wedding. you will not only use it in the morning (yes the morning) to get rid of ALL the condensation on your glasses, silverware, forks, tent (yes.. look up in the morning and see the waterfall of condensation running and dripping everywhere) and any other decor you set out the night before. I could not believe how I never knew this.. but it worked its magic within an hour or so while I was setting up some more pieces. It was also a huge plus to have because it got down to about 11 degrees that night! Even though the dance floor kept things warm.. it was nice to have the option to throw that heater on to take the crisp out of the air!
-Tents/Area for Caterers: Luckily they had a nice concrete floor garage, but if you don’t have another building on site, you’ll need a tent and even more electrical perhaps for your caterers to set up!
-Cooler/Bar Fridge: Obviously this is always top of mind. We need to keep the beer cold! Renting a large cube cooler van is the way to go. It can back up right to the bar corner of the tent (on the outside) and be there all weekend long. This in my opinion is a must vs having a crap ton of ice ordered. Obviously having some ice on hand is key for drinks, but renting a big cooler like this for al your product is the way to go.
-Flattop Cooking Propane Stove: This was probably the best idea all day. They decided to rent a flattop stove that was fuelled by propane to use as their day-before hamburger making set up for the set up crew, the late night homemade grilled cheese bar (yes you can make a lot of grilled cheeses on that thing!) and a breakfast hub for the morning after gift opening! How brilliant is that? We all love that late night snack after a couple hours of drinking and dancing, but we never really factor in that cost. Lets say for 250 guests they want to have about 180-200 pizzas at roughly $20 a pizza. Ya.. do the math!! Crazy right!! Or rent this flattop, stock up on bread and cheese from Costco, take half day to prep the sandwiches then throw in that beer cooler (again, how ideal is this cooler van…) and hire your uncles friend to cook the grilled cheeses when the clock strikes midnight!! Set out some bottles of ketchup.. plates and napkins.. and ta da!! A very budget friendly late night snack that everyone will LOVE. You’re welcome!!
I was lucky enough to be a guest at this wedding as well as be the sign, calligraphy, stationery, set up gal that gave me all this extra experience and tips. Also let me know take some real time pictures of my work! So I invite you to take a peek at this BEAUTIFUL wedding. I know.. those florals.. when The Bride’s mom is a florist it really pays off on your wedding day!! Enjoy!!
Sending all the love to Chris & Tori and the whole Zeinstra & Johnson crew. It was such a fun weekend! I wish you both all the love & happiness as you start this new chapter in your relationship!! Brandon & I love you guys!!
Yours in Painting,