As a DJ of more than 25 years, I’ve seen and worked ALL kinds of weddings and various events. Many brides and grooms think that planning a wedding under a tent in their backyard is romantic and cost effective. I am here to explain all of the factors to consider before you plan your outdoor wedding… and this goes way beyond just the hoping and praying for fair weather.
First, let’s start with the weather. Especially in the state of Michigan, the weather is the most unpredictable element that you will encounter. If you plan a wedding in May, you risk a cold and damp day… If you plan for June or July, you run the risk of sweltering heat… Plan too late in the season, and the humidity or mild temps can ruin your day.
Always have a plan B ready. If your ceremony is planned for outdoors and under the sun, be wary of available shade for your elderly guests. If it rains, be ready to quickly move the event under the tent. Be ready for anything… Michigan weather is always very unpredictable.
Second, what about access to the backyard for vendors and your disabled guests? Please consider the accessibility for those that you hire and for those that are physically challenged. Be sure there is a pathway, free of too many obstacles.
Third, be sure to hire a caterer that will bring more than enough food. One of the most embarrassing moments of a backyard event is running out of baked chicken or mostaccioli. Suggestion: In case the weather is really hot and muggy, be sure to have “lighter” fare available… Salads, fruit, veggies, etc.
Fourth, who’s tending bar? Make sure that you hire competent bartenders to serve your guests. If you’re just having a friend of the family help out, please make sure that he or she is committed to acting as the bartender and not one of your drunken guests, for the evening.
Finally, and you’d be surprised how often I see this, make sure you have enough trash receptacles for cups, dishes and plastic-ware for proper disposal. Assign one of your “helpers” to assist with trash duty. Make sure they are emptying the garbage often to lower the chances of flies and bees ruining your guest’s meal.
So before you decide to “save money” on a backyard wedding, be sure that you consider ALL the factors so you’ll have time to actually enjoy your BIG DAY!