There are a lot of expectations for weddings. For some people, they’ve been dreaming about it since they were little children. There’s also the common idea that it’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Because of social media, flashy ceremonies have become popular. But you don’t have to have a destination wedding to make your dreamy ideas come true. You can exchange wedding bands and vows at home with all the flash minus the hassle.
Here are a few reasons why a backyard wedding might be the right idea for you and your partner:
It might be surprising, but there’s a downward trend over the cost of weddings in the past four years. But the average expense for a ceremony remains steep at almost $34,000. The biggest spending factor? The venue, which accounts to around a third of a couple’s budget. Having your ceremony can save you a lot of money that you can spend somewhere else. Instead of a local vacation, you can have a honeymoon at a fancy and intimate island resort. For a more practical option, you can set aside the money you’ll save for a new car.
If you’re having your wedding at home, the money you’ll have to spend will go to the decorations. You can buy string lights and a tent which you can use after the ceremony. You can even dress up your own plants and your pool for the part.
When you have a specific venue in mind, it’s best to reserve it as early as possible. Experts recommend booking a site one year before your planned wedding day. The problem is that it’s still not guaranteed you get your ideal venue and your desired date. If you don’t want to wait for years to get married, have a backyard wedding instead. You’ll save a lot of time because you don’t have to wait. You can have your ceremony if you want. Plus, you don’t have to travel elsewhere on the big day. You don’t have to worry about running late to your own wedding. Have your prep at your own room and head to your backyard to exchange “I dos.”
Large events aren’t for everyone. A lot of people prefer small and intimate parties with their close friends and family. It gives you the chance to create a special and tailored event. You don’t have to worry about grand impressions as much. Instead, you can impress your guests using customized decor and food. If you want a chill and relaxed vibe over a formal occasion, a small wedding is your best bet.
There’s also a subtler benefit when you’re having an intimate ceremony. It’s easier to figure out who you’re going to invite. You can avoid awkward questions from co-workers or long-lost relatives by explaining that you’re going small.
Weddings are meant to be memorable celebrations of a union. You don’t have to spend all your life savings just so you can impress other people. You can have a private wedding you and your partner won’t forget by spending and planning smart.