With the sun finally shining and long summer days ahead, it’s a wonderful time in Minnesota to imagine an outdoor wedding. In fact, with the current economic climate pushing more couples toward a slightly more budgeted wedding, it’s becoming trendy to bring the lavish wedding scene right into your own backyard. As simple as it may sound, however, there are a lot of things to consider before jumping into the idea of a backyard wedding. Listed below are five things to consider before moving the wedding venue into your own backyard.

1. Space. This may seem like an obvious consideration, but it’s easy to forget just how much space is required at a wedding. There not only needs to be room for a ceremony (as well as an alter, seating, etc), but also for dining, dancing, music equipment, catering, and parking. The length of your guest list will drastically change the amount of space required for the get together. Also, pay close attention to the inside of your house as well. Will people be using your restrooms throughout the night? Will the supplies and equipment needed to make dinner fit inside of the house? Should you hire a caterer to prepare most of the food off site? Along with space, make sure you have the proper permits prior to the event (noise, parking, number of guests, etc).

2. Landscaping Needs. Even if the space is available, you may want to make some changes to your current landscape to help the event look a little more elegant. If you want to have certain plants or flowers blooming around the time of your wedding, be sure to research when the best time is to plant or seed the backyard accordingly. Also, if you need to re-sod or re-seed your grass, be sure to do so with enough time for the grass to be lush and full by the time of the wedding.

3. Organize Additional Help. One of the most important things to remember with an at-home wedding is that you need to collect any and all additional help for planning/executing the big day. With event rooms and hotels, it’s easy to use the facility’s chef, wedding coordinator and waitstaff. All of the extra help needs to be accounted for by you prior to the event. Along with the other wedding preparations, you will need to decide how much you can lean on friends and family for volunteering, and who needs to be hired to help the day run smoothly. For example, you may need to hire a valet to run the parking area, hire people to set up and takedown and pay for a cleaning crew.

4. Renting equipment. No matter how lavish or spacious your property, there is a lot of rental equipment necessary to cultivate the ultimate wedding experience at your house. Tents, tables, chairs and a dance floor are all obvious pieces, but be sure to think of the smaller details as well. Will you be needing additional rest rooms for the night? How about table linens, barware, place settings or even a backup generator? Make sure to take these items into account sooner rather than later, as you may need to rent these items in advance to ensure they will be yours for the day.

5. Guests. Sometimes, family and friends alike will assume there is room at your house for them to stay in the days leading up to the wedding. To save your sanity, be sure to include a list of local hotels with the invitations so all out-of-town guests will know where they can stay.

The following local businesses may be able to help you get started:

A-Z Rental Center
12450 Plaza Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 944-8040

A-Z Rental Center has all of the equipment you need from tables to dinnerware to linens.

Midway Party Rental
600 Kasota Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 333-3044

Order your wedding tent from Midway Party Rentals. They have numerous options to choose from.

Natural Landscape Minnesota, Inc
1215 80th St E
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(651) 453-9101

Natural Landscape Minnesota will help you get your lawn looking wedding ready.

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For more great tricks, tips and advice about your home, visit CBSMinnesota.com/YourHome.

Alicia Stewart, a clinical dietitian at a metro hospital in St Paul, MN, has the unique role of working both as an acute care clinical dietitian, as well as an out-patient counselor. She has worked with hundreds of clients on various health topics, including diabetes, weight management, family health, and other chronic health conditions that can be controlled and improved with the right food choices. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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