More and more, we meet couples looking to put together a "backyard" type of Wedding and create their own Wedding Venue. Whether it be in a rented barn, field, or their actual backyard, they often think this is the easiest way to achieve their rustic Wedding dreams while saving money! Choosing your own adventure and personalizing every single detail is in fact - an adventure!
I hate to break it to you, but i'm here to report that it is never as easy or cheap as you think. Don't get me wrong! I fully support this trend and they actually have become my favorite Weddings to coordinate because the opportunities for personalization are endless! But with all those opportunities for details comes the task of how you actually can make them happen out of thin air. Before undertaking this massive Wedding project, let me share some tips with you that save you from day-of chaos and that it has all the comforts of an existing venue.
DISCLAIMER: These tips may come off negative and as though i'm trying to persuade you not to do this. That's not the case! I just want to be honest and frank with you so that your Wedding planning process is as enjoyable and seamless as possible.
Hire a Planner
I fully recommend that you hire a full-service planner to be by your side during the whole process, but if this isn't in your budget, a day-of coordinator atleast is necessary to make this all happen. A full-service planner can help you along the way to ensure that you've thought of every logistic. Trash, power, lighting? Maybe your tent company is installing lighting so your tent looks gorgeous, but have you thought of how people will be able to see getting back to their cars? A planner can remind of these things AND make them happen. If a day-of coordinator is more your speed, just think of this, when you're sitting in the chair getting your hair and makeup done for the most special day of your life - are you going to be able to answer vendor calls looking for directions or setup your escort cards? Perhaps you may be able to, but let me promise you, you don't want to and you shouldn't! It's YOUR day.
Full Service Caterer
Full-service catering can mean many things, but mainly, make sure that you are bringing in a caterer who is going to help clean up plates, trash and clear left over food. This is not the case with all caterers, especially for these types of events, so ensure that you've talked through these details with them so your family isn't the clean-up crew at the end of the night.
Take a 360 View of Your Venue
When you're planning the floorplan and guest flow, make sure you are looking up, down and all around. What is the ground like? Will people be able to walk on it or do we need flooring? Again, lighting, will people be able to see where they are going?
Also in this category is your neighbors. Be conscious of noise and disturbances that may not go over well with your neighbors. Be sure to talk to them ahead of them (maybe even invite them!) so that nothing disrupts the party!
Prepare for Weather
This may sound obvious, but ALWAYS have a plan B. Any portion of your Wedding that could be affected by rain (or even wind or cold) should be addressed and have a backup plan. Tents are great, but does your tent come with sides? If it's cold, windy and rainy, a tent overhead won't solve all your problems. It's also important to talk these through with your vendors. Entertainment such as DJs and Bands who have instruments will be very sensitive to the elements, so ensuring they feel comfortable with your plans in place will prepare you for a lot of day-of concerns.
Let it Go and Remember what Matters
Weddings in general are vulnerable to stress and obstacles, with "build your own venue" venues come with their own folder of challenges. The key is to remember what is important to you and being flexible to help make that happen. Do you want to have a bumping 3-hour dance party? Make sure your dancefloor is secure and your DJ is comfortable. Do you have a family of foodies? Make sure your caterer has a great workspace and everything they need to deliver a seamless experience. At the end of the day, you are marrying the person you love and it is the start of an amazing next chapter. If you can focus on that, you can handle your Wedding :)
Over the past 5 years, Nashville has exploded as one of the top Bachelorette destinations in the country. Groups of girls have been packing up their cowboy boots and heading for the country music capital of the world. Whether a country music fan or not, there is something for everyone that will guarantee to leave a lasting impression of this colorful city.
Here are our Top 5 insights with something for everyone:
One of the most versatile places i've seen, Pinewood Social appeals to anyone. Whether you are looking for somewhere to post up with a cup of coffee and your laptop, meeting friends for happy hour, bowl with your family, or soak up the sun and overlook the river, it checks all the boxes. While off the beaten path a little bit, it's a great retreat to spend an afternoon or evening with yourself OR group of friends.
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Set just 35 minutes north of Boston is Lynch Park. The expansive park lies in the middle of a residential neighborhood which makes it hard to stumble upon unless you are directed. In addition to multiple picnic tables, walking paths and a small beach, you'll find a gorgeous rose garden, enclosed by a beautiful brick wall and looking out to ocean views. Even though the park is very busy especially during peak season, the rose garden can be reserved for private events.
Location: Beverly, MA
Associated Costs: Permit, Chair Rentals (if needed)
Transportation: Parking Lot (Parking can be arranged for free for your guests)
Bonus Selling Points:
- Steps from the waterfront!
- Photos, photos, photos. In addition to taking advantage of the beautifully landscaped floral garden, literally steps away you can have a waterfront shoot. Best of both worlds!
We have been lucky enough to plan events all over the world. Even if we are traveling for professional reasons, we always try to slip in some fun and explore as much as we can.
Las Vegas is one of our favorite places in the United States. That's definitely a personal preference because we understand it's not for everyone, but if you enjoy food, entertainment, gambling, shopping, adventure, recreation - literally just about anything - you can find something for you!
We have traveled there professionally, in our 20's with 9 other girls, even with our parents for their 60th birthday, so we like to think we've seen a little bit of all the sides of the city.
Here's our Top 5 to dos to be sure to add to your itinerary that work for ANYONE planning a trip to lively destination:
For lack of a better term (they call it an "observation wheel") this is the best ferris wheel I have been on. First, you're inside, none of that dangling anxiety for anyone with a fear of heights. Second, you have full 360 views of the city. If you have just arrived, it's perfect to get a sense of direction and see where all those favorite landmarks are. Third, it's only 30 minutes! A quick touristy activity that I promise will have any impact.
This is great for all ages, but if you're in Vegas to enjoy the 21+ lifestyle, their "Happy Half Hour" is a must.
If your looking for a break for the flashing lights, blasting AC and slot machine bells, take a half day trip to the Hoover Dam. I don't really feel like I can accurately describe how impressive it is. I promise it will not disappoint. It's only 45 minutes from the Strip, so easy to rent a car to take advantage of the many tour options (including a helicopter?).
Cirque du Soleil - ANY
A Las Vegas classic. If you haven't had the opportunity to see any Cirque du Soleil shows ANYWHERE, but let alone Vegas, I highly recommend it. There are themes and music for any interest and they are pure entertainment. Not only will you be mesmerized in your seat, but if you to Love (The Beatles themed) or One (Michael Jackson themed) - you'll be singing in your seat too.
Enjoy some of our favorite tips, tricks and select event highlights!