How to Have a Backyard Wedding in Ireland
2023 is here, and so many new couples have recently gotten engaged, and many of us are dreaming of wedding season.
If you want to tie the knot outdoors, consider hosting your wedding in the backyard under a tree or on a deck that overlooks your garden. But before you go ahead and book that venue, there are some things to consider first: Is it too hot? Too cold? What if it rains? Here's how to plan for all kinds of weather, so your big day goes off without a hitch.
Plan for the Irish Weather
You should always check the weather forecast for the weekend of your wedding, but it's imperative if you're planning to hold your ceremony outdoors. You don't want to have a beautiful outdoor wedding only to get rained on right before the ceremony starts!
If you do end up getting rained on, have an indoor backup plan ready, just in case. If possible, try finding an outdoor location that offers shelter from the rain, like an arbor or gazebo, so that guests can still enjoy themselves without getting wet.
Consider Your Guests Comfort
If you're having a small wedding, this might not be an issue. But if you're entertaining more than 100 guests, make sure that everyone has a place to sit down and relax. Think about how hot it may get in the middle of summer—and consider how much shade is available for those who need it. And make sure there are enough bathrooms so your guests won't have to wait in line or walk too far away from the event itself.
Making Your Reception Fun
This is a time to celebrate the union of two people, so it's important to think about how you want your wedding day to feel. Do you want an elegant sit-down dinner? Or would a fun cocktail party be better? Do you want a small gathering or something more grandiose?
Think about what style will work best for the space in your backyard, as well as how many people are coming. Once these questions are answered, then comes the fun part: decorating!
Have a Backup Plan
If the weather is bad, or if the reception is not going as planned, you want to be prepared for what to do next. You can't always control nature, but it's helpful to know how many people are coming so that you can make sure there's enough food and drinks for everyone.
Wedding planning can be stressful, and it's easy to get caught up in the details. But if you keep these tips in mind, you'll be able to plan a wedding that's fun for everyone. The most important thing is to remember that your guests are coming for the party—not just the ceremony!
If you are considering adding wedding videography to your backyard wedding, check out Reel Irish Weddings for all your videography needs.
Fun Ways to Incorporate Your Pet into Your Wedding
You're about to get married, and you have the perfect dress, ring, and venue. But wait—what about your pet? That's right: your wedding doesn't have to be all about you. It can be a special day for both you and the animal you love most in the world. Here are some fun ideas for incorporating pets into your big day!
Pet Bridal Party Members
This is a fun way to incorporate your pet into your wedding day because it can be done in a variety of ways. Your pet could be the flower girl or ring bearer or even just walk down the aisle with you!
Since the ceremony is one of the most important parts of your wedding, it's important to make sure that your furry friends are involved. You should have a pet-friendly officiant and venue so that any pets can attend, but there's more you can do to keep everyone happy.
You can also plan ahead by picking out an outfit for your pet that coordinates with yours. If possible, have a professional photographer take pictures of your two together so you'll always have memories of them together on this special day!
The first thing you should do is think about your theme. If it's a wedding with a lot of flowers and lace, then the pet-themed decorations at the reception might be a little out of place. If your venue is outdoors, or if you're having an outdoor reception or ceremony, then there are plenty of ways to include your pet into the décor without making it look too cliche or tacky.
One idea is to make centerpieces using old toys from their favorite games and chew toys.
Another great way would be to have table names based on your pet's names and nicknames.
Have drinks named after your pets available at the bar.
Wearable Pet Memories
Wedding bands with their pet's paw print are a popular idea among couples, but there are other fun options too. Cufflinks are a great accessory to pair with any suit, and they make a thoughtful gift for grooms.
Party Favors Inspired by Your Pet
Here are a few tips for making sure that your party favors and your pet are remembered for all the right reasons:
Put your pets face on the gift bags
Pack doggie bags for guests with pets of their own, from your dog to theirs, with bones and a ball
We hope that these ideas have inspired you to incorporate your pet into your wedding. The best part is that they're easy to implement, and the whole family can get involved from start to finish!
If you are in the process of planning your perfect wedding day in Ireland and have more questions about the planning process, be sure to follow along with our blog or visit our website to check out our wedding videography work at www.reelirishwedding.com
Derek Lawless is a professional Wedding Videographer based in the Garden of Ireland, Blessington, Co. Wicklow.