If you’re looking to have a backyard wedding in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you live somewhere near Portland or Seattle. With great weather and a beautiful environment, you’re sure to love having your wedding outdoors almost any time of year. but perhaps most notably in the fall and spring. If you are like many people in these areas, then you surely love being outside. An outdoor wedding (especially in your own backyard) can be perfect for making all kinds of wonderful memories. It’s the perfect romantic touch for your life, and you’ll be sure to have a wedding that you will never forget.
If you’re looking to plan an outdoor wedding, there are some logistics you need to be aware of. You’ll want to take the time to deal with everything that you need to get your beautiful day organized perfectly, and part of that is logistical. Keep reading to find out what all you’ll want to take care of to make sure your Pacific Northwest outdoor wedding goes perfectly.
Backyard Wedding Tips
1. Power. It’s very likely that you’re going to be using a LOT of power for this event! This is all good, but you won’t be able to use the power from the home that you’re getting married outside of. You’ll want to make sure you have extra generators to use for all your power needs. This is something that might be easy to overlook at first. Be sure that you secure those generators as soon as you find out a date and time for your big day.
2. Bathrooms. Of course this is a big deal! If you have a long guest list, it may not be possible for everyone to use the bathrooms inside the house. How about trying a toilet trailer? You can rent one for your big day. Stock it with plenty of toiletry items that your guests may need. The toilet trailer is kind of like a super-elegant version of a port-a-potty (which we would recommend over the latter). It is a great alternative to having problems with your water pipes due to overuse. Long lines are not good for your wedding either.
3. The Yard. You’ll want to make sure it looks good! That’s the main thing. Also check to make sure your ground is flat, and not full of little hills and bumps. This makes it harder to set level tables. If you’re planning on having a dance floor (which we think is an excellent idea!), then make sure your dance floor is flat enough to be useful. And, of course, be sure you cut the grass a couple of days before the wedding. Or, better yet, hire someone to mow. This is key to keeping everything together.
4. Get Insured. The first thing you’ll want to check in this area is your homeowners insurance. You want to make sure that outdoor and property damage is covered in the plan you have. If it isn’t, you may be able to spend a little extra and get extra insurance for this purpose. You’ll also want to check with the people you’re hiring to work your wedding. This is pretty important to get sorted out. Try to do it early. You’ll have peace of mind later on.
5. Get Your Permits. If you’re hosting a big outdoor event, you’re sure to need plenty of permission. If you have loud music or zoning issues, it’s good to check out what is required locally in order for you to have your wedding outside. It’s a good idea to talk to your wedding planner about this, too, for she may have experience getting permits (or helping with them) for outdoor weddings, as they are common! If you take care of this right away, you will be able to survive the red tape part of getting permission for your wedding.
6. Check With Your Neighbors. Don’t forget about the neighborhood! If you talk to your neighbors a bit ahead of time about the event, maybe they can figure out how best to deal with the noise, etc. You can tell them what’s going on, how late you expect it to go, and how many people should be there. This way they can prepare, and the best-case scenario may be the actual outcome. You should thank them profusely for their understanding, too! This is key.
7. Deal With Parking. Be sure you figure out how to manage your guests’ parking needs! If you only have permit parking in your neighborhood, then you may want to get a valet service to meet the needs of your guests. Just be sure you’re up front about this ahead of time, as this is an accommodation that may prove difficult for some guests. You’ll want to find out if any of your guests have accommodation needs as well.
8. The Trash. Oh wow, there’s sure to be a lot of this! You’ll want to make sure that you find out how to get rid of it. Call the sanitation company or the city. And if you’re worried about trash building up over the night, you’ll want to find someone who can keep an eye on it and keep it as tame as possible.
Portland and Seattle Weather
9. What Happens If It Rains? As you know, Portland and Seattle are known for showers. So, you may want to make sure you have a back-up plan. This would probably include hosting the wedding inside the house. If you can possibly have this worked out with your wedding planner, you can figure out what you need to do to make the switch to an indoor wedding work out for you. But let’s hope it doesn’t come to that, though!
As you can see, there are a lot of factors that go into an outdoor wedding in the Pacific Northwest, one of the country’s most beautiful regions. If you’re serious about it, then keep this list handy, and when it’s time to plan your wedding, you’ll be a little bit ahead of the game. Good luck, and congratulations!