Backyard Wedding Reception Ideas!?

December 25th, 2010

My fiance and I are getting married on a budget! I want it to be cost effective but also a classy/memorable day for us and our guests. We are planning to have it hopefully in a family backyard and have less than 100 guests. Our color scheme is purple/white/yellow touches, and we are getting marred in early April. I was thinking I would love to do, a pig roast (or BBQ of some kind), a crawfish boil, some jambalya or gumbo (he is from the south) and various side dishes etc. I was thinking that for centre pieces we would use mason jars with candle and flowers in them (saw this online and love the look), Hang some mini white lights around for the evening.We would serve a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and of course rent tables and chairs and have a cake obviously! I mentioned these ideas to a friend of mine who totally sort of snubbed my ideas, saying that it was not what I could possilbly want and making me feel inferior for not having a fortune to spend or having someone to finance our who wedding…Does anyone have any ideas for how to make a pig roast more classy or other kind of meat that could be easily prepared? I just want to keep costs as low as possible and I know that food is a place where alot of a wedding budget goes and basically I want to do something memorable and nice….without the huge cost of a formal caterer.

8 Responses to “Backyard Wedding Reception Ideas!?”

  1. Byron says:

    Not inviting your snobbish friend would be a good start.

  2. india lima foxtrot says:

    I had a wedding almost exactly like this. It was great! I would do it again. I actually regret not inviting my uptight friends. At the time, they were not cool with my husband, so I just assumed they would not want to come. I wish I had at least left that up to them. Anyway . .

    My mom and sister and I made my cakes. They were delicious. I used an almond cake recipe and it was covered in buttercream flavored with booze, filled with apricot preserves. Mmmm. The cakes were simple, but they sure beat eating Walmart cakes. Just don’t do stinking cupcakes.

    Prepare whatever food you like. I didn’t have a pig roast. We had barbecue that was prepared in a smoker next to the reception space. We were all drooling during the ceremony! If you have white linen tablecloths and you refrain from tacky decorations, it will look formal. Have fun. I wish I could come! Do you need a soloist?

  3. theonewhogotaway says: >could have some ideas on how to decorate backyards for weddings about getting it ready the small details:there is show on back yard weddings & its killing me because i cant remember if its on this channel or another they have really good ideas & how to choose themes> this suggest catering for weddings among other things to make it easier and less stressful on family but will on the wallets. but if you want a roast then maybe experiment recipes and have the food course planned out! you could make it fun by having Hawaiian influence or another cultural food. would be cool also to have 1 ot 2 people mand a bar for guest.> has some ideas

    of course Martha Stewart <

    so does <>many many DIY ideas like garlands, lanterns & paper chandeliers that could make your wedding stand out in a good way just have a reasonable amount of time to put everything together & enough of everything & a place to store it all until the big day.

    sketch out a plan to follow through on your layout as for your freind she just might be worried it might not turn out well but just show her a few of those sights to reasure her cuz your gonna need help pulling it off and someone to collaborate with on ideas! i think most weddings are like backyard weddings not all have catering or a planner the bride just figures it out.

  4. Lady Wheaton says:

    I think that would be a nice wedding reception for the back yard and it is very much good for those on a budget. Although the guests list of 100 people is kind of hard to stick with a budget. But the ideas that you have would work. I agree with having some nice tablecloths to really set it off to look formal like and the decor would help look classy too. I am getting married in June 2011 and I am considering having a wedding in the park and rent out a pavilion and I was trying to think of how I could have it set up reasonably or I am considering a restaurant. But I am only having about 30-40 people. And dont forget your music!! The menu that you have would be great!! But maybe pull pork would even stretch further too and you can put it on a smoker and cook it out back too! Just a thought. Good luck!!

  5. Emma says:

    Garden Weddings can be inexpensive.

    Planning a wedding can be both fun and stressful. Trying to have a theme, like a garden wedding, can require extra work, but can also help make your wedding unique and memorable. Remember that keeping it simple but tasteful can go a long way – there is no need to go overboard with a garden theme.

    Garden Weddings –

  6. Kestril says:

    Be prepared for 100 people using your bathroom
    Have a plan B for rain, perhaps a garage decorated with tulle.
    You could even set up the bar in the garage so you won’t have to decorate it for nothing.
    Have some chairs or benches around an open place to visit and mingle, so everybody does not sit at their table the whole reception.
    Your food choices are great.
    The very cheapest food is different kinds of pasta and sauce choices, garlic bread and cesar salad .
    Once the people are a little high on alcohol they will enjoy anything you offer ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Relax and enjoy.

  7. Boo Bear says:

    I always thought that the mason jar with flowers in it would be pretty as a centerpeice for tables. I think that they are pretty with candles in them as well on fence posts lighted up at night. Do it all DIY. Buy hams at SAMS or COSTCO or something like that and smoke them. Make your own BBQ sauce. Make sweet tea and to make it more of a wedding have a sweet tea fountain. You can really pull this off. GOOD LUCK ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. mfig819 says:

    yeah, dont invite the friend. ha

    do a pig roast!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ if you have a small wedding look for people locally who do small occasions..

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