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Planning a Backyard Sarasota Wedding


Planning a Backyard Sarasota Wedding is not an uncommon thing, however, this past year, Covid-19 has been a factor for more and more couples to consider having a backyard wedding.

For couples looking into a backyard wedding, here are some things to help keep in mind.

Planning a Backyard Wedding in Sarasota Florida

Consider the space that you will need to accommodate your guests and vendors.  The number of guests will help determine the number of tables, food, and overall space needed for your wedding.  You can also split your yard up.  Many ceremonies take place in a different area than the reception.  For example, your ceremony could take place in the front yard, with your cocktails and reception in the back yard.

Wedding Planner

Look into having a wedding planner.  Hosting a wedding in your backyard is a lot of work.  On the positive side, you can select every vendor needed for your day.  This also means that you need to manage every vendor as well.  Having a wedding planner or a day-of coordinator allows you to enjoy your wedding day vs. having to manage all the details at the same time your focus is to enjoy and celebrate your day.


Light your location up.  Up lighting is not only used to add to your décor but also for safety.  Portable up lighting is popular for outdoor venues and both front and backyards to light the way to guests to see their way around.  Bistro lighting is also a popular option as well.

Backyard logistics

When it comes to planning a backyard wedding, you do not have some of the standard items you would have at a wedding venue.  This includes tables and chairs, bathrooms, dance floor, cover/tent, ceremony chairs, and other furniture.  Most rental companies have all of these items available for rental.

Power considerations

When you think about everything that needs power for your day: DJ or band, caterers heat lamps, coffee makers, Lighting, Portable Bathroom lights & air conditioning, bartenders ice machines, and photo booth to name some items that may require power for your wedding.  It is good to check with each of your vendors what their power requirements are and to see if you can provide enough power on separate circuits to accommodate the needs.  Portable generators are something to consider if more power is needed.  Check with your vendors.  Some of them may have generators.

Back up plans

One thing that is hard to predict is the weather.  For this reason, it is best to have a backup plan.  That includes considering a tent and talking with your wedding planner and vendors to create a rain plan.

Complete Weddings and Events in Sarasota, FL

If you’re looking to tie the knot or throw an epic event, you have come to the right place. Complete Weddings + Events in Sarasota, FL will help you find the right event or wedding photographer, videographer, and DJ to throw a phenomenal party, plus we have a fun photo booth and lighting rentals to elevate your event and give you the type of unforgettable experience you’re looking for. When you party with Complete Weddings and Events, it’s completely about you! In addition to Sarasota, Bradenton, & North Port, we also serve Parrish, Venice, Palmetto, Lakewood Ranch, Anna Maria Island, Englewood, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Osprey, & Port Charlotte.

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