Well, you have thought about having a backyard wedding. There are several things to take into consideration. You will need to make sure that you have all the necessary items: chairs, tables, tents, adequate space to dance, to set up food, a budget,etc. A backyard wedding can be inexpensive but I would definitely suggest that you set a budget, because if you are not careful you could really go overboard.
This will be one of the most important and memorable events of your life, so you want to make sure that everything goes smooth.
You will need to decide what type of eating utensils you will use? Will the food be professionally catered or will family members prepare the food? What type of food will you serve? How many people will participate in the ceremony? How many guest will you invite? You will also need to decide what type of souvenirs if any, you are going to give your wedding party and guest? I would suggest that you and your wedding planner do some type of research on the Internet to find something that would be unique and inexpensive.
After you have decided all of the above, you can now focus on the yard.
The first step when it comes to this, you would really have to evaluate the area that you live in. Is your neighborhood suitable for a backyard wedding? You would not want a visit from your local police department because of too much noise. Talk with your neighbors before the special event and let them know what will be taking place and if your budget allows invite them as well.
Will your guest have enough space to park their cars? This is very important because you would not want a lot of guest to arrive and there is no place for them to park their vehicles. If you do not have a lot of space to accommodate their vehicles, I would suggest that you rent a bus and choose a specific destination for your guest to arrive and have the bus driver to bring them to your home and after the ceremony is over the driver would take them back to the original destination. This would cut down on a lot of traffic in the neighborhood.
You would also want to make sure that your yard is big enough and suitable to hold the ceremony. You would also want to decide where you want to decorate, the spot where you will walk down the isle and where you will say your vows. Make sure that you have enough space to accommodate the tables and chairs for the food and guest.
You will probably have to have some landscaping done to make sure your yard is leveled so that your guest will not stumble or fall.
I would also suggest that you have a family member as a wedding planner to help you with the ceremony. Hopefully this will save you some money as well.
Last but not least make sure that you have a back up plan just in case it rains.