Q&A: I want to have a backyard wedding ceremony how much will it cost?

February 14, 2013 | By

Question by Rosemary T: I want to have a backyard wedding ceremony how much will it cost?
My husband and i want to renew our vowels, We are going to have the reception at a hall. I really want a backyard wedding ceremony at my mothers house, I want to rent a tent and chairs for 100 people. I need ideas to decorate nicely but not pay too much. how much do you think the ceremony will cost? Also can i pay a judge or someone else to come do the ceremony how much does that cost? Thank you.. oh and i would love to see pictures of backyard wedding if you can refer me to any websites.

Best answer:

Answer by Kat
Judges generally cost more than your minister or pastor, but you're looking at $ 100-300 there.

Tents for that many people are around $ 500-$ 700, at least around here.

Chairs generally cost $ 1-$ 1.50 each to rent.

There is an awesome website for decorating cheaply that my sister found for me:
The articles have some really good cheap ideas and pictures, plus, people have posted comments and pics down below that you can check out!

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

Formal outdoor wedding ceremony introduction at Northern California wedding location by officiant Terry Plank. www.WeddingsByTheSea.com

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Comments (1)

  1. EPiC

    Please keep in mind that a backyard wedding will cost as much (if not more) as a wedding in other venues. But it’s worth it since it’s more intimate and since it’s at your mother’s house, it’s probably more sentimental than a hall. The price will vary by location.

    Scroll down to the last wedding listed here for a backyard ceremony budget and photos (exclude food/favors/other items that will not be applicable):

    On your other points: You probably have all you need to decorate at home. Each officiant charges a different fee but since it’s a vow renewal and you don’t need to deal with legalities, you can have a member of your family/friend do it for free (they can even get free ordination online at http://www.themonastery.org and there are some ceremony scripts online too) And here’s an article about backyard weddings with thoughts to consider:

    Good luck!