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How to Plan a Casual Backyard Wedding May 9, 2019

How to Plan a Casual Backyard Wedding, Ewa, Hawaii

Backyard weddings let you save money and enjoy nature while making all your guests feel at home. However, arranging the affair on your property involves many tasks like decorating and catering. To pull everything together for the perfect day, use the following tips.

5 Tips for Planning a Backyard Wedding

1. Outsource Catering

Family and friends may volunteer to make the food, but unless you know a restaurant professional, outsourcing the catering will save time and headaches on the day. Many caterers will have a varied menu to suit the setting and budget, supply all the plates and cutlery, and take care of food cleanup.

2. Prepare Plants

Look critically at the space you plan to use. Will the existing foliage provide the background you want, or would you prefer special plants for the wedding? If the backyard has an abundance of flowers, hold the ceremony when they’re in bloom. Consult a gardening service well in advance of the event to have them manicure the space beforehand as well.

3. Set Up Tents

cateringOne factor you can’t control is the weather. Renting tents will ensure you and your guests stay dry and comfortable, shielded from the sun or rain. Tents also lend a festive air and are easy to decorate with lights and flowers. 

4. Rent Equipment

Event rental companies will provide the tables and chairs for seating as well as for the buffet and the cake, and the linens to cover them. They’ll also take care of setup and breakdown, leaving you and your guests free to enjoy the festivities.

5. Permits & Permissions

Consult the city, neighborhood, and homeowner association regulations to make sure outdoor events are allowed and check if you need a permit. Also, give your neighbors a heads-up about the event to prepare them for the noise and limited parking. Don’t forget to confirm that your officiant is legally able to perform the service outside of their place of worship. 


If you’re looking for catering for your backyard wedding, turn to Laverne’s in Waipahu, HI. The family-owned and -operated business has served up delicious, traditional Hawaiian food like kalua pig and squid luau for over 20 years. If you want to try their food, visit their lunch wagon at the Waikele Shopping Center. Check out their menu online, or call (808) 551-8214 to start planning your event.