Now is a great time to have a backyard wedding and celebrate with a romantic evening under the stars. Create memories that last a lifetime by hosting an event with elegant décor and a custom menu while surrounded by those nearest and dearest to you.
An Increased Popularity for Backyard Weddings & Micro Weddings
As Ontario went into a state of emergency in March 2020, there was a lot of concern over the future of events in the hospitality industry. One of the biggest questions we kept seeing was “Will I still be able to have my wedding?”
The unfortunate reality was that weddings just weren’t going to be possible for the time being. Thankfully, with Ontario’s introduction of social circles, weddings are starting to make a comeback, albeit in a slightly different way.
Backyard weddings have always existed as an alternative to the more lavish affairs, but right now there’s a growing demand for these intimate, micro weddings.
The Rules for Backyard Weddings in Ontario
The Government of Ontario has outlined some rules that need to be followed if you’re planning on having an outdoor wedding, including:
1. The persons conducting the wedding must ensure that no more than 50 people are in attendance.
2. All persons attending the gathering must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from persons conducting the wedding, unless they are members of the same household.
3. The persons conducting the wedding must ensure that it is conducted in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions from public health officials.
4. The persons conducting the wedding must ensure that any washrooms that have been made available to persons attending the gathering are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary environment.
*Please note that these rules are constantly changing and may have been updated from the time this post was published.
The Benefits of Backyard Weddings & Micro Weddings
It may be true that people dream of having the perfect wedding, but that doesn’t mean every bride and groom dream of having a grand celebration. Hosting a backyard wedding has a number of benefits compared its larger scale counterpart.
A More Intimate Celebration: Your wedding is a special occasion and you want to share it with those closest to you. Having a micro wedding in your backyard will make the affair more intimate and personal.
Reduced Costs: There’s no venue fee when hosting a backyard wedding because, well, it’s in your own backyard! Plus, with the smaller guest count of a micro wedding, all other expenses are reduced as well.
Comfortable In Your Own Home: When you plan a backyard wedding, you never need to leave your house. There’s no worry about forgetting something at home, or figuring out where you want to sleep that evening. All of the comforts of your own home are with you the entire time.
Reduced Stress: From planning a smaller number of table seatings to coordinating with fewer vendors, micro weddings offer simplicity in a way that helps keep your big day peaceful and stress-free.
The Full Backyard Wedding Experience
Having a micro wedding doesn’t mean you’re having a boring wedding. Backyard weddings let you have a smaller, more intimate celebration without sacrificing any of the beauty or entertainment.
When you plan a backyard wedding, you can still include everything that makes a wedding special, such as:
- Wedding Invitations
- Full Service Catering
- DJ or Live Music
- Flower Arrangements
- Photography & Videography
- Décor and Tableware Rentals
Planning Your Backyard Wedding with Encore Catering
Encore Catering is here to help you plan the perfect menu for your backyard wedding or micro wedding. We like to get started by learning a little bit about you and your fiancé so that we can build a custom menu designed just for you. We’ll start with a conversation to better understand what you’re looking for and find out more about the location, guest count, and other important details.
Our backyard wedding menu packages include a variety of choices like individually packaged ready-to-eat options, shareable spreads for social circles, or a formal plated dinner for all of your guests.
No matter what your vision, if you’re planning a backyard wedding or micro wedding, we’re here to make sure it’s executed flawlessly with a custom menu that fits your needs.
Give us a call at 416-661-4460 or contact us today to learn more and get started!