I’m not the kind of person who enjoys being the centre of attention. In fact, I’m quite the opposite. So I always envisaged my wedding to be a party in the park where I turn up in a white dress and everyone eats yummy food and drinks yummy alcohol and has fun and there are little to no formalities. Probably not your average girls wedding dream. My nieces, who have just turned 4, already have ideas of what their wedding will be like (a Cinderella wedding of course!). They will be bitterly disappointed when they come to my wedding.
There are 2 very big problems with having a party in the park. One: Melbourne weather is totally unpredictable. The worse thing ever would be to have a party in the park on a 45 degree day. And that same 45 degree day can quickly turn into a 20 degree windy and rainy day. Solution: Hire a marquee! Which brings me to problem two: you can’t just chuck a marquee in public parks around Melbourne. Otherwise there would be parties everywhere! The few parks where this is acceptable, eg. certain parts of the Royal Botanic Gardens, are really expensive and kind of formal looking and defeats the purpose of having a casual party in the park. My solution: have our wedding in our backyard! It doesn’t fix the Melbourne weather problem, but it’s an environment we have more control over. I would love love love to have a partly cloudy 25 degree day with no wind and no rain. That would be amazing. Thanks weather gods!
We have A LOT of work to do between now and our wedding. Ideally, we’d like to get married either February 27th or March 5th – last days of summer/first days of autumn kind of time. Hopefully this gets rid of any risk of days over 40 degrees. The average temperature for these times is 24 degrees, and the sun doesn’t set until just before 8pm. It means though that we haven’t got that much time to totally renovate our backyard (and partly renovate our kitchen to make it look respectable). I’ve also been worried about everyone and everything fitting in. Ideally, we want about 100 guests in our 140m2 backyard. Obviously, we won’t be having a sit down meal, which is cool because I didn’t want that kind of formal thing anyway. So, I spent a couple of hours today with a tape measure, ruler, pencil and sharpie and mapped out our backyard.
Our backyard currently looks nothing like this. We still have a 10x4m shed (not the 6x6m shed that’s drawn here), our path is in a different place, we have garden beds in different places, and our “paved area” is also going to change. The next 9 months will be busy! But everything is to scale (2cm=1m) so I’m getting a better idea of how everything is going to fit. As you can see I’ve only decided on where the cake table and presents table are going so far – bit more work to do yet! In terms of Melbourne’s unpredictable weather, we’ll hire a marquee (which size I don’t know! Maybe 8x8m?) and hopefully not have to set it up. It’d be so much nicer without. Plus we can be more space effective without it.
The other really tricky thing is where to have our ceremony (something I really don’t want but you kinda gotta do it cos that’s how you get married!). Once again, if the weather was perfect the solution is easy: we’d have a quick ceremony in a nearby park. There’s a park which is 8 mins walk (according to google maps so make that 5 mins walk) from our house called Loys Paddock which overlooks the Yarra River and is pretty secluded, and council said we could have a wedding ceremony there no problem. I guess that will be our aim, but if the weather is no good, we’ll just have the ceremony in our backyard under the marquee.
There are lots of conundrums and time restrictions, but I’m actually pretty excited. I bought our first decoration the other day (important things first!).
It was half price at our local discount store. How could I resist?