Last night I had dinner with one of my closest and recently engaged friends. My friend, we’ll call her “Lea” is trying to begin the planning for her summer wedding but feels stuck: She dreams of having the event at a relative’s moshav home, but the 300+ guest list and the logistics involved with a backyard wedding for so many people is incredibly overwhelming.
Being the wedding connoisseur that I am, I suggested that rather take on this massive project, Lea should hold her wedding at an outside venue that only FEELS like a backyard wedding, but doesn’t require the preparations, cleanup, rental-potties, and family drama of actually doing it at home. So I sent her a short list of this type of venues in Israel, and now I will share them with all of you. The following locations are perfect for you to have your “Backyard Wedding” minus the actual Backyard!
HaAchuza (Moshav Beit Hanan near Ness Ziona)- HaAchuza (The Estate) sits on a plot of land purchased by South African immigrants to Israel in the 1920s and was later refurbished and turned into a venue in the early 90s. The manor has beautiful gardens, views and a a relaxed elegeane perfect for a backyard wedding kind of bride.
Hagiga BaKfar (Kfar Hess): Hagiga BaKfar is lush with gardens and beautifully made shabby chic furnishings. Serve your guests tapas, roasted chicken, and a homemade-style feast. Perfect for a day wedding
Amores (Tel Mond) Amores sits on 10 acres in Tel Mond complete with gardens, grass, and waterfalls. Amores has in-house catering and is a quick trip from Tel Aviv.
Dobrovin (Kiryat Shmona) Originally the estate of Russian immigrants in the early 1900’s, Dubrovin was donated to the Jewish National Fund by one of the children of the home, and is ran today as a historical site, restaurant, and wedding venue. Catering is done in-house with touches of French, Argentinean, Asian, and North American style cooking. The best part is the natural grounds and historical architecture of the buildings, romantic and simple all the same.
Tel Hai( Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, northern Israel) Tel Hai, or the “Hill of Life” overlooks the Hula Valley and was originally used as a military outpost by Jewish border guard and now offers beautiful event space and a guest house.
Ronit Farm (near Kibbutz Shefayim) Complete with swans, an ampitheater, and indoor space, Ronit Farm is no ordinary venue.
Baya’ar (In the HaSharon Forest of Hadera) A regular on Hatunot, Baya’ar’s impeccably maintained grounds and rustic-yet-modern indoor space has brides all over Israel flocking to Hadera. If you are looking to really have the backyard feel, Baya’ar has a giant outdoor patio where you can celebrate the entire event, or start outside and take the party inside for dancing.
Levona Grove (Moshav Almagor, northern Israel) Overlooking the Kinneret and the beautiful fruit trees of northern Israel, Levona Grove is a venue that brings you and your guests to a natural and truly relaxed environment. Weddings are best in the afternoon when the sun is setting on the kinneret.