THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 Wedding Ideas, Tips and Inspiration

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING  

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, a backyard could be the perfect location for your special day. An intimate and low key wedding location will make wedding planning easier and you won't have to worry about venue availability or restrictions. If you are thinking that a backyard wedding is just a boho or casual affair, know that there are endless ideas that can transform your location into anything you want it to be. And by having your own home be the stage of such a monumental day, it will only make your wedding that much more special.

There are many advantages to having a backyard wedding, and freedom to create is one of them. You’re able to take a sentimental space and make it into something beautiful. “The ability to build the venue the way you want it, or envision it, is a gift,” says luxury event planner, Alicia Fritz. You can let your wildest wedding dreams and fantasies come true, all while being in the comfort of your own home!

So where should we start? From decor, to food, and to finding your dream dress, here is a complete guide on how to plan an intimate and beautiful backyard wedding!


How To Decorate Your Backyard Wedding  

Start off by embracing the uniqueness of your surroundings. When creating a backyard wedding, it’s important to note what you can utilize around you. If you have luscious greenery-trees, plants, or grass, you’re going to want to note what color tones you want to pair them with and how you can set up your backyard to center it. Are you a pastel color bride, or perhaps warm romantic colors have recently caught your eyes, maybe you like the sophistication behind cool color tones! Tying together your decor and placement of your ceremony and reception will be a great way to make your wedding come to life! 

A great decor piece that we’ve currently got our eyes on are creative DIY wedding backdrops. From floral grids to layered greenery and floral hoops and hanging floral, there’s something for every bride out there! Your wedding backdrop is a vital piece in your wedding as it frames your special day to look picture perfect. It’s the stage where you’ll recite your vows with your partner and marks the beginning of a new journey so having this central decor is a must in your backyard wedding. And if you’re not the crafty type, feel free to use these as an inspiration to finding your perfect decor to purchase! 

Now that you’ve set the stage for your ceremony, it’s time to convert your space from ceremony to reception and the seating area for your guests to pair with your wedding backdrop. Depending on the theme of your big day, there are many different ways you can go about this. Something you’ll absolutely need though, is an aisle way for you to walk down. You can center this to lead down to the backdrop and organize chairs to be on either side of the aisle to ensure that each of your guests are able to get a clear view of you. And if you’re planning on renting chairs, you can use the same ones later on during your reception, saving you the hassle of having to order two sets of rentals. A trendy accent piece that couples use these days are boho vintage carpets for wedding ceremonies. Not only do these add a charming hue of color to your big day but if you opt for a larger cut of the rug, this can also be used as the dance floor at your reception. 

Whether your backyard is small or wide, you’ll want to pay attention to how to set up your backyard wedding reception. If you have large trees in your backyard, place chairs and tables underneath for a more intimate vibe.And if your wedding is in the summertime, placing these beneath the tree will be a great way to block out the blazing sun. Having an outdoor reception also allows your guests to go stargazing at night. The trees can also give you a way to hang string lights or floral installations that make your wedding uniquely romantic. If you need more coverage you might want to look into renting a tent or drapery to offer you and your guests some additional shelter from the elements. Depending on the type of centerpieces and table cloths you choose, these will add a charm of color to your day as well. Some brides have used floral or printed linens instead of luxurious table settings for a simpler way to add some pop to their big day. You can even take the floral that were used to decorate your aisle way and turn them into your centerpieces. The great thing about having a backyard wedding is that you’re able to rent or purchase one set of items- chairs, tables, flowers, etc. making your budget a little looser while also saving space in your backyard. 


Backyard Wedding Menu Ideas 

We’re firm believers that your wedding should be a reflection of your love story, even if that comes in the form of food! If you and your partner are total foodies then this is a great highlight to add to your day. We love the idea of your guests being able to experience this special part of your relationship, after all, what better way to any one’s heart than food? 


Food Trucks

Food trucks have always been a long time favorite of ours. Made to serve fresh and hot, wedding food trucks have become a rising trend. Much different than your traditional dinner, food trucks can give you a variety of your favorite food and is made fresh to order, securing a delicious bite for each of your guests. Some infamous trucks include burgers, tacos, and even desert trucks for those late night munchie cravings some of your guests may have after a night of dancing. You can even choose to go with big burger joints such as IN-N-OUT to be served at your wedding. And by already being outdoors, these food trucks make it easy for your guests to have access to food all night long, leaving everyone to be satisfied. 


Home-style BBQ 

There’s no better meal than a home cooked meal. And we couldn’t agree more! An outdoor bbq wedding is the perfect addition to your casual backyard wedding. Serve classic picnic food such as ribs, sliders, chicken, potatoes etc. to ensure a home-style cooked meal for your guests. You can also add some finger foods and refreshing apps for your guests to add to their plates.  A home cooked meal at your outdoor wedding will only make your wedding intimate and familiar, creating a fun and welcoming affair for your guests. 


Build Your Own Food Station 

If you and your partner love a little of everything and can’t quite agree on what to serve, then a wedding food station will be your perfect silver lining. Whether it’s sweet or savory, fancy or simple, these food stations are customizable to include both of your favorites and will have your guests impressed with the variety of food offered. You can set up these stations in your backyard and allow guests to pick and choose what they like, that way they can try a little of everything and you also won’t be wasting food! This is also especially great for those picky eaters or guests that have specific food allergies that require separation between different types of food. 


Wedding Dresses For A Backyard Wedding  

Now that you’ve got your wedding details sorted, it’s time to say YES to the dress! Just because you’ve chosen a more intimate and casual wedding, doesn’t mean you need anything less than what you’ve always envisioned yourself in! From boho casual to glamorous sparkle, we’ve gathered the best wedding dresses for a backyard wedding. 


For a more casual and relaxed look, meet style Boheme, a casual lace wedding dress from Simply Val Stefani. This is for the more laid back bride that loves something a little flirty but still wants to include traditional bridal details. Having an outdoor wedding is beautiful, but if you’re planning on tying the knot during the summer heat then you’ll love the thin straps and lightweight A-line skirt style Boheme features. It’s also no problem for the bride that wants to dance as the sweep train will be just the right length if she doesn’t want anything too over the top. Re-embroidered lace appliques with sequins trail along the dress while the illusion open back is just the right amount of sexy. Beautiful and organic, this dress will have you on cloud 9. 


If you’re envisioning yourself in a boho lace wedding dress then style Alora is your match made in heaven. The long illusion bishop sleeves will catch eyes from each angle while the fitted bodice with a v-neckline is effortlessly beautiful. Dreamy embroidered lace fabric trails from top to bottom on this gown, offering a fresh and elegant style. Whether you’re planning for a summer or winter backyard wedding, the long illusion sleeves are fit for both seasons! Lightweight and comfortable, the tulle skirt trails down to a short sweep train letting you move easily and effortlessly on your big day! 


And now for something with a little more sparkle and shine! Don’t be afraid to wear something with some extra shimmer even if it’s in your backyard! That’s why we love style Elena for the bride that wants a little something extra for her wedding dress. This sparkly mermaid wedding dress includes crystals, pearls, rhinestones, and sequins to form a shimmering bodice. The form fitting gown features a misty shimmer tulle skirt and a short chapel train to make this dress lightweight and comfortable to wear. And with its thin beaded straps, you’ll be able to move and show off your sun kissed skin throughout the night. 


Smaller backyard weddings are a classic favorite. They have an effortless and cozy feeling to them that is irreplaceable. So before finding your local bridal boutique, you might want to consult  with your vendors, research to see if you need any permits, and check with your neighbors to make sure everything will go off without a hitch. If you are hiring a wedding planner or day of coordination they will also help you to navigate what other areas you might need to consider when having a backyard celebration. No matter how big or small your wedding may be, the intimacy behind having this special day in your home will be the most important thing. After all, there is no place like home. 

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLANNING A BACKYARD WEDDING

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