Backyard Wedding Planning & Ideas
Your Backyard Wedding Guide
With large-scale celebrations currently on hold, many couples are opting to celebrate at home with a backyard wedding. Backyard I do’s are a great way to have an intimate wedding with a smaller guest list (or even a private virtual ceremony to share with friends and family from afar). They can also help to keep costs down and give the wedding a more personal, sentimental feel. While backyard weddings are typically understated, there are still a lot of factors to consider. We’ve created an easy guide that covers everything from how to use your space to the best times of day for photos!
How to Utilize Your Space
The first step in planning is designating different spaces for each part of your celebration—where you’re getting ready, where you’re having the ceremony, the reception area, and more.
What You’ll Need to Plan Ahead
Backyard weddings can seem simple, but there are still plenty of factors to consider. You and your partner will need to plan for weather, parking, and even bathrooms among other things!
Food & Drink
Another important part of the wedding? The FOOD! When you’re having a backyard wedding, it’s up to you whether you want to have homemade cooking or hand it over to a caterer—you’ll also have to figure out the drinks situation and clean-up!
Depending on the size of your guest list, you may need some extra furniture to accommodate everyone. Here are the essentials:
Since a backyard wedding has a more casual feel, it can be a little challenging to signal a change in events or when it’s time to go home. Here are some tips for organizing your timeline:
• Hosting a virtual wedding? Include your guests watching from afar in a virtual reception—share your signature cocktail recipe, your dance floor playlist, and open the “mic” up for any virtual guests that want to make a toast!
• If it’s a hot summer day, invest in sunscreen for your guests and put out citronella candles at night to keep the bugs at bay!
• Provide blankets or set up heaters for chilly evening events.
• Sunglasses, fans, and umbrellas are helpful items that can double as favors for outdoor weddings!
photos: Dani Nicole Photography | bride: @chelsea_sarah