L&L posted a backyard wedding on a budget a few years ago and I thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit that post in order to get your wedding planning juices flowing. Wedding season is here and your wedding planning should be in full effect, so let’s get started!
I love the idea of a backyard wedding not only because is it a meaningful venue, but also because you don’t have to succumb to strict rules that venues can impose on wedding venue renters. You know the ones: preferred catering lists or having to leave by a certain hour. Hosting your wedding and/or reception in your backyard means that you can really go all out and add your own personal touches. Budget becomes less of an issue when you have more control over the quality and quantity of services you are buying (i.e., FOOD). In addition, if you bribe your neighbors with some (relatively good) wine you will be able to have a stress free night and not worry about an end time. Let’s get this party started!
Using white lanterns and white lights, alternate and string them back and forth from the house to the fence with wire. This effect will lower the sky and create a more intimate space. For the wedding alter use a wooden arbor and decorate with twigs, foliage and beautiful flowers. The arbor can then be used in your own garden after the wedding. Check out our series on “From Wedding to Home”
Here are just a few backyard wedding ideas taken from the photos above that will make your day extra special:
- A guest book made from an unstained wooden bench that guests can sign and send you well wishes. This will be a memorable and great keep sake for years to come.
- Beg, borrow, steal from neighbors, friends and family. Instead of renting tables, ask around in your neighborhood and see if you can borrow a patio set or two.
- Use crisp white linens and add a burlap runner down the center of the table. Scrunch the remaining burlap hanging off the table and tie a lace ribbon around it to finish the look.
- Be sure to check out garage sales and thrift stores for vases of all different sizes and shapes that you can add to the table for flowers.
- Summer time can get hot in the direct sun, so offer your guests paper umbrella parasols to shade themselves. The umbrella parasols could double as favors as well!
- Keeping with the outdoor feel, use wood signs to let people know where to go.
- If there is space in the backyard, get your guest up and have a friendly tournament of croquet or bocce ball.
A blue-green color scheme was chosen for this backyard wedding. Backyard weddings are best when they are kept simple: let your bridesmaids know what color they should wear and let them pick out the dress (which may already be in their closet). When choosing a bouquet, opt for larger flowers like hydrangeas and baby’s breath that add filler and foliage to fill in the gaps.
Backyard weddings mean comfort food all the way! BBQ chicken, beef, home-made Lasagne, garlic bread, coleslaw and ceasar salad. Use bunting to decorate the bar area and create a chalk board with “The Blushing Bride Drink Menu” written on it. Tell your guests about the drink special. Perhaps a refreshing Raspberry Limoncello Sangria Recipe, wine and beer, or and a bucket filled with ice and soda so guests can serve themselves.
Finish with a “decorate your own cupcake table,” and offer homemade cookies – you and your bridesmaids made the night before. Serve seasonal summer fruit in a carved watermelon basket. Make s’more packages that can act as favors, but can also be used once the sun goes down in the fire pit.
For a backyard wedding on a budget check out Love and Lavender’s free printable invitations downloads. We think the billy ball wedding invitation suite would be perfect and tie in nicely with the layed back feel of a backyard wedding.
Table setting: TréCreative Film&Photo
Menu Sign: Photography by Jay C Winter
Croquet set: Marina Koslow Photography
Bunting and Bar sign: White Ivory Photography
Bench: Jennifer Van Elk
Fan programs: Brett & Jessica