Outdoor weddings can range from simple to ultra-glam, but even small wedding ideas still require a lot of planning – from decor to the safety of your guests, there’s quite a bit to think about. Keep reading for everything you’ll need to take into consideration when planning your backyard nuptials!
Convert your backyard
Using your backyard means you can avoid the cost of renting a venue, but you’ll need to consider a few things before committing. Ask yourself:
- Is my backyard big enough?
- Will it host the just ceremony, or an outdoor wedding reception, too?
- Will we serve plated dinners or a buffet-style meal?
Always consider space during each step of the planning process. The size of your backyard will dictate how elaborate your celebrations can be.
Take advantage of nature
Your backyard wedding will likely happen during the warmer months, so you can rely on nature for some decor. Take advantage of nearby trees, flower beds and simple stone walkways. If you want to add a burst of colour, plant some annuals ahead of time with your wedding theme in mind. Give yourself ample time – at least 8 weeks – to prepare the backyard.
Decide on a theme
Whether you prefer vintage whimsical or farmhouse chic, you and your partner will have to settle on a theme. From centrepieces to table linens, this theme will drive most of your aesthetic decisions.
You don’t need a huge team of professionals to pull off a backyard wedding. Many things can be handled in DIY-fashion, saving you tons of money. For example:
- Illuminate the yard with inexpensive string lights (commonly sold at home improvement stores)
- Carve out a ‘mingling’ area by pairing wicker accents for a classy summertime vibe
- Create an outdoor bar with a wooden table (decorated with leafy branches!) for rustic, old-world charm
- Make an elegant ceremony backdrop using ribbon and wax paper
Rent it, and tent it
Get tables and chairs through an event rental company, or ask your catering team for recommendations. The good thing about renting equipment is that you don’t need to worry about setting up or tearing down – the rental company typically does that for you.
Many wedding experts also advise on renting a tent. Not only will this shelter your guests from rain, but also from too much sunlight or even a bit of breeze. If you’re renting electronic equipment, most companies will charge a penalty for damages. A tent will help protect these valuables, too.