Tips For A Backyard Wedding
Are you looking for DIY backyard wedding ideas for your big day?
If you already have the wedding ring, and you are hoping to plan a small wedding, we have you covered.
Whether you choose to have bridesmaids or not, you shouldn’t let the pandemic stop you.
You can still plan a small elegant wedding as long as you are practicing social distancing and that your area is allowing small gatherings.
With uncertain times, you can still have the wedding of your dreams if you follow our tips.
Backyard weddings are still popular as you are not confined in an indoor space.
If you want a few elegant backyard wedding ideas, we will share a few below, so keep reading for more inspiration.
And we will also include an easy-to-follow backyard wedding checklist you can grab for free.
But for now, let’s focus on tips for planning the best DIY Backyard wedding.
What is the best way to have a backyard wedding?
How do you plan a backyard wedding on a budget?
How do you do a simple backyard wedding?
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Tips for planning a backyard wedding:
If you considering having a backyard wedding, then this post is definitely for you.
Backyard weddings work perfectly for those that truly enjoy the outdoors and are looking for something different.
They are so many great advantages to having a backyard wedding such as saving money, it’s convenient and it is easy to decorate especially if you are planning to add your personal touches.
I find backyard weddings to be completely romantic.
So plan yours today.
We have included a backyard wedding planning checklist below, so grab it.
If you want to see more DIY backyard wedding ideas as well as to learn more about how to plan one, keep reading.
Focus on these three tips:
1. Let’s start with the basics
Given the moments of uncertainty that we are currently living in, it is very important to see things from a different perspective.
We highly recommend that you stay positive, and look beyond everything around you.
Instead, focus on creating your guest list, this will give you an idea of what the real budget will be.
Here is how to create a wow factor for your wedding if you are on a budget.
Without an estimate of what your numbers are, it will be hard to create a budget.
So start by creating a list based on your closest relatives you have and the ones that you feel should really be there to share that day with you.
Many family members only speak to each other once a year or almost never!
That’s why it’s crucial to create a wedding guest list with all of the names of people that come to mind and then eliminate those people who aren’t really close to you.
This wedding task can be very fun to do with your partner since you can create nice memories and make decisions together.
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After creating your family list it is important to move on to your friend’s list.
I suggest using the same process you did with creating your first list, eliminate those who you haven’t spoken to in a long very time.
Tip: creating an excel sheet with the names of your guests and potential costs will be very useful since you can create an average of what the price per guest will be.
2. Planning your budget
Once you have your wedding guest list created, it is time to start with the most important part of organizing your backyard wedding!
This means looking for and obtaining supplier quotes and also defining the wedding theme of your backyard wedding!
Definitely take a look at some of the DIY backyard wedding ideas below to get inspiration.
By having this information, you will already have a better idea of how much you should spend per guest and if you are in a position to increase or decrease your wedding budget.
Be sure to collect a few different quotes that work best with your style, theme and budget.
It is also extremely important to take into account quantity vs. quality.
It is also very important to see if you will require any permit, license, or insurance to be able to have your wedding in your backyard and if there is a cost associated with this.
They are so many hidden wedding costs that most couples are not aware of! Be sure to do your research.
From here, go ahead and create a list of all possible suppliers you might need, what they offer, pricing, down payment schedules, etc.
You could also try to minimize costs.
Instead of hiring a DJ you can create a wedding reception playlist of your favourite songs or ask a friend to take care of the music.
Think about what you really need that is important and urgent.
If you are going to need help or assistance, then start thinking about some tasks that you might be able to do or some of your family and friends might be able to help you with.
And don’t forget to check out our wedding printable shop for budget things you might need.
Tip: Create a list of at least four suppliers you need, for example, four flower suppliers, four caterers, four dinnerware suppliers, etc.
3. Sentimental value
Less is always more!
A wedding is about celebrating the love you have for your other half and you want to share that union with the people you love the most.
A backyard wedding is much more intimate and you can enjoy it more.
If you are here because you are looking for DIY backyard wedding ideas it is because you really want to plan something that is meaningful and intimate.
You will find that backyard weddings are much more relaxed, authentic, and original.
Now that you have guest list numbers, you can put a plan in place.
Think of how you want to set up your backyard.
If you don’t already, consider hiring a wedding planner.
If not, maybe a family or friends will be the one to support you to make sure that the day goes smoothly. Ideally, you want them to enjoy the day and they won’t be able to do both.
Now it’s time to do some DIY.
This is the most exciting part for most brides planning a backyard wedding especially if you are creative!
Definitely find ways to reduce wedding costs if you can.
You can create your own flower bouquet or perhaps the bridesmaid’s bouquets.
You can print out your own table numbers, these numbers will look perfect with any rustic wedding.
Think of your decorations!
Consider decorating your backyard with some lights that you might already have at home, which will give it a magical touch.
Even your wedding favours can have your personal brand.
For this, I would turn to Etsy!
Do not worry too much about having everything perfect.
This day is about creating great memories that you will always want to remember and take with you.
We hope the simple backyard wedding ideas we share below will inspire you to plan your own wedding.
Remember to have a lot of fun, leave your nerves behind, and enjoy every minute of it!
Know that all the people who are with you that day love you both, and not because of where your wedding is.
Tip: be sure to create DIYs that you can make and if not, never hesitate to ask for help.
Elegant Backyard Wedding Ideas
Now that we have shared with you a few ways on how to plan your elegant backyard wedding, here are a few ideas you can get inspired from.
Photographer: Hailey Pierce Photography
Photographer: Native Expressions
Photographer: Dominique Bader
Photo Credit: Ruffled
Photographer: Hailey Pierce Photography
Photographer: Sergey Lapkovsky Photography
Found on Ruffled Blog
Photographer: Brandi Toole Photography
Photographer: Angela Mae Photography
Photo Source: Brit
Found on Wedding Chicks
Photo credit: Elegant Wedding Invites
Photographer: Emily Elyse Wehner
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Photographer: Aaron and Jillian Photography
Source of image: Brit
Check out this full wedding here!
Image from Storyboard Wedding
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We hope you enjoyed these backyard outdoor weddings!
Don’t forget to grab this free DIY backyard wedding checklist for your big day!
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