Show me photos of your backyard wedding!

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
1372 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m interested to see some ideas too!! Backyard wedding is kind of our go to idea!!

Post # 5
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I’d like to know about this too!

Post # 6
395 posts
Helper bee

Honestly by the time you rent everything you need for a backyard wedding they normally don’t save you any money and can be a huge headache. If you’re planning a normal size wedding you’ll need to rent a tent, porta potties , tables, chairs, dinnerware, servers, etc etc. they sound easier but they rarely are. Not to be a downer but most clients I have who have tried to do a backyard wedding to save money just wish they’d have gone to a venue 

Post # 7
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s not that easy to do a backyard (or garden as we would say) wedding in the UK because of the limitations on where marriages can be conducted but what I do know, from several friends who had big gardens available is that the cost of an at home reception was easily as high as using a venue.

By the time you’d rented the marquee (essential over here given our wedding, portable lavvies and all the chairs and tables, plus sorting decorations, the final total was eye-wateringly high. Now this didn’t necessarily matter since they got exactly the weddings they wanted but as an alternative to venue charges and as a means of bringing the costs down it would have been an epic failure.

I realise that you might get away with a genuinely outdoor ceremony and reception in areas of the US where the weather is more reliable but you still have to have some sort of covered option just in case and your guests will still need to eat, drink and pee. All of this means bringing in equipment that can be surprisingly expensive.

Post # 9
1422 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012


We had a backyard reception in my husband’s aunt’s backyard. It’s pretty common in our area, his cousin had her reception there as well, and several of her siblings had receptions in my husbands parents backyard (before they moved). We were married elsewhere, so we didn’t have to have room for ceremony space. We rented tables (some round, some picnic as a compromise between my mil and I) and chairs which were a bit expensive. My husbands aunt picked up the table clothes for $2 each at a flea market and I made the table runners out of a couple of curtains from a thrift store (they are tie dyed). It’s common in our area to have a buffett and paper plates etc. and also to have an open house type reception where people drop in and out as they please so we didn’ thave to have bathrooms other than those in the house for a few guests. Also, almost all of our guests lived close by (as in the same tiny town, or those on either side). 


The house is set us so that there is a breezway that you walk down to get to the backyard, and we set the guest book and such up in there. 

We had a lot of support and everything went perfectly. I wouldn’t want to do it all on my own, but we had a great time. Let me know if you have any questions!

Post # 11
395 posts
Helper bee

@Katyxa:  good question. I’m in Toronto. The latest budget of a tent wedding I did was $30,000 total and it wasn’t over the top fancy. No idea what those things would cost near you. I know the tent and floor alone were $7000.00 

Post # 12
1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Katyxa:  I’m renting a lakehouse and doing a backyard wedding. Obviously prices are different everywhere, but the house for two nights is running us less than $900. That give us the opportunity to set everything up Friday, then I’m staying with my bridesmaids in the house Friday night. Then FI and I will stay in the house Saturday night after the wedding before leaving for our honeymoon. Since you’re not renting a house, this would of course be free.

The quote we got on tables and chairs for 80 guests was around $350. That included a PA system. If we end up needing a tent, it’ll be an extra $300, but we’ll only do that if it rains since the backyard is very shaded. Still need to find linens, though.

We also aren’t renting port-a-potties since the house has 3 bathrooms. 

And we’re DIYing food and decorations. Since we’re doing a lunchtime wedding, we’re just serving a small meal of all cold foods that we can prepare the day before and set out the day of. Nicer plastic plates are common here, so I will be buying those for less than $100. My mom is experienced in serving large crowds and planning meals for them, so she’s already priced all the food and it’ll be around $450. And we’re doing a buffet so no servers needed.

In all, our total including rings, my dress, venue, seating, etc. will be around $4000-5000.

I priced with the cheapest venue around that I could find and we were looking at a few thousand more, and only being able to be there for 8 hrs whereas this way we get 3 days and 2 nights.

Post # 13
788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I dont have pictures to post at this time but… As a photographer half my clients are backyard style weddings and they are FABULOUS!! Do it!! 😀 Sometimes they can cost more than a venue though. Just be savvy and do the homework.


More budget friendly would be to do a later ceremony/reception. Past dinner hour and do a strolling cocktail, heavy appetizer, dessert reception.




Post # 14
4494 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t have pictures, but we did it and it came out really nice.  We saved a lot of money doing it this way and keeping our guest list small (28 people).  My mom bought many plants, so instead of using a florist we had plants all over the place (and they’re permanent, still growing in the garden).  For the tables I just put 1 rose in a green glass bottle (a row of 5 bottles/table).  Simple, cheap, and was quite pretty.   We rented tables, chairs, linens, and serving ware, sticking to basic white for all of it.  This cut the cost down and made it more hassle-free.  We also had a string quartet which was quite pleasant (not something we would have picked, but FIL insisted).  the caterer provided servers and a bartender, which made life much easier for us and cut down on the stress.

Post # 15
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our wedding was at DH’s sister’s house on a hill with a FABOULOUS view! A groomsman made a gazebo for us to get married under. We paid <$2000 for rentals, including restrooms. Our wedding cost around $12K.

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