anyone having a backyard wedding or maybe a "lower" key wedding?

posted 6 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
4983 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Ours wasn’t technically backyard, backranch I guess?  We rented out a place, but the concept was the same – bbq meal, relaxing hangout.  Our venue was so pretty inside that decor wasn’t needed.  we picked up random nice flowers from the grocery store and the day before the moms and I put them together into mason jars and other random containers, mixed with flowers from the venue itself (with permission). Outside I wish we’d gone a little classier than using what was readily available, but meh – as long as the food is good does it matter that the chairs were tacky?  It rained anyway so mostly we spent our time inside.  We held the ceremony about 10 minutes away in the middle of nowhere – no decor for that either, in part because the scenery spoke for itself, in part because we were sent the wrong chairs so the raffia loops I had planned were unusable.  so ultimately while it wasn’t your standard gorgeous wedding, no one cared, everyone had a lovely time (or so they claimed, even well afterwards) and we didn’t kiss thousands of dollars goodbye on uplighting and the florist shop.

The planned raffia – the chairs we received were standard folding instead of the nice ones I actually ordered that these could hang on – we got a refund.


Flowers just after being made – we spread them in clusters throughout the rooms and on tables outside.  The outside ones had to be brought back in when the wind kicked up. Oh well


Ceremony site – damn those chairs


Reception patio – don’t cheap out on your chairs, that was our worst mistake, even if it wasn’t technically our fault.  Before the ceremony we held our bbq reception (we’re illogical like that – but it made better sense really). After our ceremony the tables were moved aside for dancing, which was also pretty casually done.


Lights and flowers are so easy to do.  I’d have bought more string lights to better do up the porch but in the end, what with the rain, it didn’t matter.  Inside was like a giant living room – we all hung out on sectionals by the fireplace all night long.  Not typical, but super comfy.

Post # 3
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

morgandrewtaylor :  my sister had her wedding in her own backyard 🙂 with about 60 people. It was very simple and pretty. She had mostly babys breath for flowers and lights everywhere. 

Post # 4
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We got married at a private estate (historic house) near our hometown. Ceremony was in the front yard, appetizers in the side-yard/garden, and the reception was in the back yard. We had the meal catered by a local BBQ restaurant and the food was a huge hit! I did all the centerpieces myself. Chairs, tables, and linens were all included. We had about 50 guests. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck to you! 

Post # 5
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

morgandrewtaylor : I’m having a small backyard wedding this October! Guest list is 17 people total and our colors are ivory, light pink and gold. We’re having a decorated wedding arch, aisle runner, chairs with pink bows. I’m still searching Pinterest for some additional decor ideas, but for the most part…we’re keeping things very simple and we’ll nature be the best backdrop. I’d love to see what you have planned for your wedding! xoxo

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