10 Ways To Make A Beautiful Backyard Wedding On A Budget

By Loraine Balita-Centeno on June 10 2020 in Entertainment

A simple backyard wedding can be just as beautiful and elegant as an expensive destination wedding given it is arranged with care. Image credit: A tent for guests in case it rains on a wedding day. Image credit:  IVASHstudio/Shutterstock.com
A simple backyard wedding can be just as beautiful and elegant as an expensive destination wedding given it is arranged with care. Image credit: A tent for guests in case it rains on a wedding day. Image credit: IVASHstudio/Shutterstock.com
  • Backyard weddings allow you to add fun details to your event that might otherwise not be allowed if you do this in a different venue.
  • You can choose a focal point--like a decades-old tree, a pool, or a fire pit--that you can decorate and use as a backdrop for the ceremony.
  • Adding personalized decor like photos of the couple or friends and family will make the celebration more meaningful and fun.

Opting for a simple wedding is not only practical but also financially smart considering the number of couples who go deep in debt after an extravagant, grandiose, and extremely expensive wedding that bore a hole in their bank accounts. More expenses await a couple after the wedding day after all. So instead of splurging on a wedding, many couples are choosing to save their money to buy a house or set it aside for when the baby comes instead.

Some are also choosing to keep their weddings simple and making a conscious effort to keep it intimate and close to home. This is why backyard weddings are becoming more common. Not only will a backyard ceremony and celebration save money but it will also keep everything simple and much more meaningful. If you are one of those thinking of having an intimate albeit beautiful backyard wedding we’re giving you tips to make your big day meaningful and special.

10. Make Your Furry Baby Part of The Ceremony

Newly married couple with their pet dog. Image credit: Tatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock.com
Newly married couple with their pet dog. Image credit: Tatiana Chekryzhova/Shutterstock.com

One of the biggest advantages of having a backyard wedding is enjoying the freedom to include your fur babies in the ceremony—something posh venues might not allow. Celebrating in your backyard means not having to make special requests and arrangements for your pets. You can include all your furry, feathery friends in the guest list to make your party more meaningful, they are part of the family after all. Dress them up in the nicest tux you can find or a fancy hat that matches your theme and they’ll be good to go.

9. String Lights Are Romantic

String lights in a backyard. Image credit: Funkyteddy/Shutterstock.com
String lights in a backyard. Image credit: Funkyteddy/Shutterstock.com

Your backyard might not have enough lights set up for such a big event but you can work around that by using string lights you can hang on poles. They’re inexpensive and easy to install. They look romantic at night and they’re not too bright nor too dim. They’re perfect for an intimate celebration of life and love with those close to you.

8. Be Ready For Rain, Set-up A Tent

A tent for guests in case it rains on a wedding day. Image credit: Bubutu/Shutterstock.com
A tent for guests in case it rains on a wedding day. Image credit: Bubutu/Shutterstock.com

Don’t let a little drizzle ruin your party. Be ready for it by setting up a tent where your guests can take shelter in case it rains. If there’s a big chance of rain on your big day set up the tables and chairs under a tent so the rain won’t disturb them while they’re eating and having fun. Tents add a fun intimate feel to any party. It’s also pretty symbolic since all your guests will be united like one big family because of this wedding.

7. Personalize It

Another huge advantage of having your wedding in your backyard is you get to personalize it however you want. You can display baby pictures, photos of your travels together, hang photos of your friends, and add dedication boards in the entrance so people can write you personalized notes, and well wishes. You can create a personalized entrance or wedding arch filed with polaroids and trinkets that mean a lot to you and your family.

6. Bring In Plants And Trees

Add more of greens to the wedding decor theme to create a soothing environment. Image credit: Dmytro Sheremeta/Shutterstock.com
Add more of greens to the wedding decor theme to create a soothing environment. Image credit: Dmytro Sheremeta/Shutterstock.com

Set up plants and small trees all over the venue and use small plants with flowers as centerpieces on your guests’ tables. Plants have a way of making people feel more relaxed and happy. It’s the best way to alleviate your guests’ stress and create that relaxed, stress-free, fuss-free feeling as they sit on their tables. You can also set up centerpieces like succulents and flowers in small pots that guests can take home after the event. Decorate the pot with their name and a simple thank you message to personalize it.

5. Choose A Beautiful Focal Point

Evening wedding ceremony with a rug and lot of vintage lamps and candles on big tree. Image credit: Breslavtsev Oleg/Shutterstock.com
Evening wedding ceremony with a rug and lot of vintage lamps and candles on big tree. Image credit: Breslavtsev Oleg/Shutterstock.com

Got a decades-old tree in your backyard? Or a pool you can spruce up and decorate with flowers? Look around your backyard for elements you can use as a focal point. A beautiful tree can provide the perfect backdrop for a ceremony and a pool might be decorated with flowers and plants to become a beautiful background for photos. The key is to be creative and to try to look at things in your backyard in a different way. That tree could hold so much potential and that outdoor firepit might have so much meaning for the couple it could be highlighted during the celebration.

4. Bring The Indoors Out

Romantic atmosphere in the evening on the patio at the wedding. Image credit: Ekaterina Lin/Shutterstock.com
Romantic atmosphere in the evening on the patio at the wedding. Image credit: Ekaterina Lin/Shutterstock.com

You can create little areas of comfort by bringing out your fancy chairs and sofas for a beautiful photo area. Arrange your French chairs and Louis XVI sofas and decorate the area with flowers, some plants, a plush carpet, and even chandeliers you can hang on trees and you’ll have a beautiful area for pictures. Don’t have furniture to match the theme? Some people rent out nice decorative chairs and sofas specifically for this purpose. They won’t cost you an arm and a leg and they often deliver to the venue and pick up after the event too.

3. Set-up A BBQ Station

Serve scrumptious barbecued items to your guests at your wedding. Image credit: Veralub/Shutterstock.com
Serve scrumptious barbecued items to your guests at your wedding. Image credit: Veralub/Shutterstock.com

Another great perk of having a wedding in your backyard is getting the chance to serve scrumptious barbecued meats, seafood, and vegetables at your wedding. It’s a fun and delicious way to celebrate your love and share it with friends and family. Just make sure to set up the station away from the ceremony itself or you risk distracting your guests with the smokey aroma while you’re getting married. Save the BBQ for the celebration later.

2. Bring In The Food Trucks

Food trucks at a wedding venue. Image credit: CatwalkPhotos/Shutterstock.com
Food trucks at a wedding venue. Image credit: CatwalkPhotos/Shutterstock.com

Who doesn’t love a food truck? Kids will love it, adults will have a blast getting food from it. They’re inexpensive, they look cool, and are so much fun to have at a party. Just decorate the trucks with flowers, plants,  or items to match the theme of your wedding. Some couples opt to have the food trucks come at the end of the celebration, 30 minutes before the guests go home. The idea is to let them grab the food they can eat on their way home, or wrap and eat at home.

1. End The Party With A Bonfire

A bonfire can add a lot of spark to a backyard wedding. Image credit: Kovop58/Shutterstock.com
A bonfire can add a lot of spark to a backyard wedding. Image credit: Kovop58/Shutterstock.com

Wouldn’t it be nice to gather all the people you love and care about ‘round a bonfire after an afternoon of celebration? Play the guitar, sing songs, and enjoy some roasted marshmallows. You can also set-up a fun smores bar so your guests can pick as many chocolate and marshmallows as they can get their hands on before they sit down by the fire. Hand out blankets and comfy scarves to keep your guests warm as they enjoy the rest of the night.

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