With the right backyard wedding ideas, you can have the romantic and memorable wedding that you have dreamed of.
Outdoor weddings offer a sense of intimacy and warmth.They are usually for smaller gatherings.
Plan your outdoor event for a time of day and year that promises good weather. Be sure to let your out-of-town guests know what type of weather to expect.
Regardless of where you live, the weather is just too unpredictable. So, make sure you have a backup plan - such as, a tent or canopy that is large enough to cover your entire party or an alternative indoor location.
Try to keep everything as
natural as possible.
Play up the beauty of your backyard. Focus on an architectural feature - like a gazebo, swing, arch or fountain. This should become the focal point for your ceremony.
Let your wedding color ideas reflect the colors of your backyard.
If time allows, you could even plant a few more flowers and shrubs to enhance the beauty of your backyard.
Also, add areas of interest with statues and potted flowers in urns, crates or pails. Use sturdy plants like mums, calla lilies and sunflowers.
If money allows, you might consider putting umbrellas out for extra shade.
Some other inexpensive ideas are to put sparkling lights around arches, windows and doorways. Even if your ceremony is during the day, the extra lightening will add warmth to the backyard setting.
You can also use Tikki torches and paper lanterns for lightening.
To save money try to borrow tables, chairs and dishes. If not you will need to rent these.
Be sure to use a sturdy table for the cake. You don't want any disasters!
A barbecue is always a big hit. You can decide whether to use caterers or do it yourself.
However, you don't have to serve barbeque for an outdoor event. You could serve dishes such as, lasagna or enchiladas with a green salad and a few other side dishes.
Try to keep it simple!
For your beverages, serve beer, wine and champagne with plenty of sodas and water.
Forget the ballroom gown and train. Wear something light and with a shorter hemline.
If you do want a more formal look, then wear an empire or A-line dress made out of lace or organza. This goes for your bridesmaids too.
For the guys, go with Khakis and a sport's jacket.
If you do want them to wear tuxes, then have vests with a full back, so that it will look better when they take the jackets off.
When looking for favor ideas for your guests, go with the backyard theme.
Hand out personalized paper fans or packs of bird seeds.
Or you could hand out personalized bottles of BBQ sauce.
You could also put out a bucket filled with flip-flops for the women who wore heels to wear.