backyard weddings

Take note of these lit backyard wedding ideas as they will come in handy when planning yours; and they are very budget-friendly!

These backyard wedding ideas will steal your heart. Simple, affordable and totally lit!

These backyard wedding ideas will steal your heart. Simple, affordable and totally lit!

Move over huge bash, intimate receptions are the new trend in town. So, we bring you a ton of backyard wedding ideas that are fire! Most couples today prefer the intimacy of a small event with framily rather than shelling out their hard earned moolah on an impressive soiree to celebrate their union. And nothing says cozy and unique like your own backyard.

Check out these Pinterest-worthy backyard wedding ideas and pick the ones that suit you the most! Or check out this guide if you need directions on how to plan a backyard wedding from scratch!

Backyard Wedding Ideas for the Most Lit Party Ever

  • A wonderful gift for those warmer ceremonies is to offer paper fans, tiny monogrammed bottles of water, or adorable parasails.
  • Another divine idea to keep your guests comfortable, would be to offer some lemon eucalyptus oil bug spray. Add some natural pesticides to your decor like sprigs of rosemary, lavender, mint, and thyme. And don’t forget a few citronella candles or torches!



A simple hanging basket for your guests to help themselves to some bug spray.

A simple hanging basket for your guests to help themselves to some bug spray.

Achieve a rustic or vintage look with a ladder, votive candles and flowers in mason jars. Simple backyard wedding ideas.

Achieve a rustic or vintage look with a ladder, votive candles and flowers in mason jars. Simple backyard wedding ideas.

  • Naked and semi-naked cakes are TD and will be your best bet for a flawless backyard wedding. Less cooling and maintenance than their buttercream counterpart.
  • Add a grazing food station to wow your guests. They feature a variety of cold cuts, breads, fruits and cheeses and are a pretty new addition to the wedding scene.
  • As for your drinks: you can get creative with your cooling options. decorative flower pots with bags of ice are clever coolers; freeze fruits and berries in ice cubes and to make a fun chilled punch; for those ale and beer lovers grab an on-ice beer dispenser. Keep your guests cool with a help yourself lemonade stand or ice-cream bar.
Delight your guests with lemonade served from twin juice dispensers!

Delight your guests with lemonade served from twin juice dispensers!

Wrap your trees in string lights and add a few tall tables. Downright fab.

Wrap your trees in string lights and add a few tall tables. Downright fab.




  • Create a canopy of string lights in the backyard. Affordable and TD!
  • Backyard wedding ideas that are taking over hunty: turn a mirror into a welcome sign. Write on it and place it on an easel at your home’s entryway.

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For those holding their nuptials in the cooler months; think strategically placed heating lamps and warm, fuzzy flannel blankets as wedding favors; your guests will love you for those.

  • A great give-away for the ladies a bucket filled with high heel protectors to prevent them from sinking into the grass or scuffing their shoes with rocks and all. And save on a dance floor!
Add a cute little note to your blanket basket. Check out these winter backyard wedding ideas.

Add a cute little note to your blanket basket. Check out these winter backyard wedding ideas.

Fall backyard wedding ideas: Did anybody say glam Halloween?

Fall backyard wedding ideas: Did anybody say glam Halloween?

  • Try to embrace the natural setting. Giant floral wreaths made from silk or fresh flowers can add an air of romantic drama. Need a DIY? Check it out!
  • A backyard hack that is definitely lit – pun intended – line your garden with rope lighting. Perfect for an evening bash and it’s waterproof!
  • Creating giant elegant floral walls out of silk and paper flowers; serves as another way to separate space and can act as a photo backdrop. Two for one!
Yay for these boho chic mismatched chairs backyard wedding ideas. Photo: Elizabeth Wells Photography.

Yay for these boho chic mismatched chairs backyard wedding ideas. Photo: Elizabeth Wells Photography.

No need for a kitchen when you bring in the most adorable food truck! Photo: Daniel Milligan Photography.

No need for a kitchen when you bring in the most adorable food truck! Photo: Daniel Milligan Photography.

  • If your arrangements are in need of some living up, try adding some moody colors as they looks amazing with almost any floral choice. From Photo Booth decor to reception tables; moody colors are taking over hunty.
  • Weaving greenery across the back of the ceremony chair or along the table and placing small flowers along the will make a great statement.
  • Remember paper and silk doesn’t mean cheap. It’s practical and with the right touch can have your entire ceremony lit. Being diligent can save your budget.
Folding tables and chairs, string lights and buntings for a very festive wedding in your own backyard.

Folding tables and chairs, string lights and buntings for a very festive wedding in your own backyard.

So, toss out the notion, that to plan a backyard wedding on a budget is all shabby with very little chic and tell us which one of these backyard wedding ideas did you like best?

 

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Let’s find out how to plan a backyard wedding! A favorite of couples who would rather host a more intimate celebration or on a lavish honeymoon. We’ll cover what you have to take into account and a couple of gnarly DIYs you cannot miss!

Embrace the natural setting, let your imagination fly and make sure you follow at least some of these steps to plan a backyard wedding that is the GOAT!

Embrace the natural setting, let your imagination fly and make sure you follow at least some of these steps to plan a backyard wedding that is the GOAT!

A great place to consider having a ceremony is in a backyard, it can be breathtaking and so personalized. You may think a backyard wedding will lack that important TD effect. In reality, it’s more like Cinderella before the big ball. A hidden beauty bursting with potential; waiting for someone’s magical touch to turn it into the most impressive reception of them all.

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A Checklist to Plan a Backyard Wedding Bash

Even though this checklist to plan a backyard wedding is by no means exhaustive, it will give you a head start.

First, let’s talk about available space and number of guests you can fit in it. We know you are keeping it real but you have these two numbers match. People gotta be comfortable, am i right? So, verify the number of guests that will attend. That way you know how to work with the space. If your backyard space isn’t ideal; consider using a family member or friend’s space. (Hint that it would be a great wedding present.)

If you have a roomy outdoor space, here’s the checklist for your backyard wedding bash.



Hanging lightbulb strings adds a charming ambiance to this backyard wedding. Lauren Apel Photo.

Hanging lightbulb strings adds a charming ambiance to this backyard wedding. Lauren Apel Photo.

How to plan a backyard wedding: don't forget the guestbook table!

How to plan a backyard wedding: don’t forget the guestbook table!

Defining the Space for your Flawless Backyard Affair

Defining the space is a key concern when planning a backyard wedding. Kind of why wedding venues let you know their occupancy depending on if you are hosting indoors, outdoors, sitting, standing, etc. So, unless you hire a wedding planner that can tackle this task, grab a map of your yard and start assigning areas. Here are a few to get you going.

1. Wedding Tables and Seating Assignments

Will you need tables for your guests? Round, rectangular, square? How large are they? How many of each will you need? Chairs, anyone?

Needless to say, there are many tables you may want to consider; cake or dessert, favors, escort cards and guest book, head table, guests tables, food and cocktail tables. Of course, to plan a backyard wedding in a limited space you will have to be creative and do away with some of these tables, right?

Do away with the chairs and try these alternative seating ideas for your backyard wedding. Photo: Yolanda Marx.

Do away with the chairs and try these alternative seating ideas for your backyard wedding. Photo: Yolanda Marx.

Rentals can really dress up your guest's tables.

Rentals can really dress up your guest’s tables.

2. Lit Food Options to Plan a Backyard Wedding

The fun of having a wedding in your own backyard is that you can personalize it to the max. Food options abound; pot luck, catering, homemade.

A fun thing for some budget conscious couples; rent food trucks. It can cut a $68 plate per person to $25 and cut down on the space needed for the caterers and food tables. But you will need a place to park them and maybe a permit.

Related: Mini Foods for Weddings, A Mini Guide to Serving Miniature Food

If you are setting your food  and drinks outdoors make sure you plan a way to keep them at a proper temperature and free of pests. Consider saving a space for the bar and cooling of the beverages.

Refreshing beverages in stylish dispensers for an irresistible look perfect for a backyard wedding.

Refreshing beverages in stylish dispensers for an irresistible look perfect for a backyard wedding.




3. Plan for Ceremony Space (Optional)

Planning to recite your vows on your backyard? Make sure to reserve a space for the wedding arch, officiant, wedding squad, family and a few guests.

The next step is to think about making transitions between the reception and ceremony areas. Whether you choose beautifully lit balloon archways or aisles of gorgeous potted plants you can’t go wrong. Of course, this only applies if you host the ceremony there too. If you get married at the courthouse or the church, this is a non-issue.

Garden pergolas are perfect for reciting your vows in the intimacy of your own backyard.

Garden pergolas are perfect for reciting your vows in the intimacy of your own backyard.

Intimate backyard weddings are adorably cute and number one for feeling comfy and homey all day.

Intimate backyard weddings are adorably cute and number one for feeling comfy and homey all day.

4. Remember the Much Needed Shelter

Unless you are planning to open up your house in case of bad weather or just because you want to decorate a tent, plan on providing some shelter for your guests. Deciding to rent a tent can be a life-saver if the weather shifts, however, they can be pricey (get an early start and shop for a good quote)

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Tents require space, Depending of the tent style, the more space is needed. Add that to your map. Are your guests still fitting?

Turn a necessity into a TD backyard wedding decor. Tents do take up more space so tread carefully.

Turn a necessity into a TD backyard wedding decor. Tents do take up more space so tread carefully.

5. What is a Backyard Bash Without Entertainment?

Consider where the DJ booth, the band, photo station and the dance floor will go. If you are planning on installing a dance floor, keep in mind it will require a very flat surface. Otherwise, invite your guests to bare their feet and enjoy nature!

How much space will you spare for the dance floor? Find out how to plan a backyard wedding. Floral decor by Flowers by Frankie and photographed by Clay Austin Photography.

How much space will you spare for the dance floor? Find out how to plan a backyard wedding. Floral decor by Flowers by Frankie and photographed by Clay Austin Photography.

How to throw a perfectly organized DIY wedding in your backyard.

How to throw a perfectly organized DIY wedding in your backyard.

6. Options to Plan a Backyard Wedding for When Nature Calls

Don’t forget about the bathrooms. Make sure the ones inside the house are fully stocked and cleaned throughout your event. It would be in your best interested to hire a bathroom attendant or to rent stalls. Just tuck them on the side of your property. Your guest bladders will thank you.

Gorgeous backyard patios area your guests will truly enjoy.

Gorgeous backyard patios area your guests will truly enjoy.

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Plan for parking and accessibility. Let your neighbors know that people will be parking and partying all night long. Ask your guests to carpool as much as possible.

Flowers, tents and you’ll never guess it balloons are pop items being used. Tents along with chairs and tables can usually be rented from a party warehouse for a decent price.

Related: Why you Should Consider Hiring a Day-Of Wedding Coordinator

Another item to be taken care of, is yard preparation. It may not seem glamorous, but skipping this can have guests not having a good time on your special day. It is not necessary to be an expert to pull these steps off just a little patience. First, treat the area for unwanted pests; nothing can take attention away from the lovely couple like a swarm of flies or nasty bites from ants. And if you have a grass garden, do not water the yard 2 or 3 days before your big event. A soggy lawn makes for muddy shoes and no one likes that.   Take care of any bare spots by planting sod and fertilizing way ahead of the big day.

As the guest list is small, when planning your backyard wedding, feel free to go all out. The Edges Wedding Photography.

As the guest list is small, when planning your backyard wedding, feel free to go all out. The Edges Wedding Photography.

Last, but not least, make sure you’ve enough power for the music, lights, and catering needs and proper liability insurance coverage. This is why, intimate backyard weddings are pop these days.

Try to embrace the natural setting, let your imagination fly and make sure you follow at least some of these steps to plan a backyard wedding that is the GOAT!

 

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This amazing roundup of wooden ladder wedding decor ideas will get your creative juices flowing. Be it as hanging centerpieces, food displays, backdrops or wedding arches, these top wooden ladder decorating ideas are fast, affordable and ultra chic!

Wedding wreaths and a gorgeous vintage wooden ladder to decorate your reception space.

Wedding wreaths and a gorgeous vintage wooden ladder to decorate your reception space.

Start browsing through these amazingly creative wooden ladder wedding decor ideas and pick yours! I can assure you it won’t be as simple a choice as it will be turning them into a reality.

Ladders adapt to any wedding style. Indoors, outdoors, vintage, industrial, rustic and even glam! Yes, glam wedding decor with an old wooden ladder!

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Lucky for you, decorating doesn’t have to be expensive if you are willing to get crafty and repurpose a couple of ladders. Get inspired by these top wooden ladder decor ideas, DIY a few and impress your guests with your amazing taste!

Wedding Ladder Table Plan Inspiration

Garden and backyard weddings are oh so trending but you still need to show your guests where to sit. Why not repurpose an old 6 foot leaning step ladder to create a totes unique wedding table plan? Or maybe use the ladder to hang the Polaroid vintage guest book, amiright?

Show your guests to their tables with this rustic leaning ladder wedding table plan. Photography: Amie Schroeder Photography.

Show your guests to their tables with this rustic leaning ladder wedding table plan. Photography: Amie Schroeder Photography.

Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas for Killer Photo-Booth Backdrops

If you are still trying to figure out what to use as a photo-booth backdrop, go no further! Cover an old wooden stepladder with blooming flowers, greenery, fairy lights or use a rustic ladder shelf to place the props.

These ladder wedding decor ideas will make for a gorgeous and unique backdrop for your pre-ceremony photoshoot session as well.

Triangle backdrop at a Yosemite bohemian-inspired nuptials.

Triangle backdrop at a Yosemite bohemian-inspired nuptials.

Stunning photo booth backdrop with a white vintage ladder and a fairytale feel. Who said Alice in Wonderland?

Stunning photo booth backdrop with a white vintage ladder and a fairytale feel. Who said Alice in Wonderland?

Old wooden ladder decorating ideas for a backyard tented reception. Roses and a few lovey-dovey knick-knacks decorate this gray folding ladder.

Old wooden ladder decorating ideas for a backyard tented reception. Roses and a few lovey-dovey knick-knacks decorate this gray folding ladder.

Vintage Wooden Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas

Repurposing projects can make your vintage wedding rock. Get a hold of some paint, sponges for whitewashing (optional) and at least one step ladder. Use the ladder shelves to place family portraits, greenery wreaths, lavender and if the shelves are wide enough, a few antiques.

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Decorative vintage wedding ladders. Make it yours! Maybe use it as a welcome sign. ;)

Decorative vintage wedding ladders. Make it yours! Maybe use it as a welcome sign. 😉

Love this flower entwined leaning rustic wooden ladder wedding decor for an industrial venue. Photo: Shanna Melville Bridal.

Love this flower entwined leaning rustic wooden ladder wedding decor for an industrial venue. Photo: Shanna Melville Bridal.




How To Make A Wooden Ladder Wedding Arch

To build your own wedding arch you will need at least a couple of ladders and a two by four or a wooden pole. If the arch is not to wide, you can use a broomstick. Nifty way to save, right?

If you are using folding ladders, the first step is to nail the extensible shelf so the ladder won’t close. Now, nail the piece of wood to the top of both ladders. Finally, decorate the arch with light fabrics, eucalyptus and budding and exploding florals.

Give free reign to your imagination and turn these ladders into the most beautiful wedding arch ever!

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Exchange your vows under an original wedding arch made with ladders.

Exchange your vows under an original wedding arch made with ladders.

Jaw-Dropping Hanging Ladder Wedding Decor

This might require a little bit of help, but don’t worry, it’s still pretty easy to do. You could paint the ladder to match your wedding colors, hang them above your wedding tables and decorate them away! This idea takes romantic boho-chic ladder decor to a whole new level!

Florals in bottles and mason jars hanging from a ladder above the wedding tables.

Florals in bottles and mason jars hanging from a ladder above the wedding tables.

Twigs and Edison lightbulbs for a fall wedding. I'm in love!

Twigs and Edison lightbulbs for a fall wedding. I’m in love!

Amazing Ladder Food Bars, Favors & Candy Stations

Add some wooden shelves to your good old ladders and boom! You’ve got yourself the coolest food bars ever.

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Even better, you can turn them into an appetizer, candy station, or a wedding favor display. Really, there’s so much you can do with just a couple of ladders and some wood.

Green and gold vintage dessert ladder. Remember to nail the shelves to the ladder steps!

Green and gold vintage dessert ladder. Remember to nail the shelves to the ladder steps!

Fab and simple way of displaying drinks for your outdoor wedding reception.

Fab and simple way of displaying drinks for your outdoor wedding reception.

Turn an old wooden ladder into your candy bar.

Turn an old wooden ladder into your candy bar.

Top Wooden Ladder Wedding Decor Ideas

Yes, that’s right, you can turn your old ladders and repurposed them into cutting-edge wedding furniture and decor! Not only are they going to look unique but this is going to save you beaucoup des bucks to your wedding budget. Word!

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Paint a short ladder and turn it into a side table for your lounge furniture. Or decorate ladders with flowers and fairy lights for a magical feel.

Lounge areas will need tables and what better than to make them unique and super affordable?

Lounge areas will need tables and what better than to make them unique and super affordable?

We’ve already seen how to turn ladders into shelves. Now let’s add some cute wedding props: Candles, lights, or even some photos of you two!

Rustic or garden old wooden ladder wedding ideas with ivy and potted plants.

Rustic or garden old wooden ladder wedding ideas with ivy and potted plants.

If you need to decorate a corner of your venue, think ladders. This one definitely spells out beachy.

If you need to decorate a corner of your venue, think ladders. This one definitely spells out beachy.

The simple ladder makes for a great unique wedding decoration that you can easily adapt to fit your theme, attract your guests, and show your talent! And now, Wedding Dessert Table Ideas that will Blow your Mind: How to Create Yours!

If your wedding budget is a bit tight, consider decorating with ladders as they are both cost-effective and their look totally rocks!

If your wedding budget is a bit tight, consider decorating with ladders as they are both cost-effective and their look totally rocks!

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