3 Steps To Set Up A Fabulous Backyard Wedding

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When you’re thinking of where to host your wedding, your own backyard may be the perfect place. Naturally, you or one of your parents should have a backyard big enough to hold a large number of guests.

Here are 3 backyard wedding ideas to bring the happiest day of your life to life in vivid color:

  1. Plan every detail.

It’s said that almost everything in civilization is created twice, once in the mind and once in reality. Your wedding is no different. The better you plan it, the better it will all turn out. And, the earlier you plan, the more you will be able to prepare for a beautiful, memorable day.

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Guest List

When making your guest list, Simone Hill makes the following ingenious suggestion on how to balance people, budget, and space:

“Having two lists is how you’ll get to invite the most people without actually raising your budget or finding a larger venue. Here’s how it works: Your A-list is made up of the must-invites who you couldn’t imagine not having at your wedding, like your family and close friends. They’ll receive your first round of invitations. Your B-list is still guests you really want to be there, so don’t put just anyone on it. If you start getting RSVPs back and it turns out you have enough “regrets,” then you’ll start sending invites to your B-list (in order of importance).”


If your catering will be formal, do you want a served dinner or a buffet? If it will be informal, do you want to have hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail bar or enjoy a grilled picnic?


A theme will make a world of difference. It will help you decide on many elements of your wedding, tying everything together.

You can go wild with themes.

A fabulous article in bridal guide covers no less than 25 themes, including the following movie themes: The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Twilight, and The Great Gatsby. In other words, let your imagination run wild — so think about fairy tales, movies, or favorite places, etc., when trying to decide on your theme.


Since the wedding will be outdoors, you need to think about shelter. One elegant solution is to use a tent. Of course, it would probably be more sensible and cost-effective to look for tent rentals el paso rather than buy a large tent that you don’t know what to do with after the wedding.

Here are 7 good reasons why a tent is important:

  1. It will shelter your guests if there is too much sunshine.
  2. It will shelter your guests if there is a sudden rain.
  3. It will shelter your guests if the breeze picks up.
  4. It will protect your table decorations from the elements.
  5. It will give your wedding privacy.
  6. It will give you the opportunity to add some fancy lighting.
  7. It will create the right mood.

Tents add the finishing touch to weddings large or small.

  1. Plant a theme-based garden.

If you have planned your wedding ahead of time, it will give you plenty of time to create a beautiful garden, and you might even be able to figure out flowers that match your wedding theme. Also, choose the best season for your wedding. Summer might be ideal.

  1. Set it up perfectly.

When it comes to getting the setup right, there are three main things to consider: lighting, signage, and outdoor furniture.


Since you are having the wedding in your own backyard, you are not restricted by a venue’s rules about lighting. You can make your wedding as bright or colorful or moody or twilight-like as you please. String lights around trees and through the ceiling of your tent. Hang Chinese lanterns. Strategically place candles. Done right, the lighting can create exquisite ambiance. You may even want to consider hiring a lighting expert. Start early, so that you can experiment and get it down to a science.


Signage can be done in an artistic way to add to your décor. It’s a fun and simple way to add a touch of fun and mischief to an exciting day. You can use directional signs to guide your guests to the right house, banners to welcome them, and lawn signs to help them find their seats. There is a lot you can do to create unique, creative signage. If you need inspiration, check out wedding signage ideas on Pinterest to stimulate your imagination. Alternatively, you can take a look on to use for directing guests, you can even personalise them to perhaps match the theme of your big day! Honestly these are great deals – everyone here is buying them for themselves and for gifts.

Outdoor Furniture

Again, like the tent, renting is better than buying. Renting will allow you to choose tables and chairs that fit your theme. In addition, the rental company will send a team out to set everything up and take it down for you. Also, consider climate control equipment. If you expect it to be a hot day, get fans; or, if you expect it to be a cool or cold day, get heaters.

The Charm of A Backyard Wedding

With a backyard wedding, you will not only save a hefty chunk of change on renting a large space, but your guests will enjoy it more as it will be far less formal than a traditional venue and give the entire day the comforting feelings associated with a family home.

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Shafonne Myers is a certified wedding and event planner who longed for bridal inspiration that looked like her. She has created a website and magazine that brings bridal inspiration to plus size brides. She does speaking engagements educating the world about plus size brides and self confidence.
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