6 Simple Tips for Brides to Plan your DIY Backyard Wedding

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Sarah Kate, Photographer

We all know that wedding planning can be stressful. And we all know that every bride wants her big day to be perfect and go off without a hitch. There is a LOT that goes into making a wedding happen, and it certainly doesn’t happen overnight.

Sure, it’s easy to be seduced by all the glitz and glam of televised celebrity weddings and bridal magazines and Pinterest boards. You could drive yourself crazy with ideas, trying to out-do every wedding you’ve ever seen or been to. But you don’t have to have a Kardashian style wedding or budget to make your day special.

At the end of the day, your wedding is about you, your fiancé and your loved ones. Yes, shiny, fancy, expensive things look pretty and are nice to have, but they aren’t must-haves. So here at Wedding Party, we’re suggesting that simple is better and less is more.


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A DIY backyard wedding is a perfect alternative to a venue wedding, and it can save you lots of money! Another plus–you can personalize and customize the wedding to your needs and personality.

In order to get your backyard wedding day ready, follow some of these tips and ideas for a magical, picture-perfect venue:

1. Make Use of the Natural Scenery: Your backyard already comes equipped with built in natural decorations, meaning you can save lots of money on pricy floral arrangements! To set the mood by hanging lights from trees and over tables, or placing tea light candles in mason jars for a charming, rustic feel.


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2. Include a Wedding Sign: Hand paint or stencil a fun wedding sign leading your guests in the direction of the ceremony.

3. The Cake: Decorate your cake and tables with handpicked flowers or sprigs of lavender from your backyard to give your wedding a natural, earthy look.


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4. Centerpieces: Don’t over think these. Stick to your theme by using flowers or other plants from your garden.


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5. Reception Decorations: Keep it simple and rustic by hanging paper lanterns or fairy lights around the yard. It will give it a romantic feeling at night when it starts getting dark.


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6. The Food: Again, simple and classic is the way to go. Try a BBQ, slider bar, or buffet table for minimum stress and maximum deliciousness.


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What do you think of our simple tips for planning your DIY backyard wedding, brides? I think it’s certainly something that anyone could throw together in a pinch, and would be a fun, down to earth way to celebrate! Let us know if you’re planning a DIY backyard wedding, or if you’ve ever been a guest to one! What did you think?