Casual Backyard Wedding Ideas


Home holds a lot of meaning, leading many couples to choose to have their wedding right in their own backyards. A backyard wedding can be a personalized and special celebration and can also save couples lots of money. Backyard weddings tend to be a more casual affair, although they can take on any theme or feel a couple wants.


  • Consider a theme for your backyard wedding. offers several suggestions, including a tea party theme, backyard BBQ theme and summer garden theme. Make it as simple or elaborate as the couple desires by incorporating the theme into as many or as few elements of the wedding. For example, couples using a tea party theme can give out tea bags or tea cups as favors. A simple theme can incorporate the bride or groom’s favorite color or flower.


  • If your backyard wedding will be more casual in nature, choose décor that fits the informal feel. Mother Nature has already provided a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor wedding, but you can add other touches as well. Consider using string lights in the trees and bushes, hanging paper lanterns throughout the yard and putting up a gazebo or arches to define the wedding space, suggests Take advantage of already planted flowers or gardens and accent the rest of the area with similar flowers and plants. Choose white chairs for the guests to sit in; the contrast with the green grass makes for a beautiful setting.


  • To keep with the casual backyard feel, the couple's attire should also be casual. The bride could consider a shorter, tea length gown or one made of lighter fabrics like cotton or linen. suggests simple styles with feminine details like ruffles, flowers or lace. For the groom, try dress pants and a short-sleeve button down shirt or a linen or cotton suit. Don’t forget about footwear either. Brides will more than likely be walking through the grass all day, so high-heeled stilettos are probably not a good idea. Consider a ballet flat or fancy sandal to match the wedding dress.

Special Considerations

  • An outdoor wedding leaves the couple at the mercy of Mother Nature and the weather. However, with a backup plan and other considerations, the bride and groom can still have the backyard wedding of their dreams. Consider renting a tent to provide shelter not only from rain, but sun as well. According to, cover food tables if possible to keep off sun, bugs and rain. Have a backup plan for housing guests in case of inclement weather. Clean out a garage or barn for shelter in case of bad weather.

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