Garden Wedding Ideas

Planning & Budget29 Backyard Wedding IdeasBy Christina ParkUpdated on June 26, 2015Transform your backyard into bridal bliss with these inspiring big-day décor ideas — from lush ceremony arches to rustic family-style seating.Share via facebook dialogShare via PinterestShare via Emailfacebook dialogPinterestHaley SheffieldPlanning a backyard wedding opens up endless (and cost-saving!) possibilities. Not only will you forego the hefty cost of booking a venue during peak wedding season, but you'll be able to welcome your guests into an intimate space that is uniquely you. Whether you're going for elegant outdoor nuptials or a cool, backyard bash with close family and friends, there are countless ways to transform your backyard into a magical outdoor retreat to host your wedding. We've got 29 wedding décor ideas for all of your big-day moments — from the ceremony to reception.First, exchange your vows under a ceremony arch entwined in lush greenery or create a rustic ceremony altar with reclaimed wooden doors. For casual outdoor reception seating, hay bales and mis-matched furniture add a whimsical touch, in addition to being a budget-saving alternative to chair rentals!Plus, you can entertain your guests with life-sized games and have the outdoor photo booth capture your day's most instagram-worthy moments. Planning an open bar? Laid back couples will love the grab-and-go vibe of converted DIY beer coolers (canoe bar anyone?) while foodie couples will prefer a linen-draped bar lined with refreshing signature cocktails.End the night on a sweet note by passing out post-dinner desserts like homemade ice cream sandwiches or setting up a popcorn stand that serves late-night savories. And as the sun sets overheard, allow these backyard-friendly lighting options to brighten up those special moments — from the first dance under twinkling edison bulbs to exchanging toasts under the romantic glow of melting candelabras.When it comes to backyard weddings one thing is for sure — they make for truly unforgettable celebrations. Ready to start wedding planning? Click to see 29 of our favorite backyard wedding ideas.facebook dialogPinterestBrianna VenzkeCreate a warm welcome with this hand-calligraphed chalkboard sign — a simple (and pretty!) way to direct your guests to the ceremony space.facebook dialogPinterestChristina McNeill PhotographyMake a statement with your “Mr. and Mrs.” chairs by adding bright peonies and lush eucalyptus garlands.facebook dialogPinterestThe Great Romance PhotographyDress up your guestbook station with strips of linen to create a fanciful fringe table skirt. It's a pretty first sight for guests entering the ceremony space.facebook dialogPinterestColette Kulig PhotographyDon't let mother nature rain on your parade and ruin the party. Stock up on umbrellas for stormy weather (or flip flops for shine!) to prepare for unexpected weather snafus.facebook dialogPinterestCassidy Brooke PhotographyThrowing an outdoor wedding? Include a fun pair of sunglasses in your welcome bags. Extra points for adding a disposable camera to capture those had-to-be-there moments.facebook dialogPinterestAvec L'Amour PhotographyPaint over old antique furniture with pastel colors like mint, and re-purpose for a truly nostalgia-inducing dessert table.facebook dialogPinterestDaniel Lateulade PhotographyNot only can you direct your guests to the next stop of the party with a welcome sign, but you can also add your hashtag for an Insta-worthy affair.facebook dialogPinterestBek GraceReady to get crafty? Boho couples will love this unique chevron wooden ceremony backdrop composed of re-claimed wood panels and gold laser-cut lettering.facebook dialogPinterestgeneoh photographyAdd rustic touches to your tablescape by adding fresh greenery and using calligraphed leaves as table cards. As a nod to her childhood, this bride used leaves from a magnolia tree in her backyard.facebook dialogPinterestChantal Andrea PhotographyFall brides can go seasonal with their wedding favors by giving out mini baskets full of fresh cherries. If you're a foodie, consider adding your favorite cherry pie recipe for a personal touch.facebook dialogPinterestAlixann Loosle PhotographyCreate a casual vibe for your backyard reception with long picnic tables and twinkly lights hanging overhead.facebook dialogPinterestFor the Love of ItSet up a popcorn stand where guests can munch on movie theater or kettle corn popcorn and re-fuel for the late-night dancing.facebook dialogPinterestErin Jean PhotographyTo create an intimate vibe, this couple opted for low-hanging edison bulbs strung from a floral chandelier, a cool urban touch against the floral décor.facebook dialogPinterestFeather and StoneThis couple created a barnyard haven with cozy blanket-covered hay bales, tree-stump seats and candle lit mason jars, plus with pops of color like vibrant tangerine and bright pink.facebook dialogPinterestJacqueline Campbell for Birds of a FeatherThis couple re-purposed an old barn door to create a stunning ceremony backdrop dressed with white roses and fresh greenery.facebook dialogPinterestKrista A. Jones PhotographyA laid-back treat for post-dinner activities, treat your guests to popsicles that will keep your guests cool and refreshed throughout the evening.facebook dialogPinterestStefanie Kapra PhotographyThis garden party featured an olive oil and wine-tasting station on a swing! The planners at The Tuscan Wedding hung a chandelier overhead to add to their enchanted décor.facebook dialogPinterestNadia Meli PhotographySay cheese! Make those big-day moments Instagram-worthy with this life-sized photo booth that will be a sure hit with your fun-loving guests.facebook dialogPinterestPaper AntlerThis barnyard wedding featured a huge DIY wooden board featuring a heart made of criss-crossed string and seating assignments pinned on floral fabric.facebook dialogPinterestKurt Boomer PhotographyElevate your backyard with elegant white table runners, lush centerpieces and romantic candelabras. It's also important to stick to a crisp, neutral color palette to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.facebook dialogPinterestTec PetajaSeating doesn't have to be stuffy. Go with low-lying picnic benches and line your ceremony aisle with copper pails filled with rich autumnal foliage.facebook dialogPinterestJeff Sampson PhotographyAllow your guests to grab-and-go (and skip the lines!) with this unexpected idea — a canoe bar! No need to tend this station, just add ice and toss in the drinks.facebook dialogPinterestJose VillaPass out ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwiches served from a vintage bicycle cart for a seriously sweet way to end the night!facebook dialogPinterestJason and Anna PhotographyGarden enthusiasts and nature-loving couples alike will love gifting these seed packet wedding favors.facebook dialogPinterestStudio CastilleroMix and match armoirs and vintage chairs for an eclectic reception space that's both charming and intimate.facebook dialogPinterestKatelyn James PhotographyWith vintage hand-lettering by Meant To Be Calligraphy, this whimsical drink station is bursting with color and personality — a refreshing take for summer nuptials.facebook dialogPinterestLeo Patrone PhotographyHave your guests play ice-breakers before the reception like this “I Spy” Instagram scavenger hunt, where guests snap pictures and post the couples' hashtag.facebook dialogPinterestSarah Tonkin PhotographyEntertain your little ones with kid-friendly, jumbo-sized games like Connect Four.#TOPICS: Wedding IdeasWedding StyleUnique Wedding IdeasWedding DecorationsWedding Decor7 Months to GoRelated VideoGo Inside One Couple’s Barefoot Backyard Wedding in CaliforniaBaby Blue Films followed Casey and Nick throughout their laid-back celebration in California. You’ll fall hard for their bright décor and the fun-filled atmosphere.Share via facebook dialogShare via PinterestShare via Emailgarden wedding ideas 1Share via facebook dialogShare via PinterestShare via Emailfacebook dialogPinterestHaley SheffieldPlanning a backyard wedding opens up endless (and cost-saving!) possibilities. Not only will you forego the hefty cost of booking a venue during peak wedding season, but you'll be able to welcome your guests into an intimate space that is uniquely you. Whether you're going for elegant outdoor nuptials or a cool, backyard bash with close family and friends, there are countless ways to transform your backyard into a magical outdoor retreat to host your wedding. We've got 29 wedding décor ideas for all of your big-day moments — from the ceremony to reception.First, exchange your vows under a ceremony arch entwined in lush greenery or create a rustic ceremony altar with reclaimed wooden doors. For casual outdoor reception seating, hay bales and mis-matched furniture add a whimsical touch, in addition to being a budget-saving alternative to chair rentals!Plus, you can entertain your guests with life-sized games and have the outdoor photo booth capture your day's most instagram-worthy moments. Planning an open bar? Laid back couples will love the grab-and-go vibe of converted DIY beer coolers (canoe bar anyone?) while foodie couples will prefer a linen-draped bar lined with refreshing signature cocktails.End the night on a sweet note by passing out post-dinner desserts like homemade ice cream sandwiches or setting up a popcorn stand that serves late-night savories. And as the sun sets overheard, allow these backyard-friendly lighting options to brighten up those special moments — from the first dance under twinkling edison bulbs to exchanging toasts under the romantic glow of melting candelabras.When it comes to backyard weddings one thing is for sure — they make for truly unforgettable celebrations. Ready to start wedding planning? Click to see 29 of our favorite backyard wedding ideas.facebook dialogPinterestBrianna VenzkeCreate a warm welcome with this hand-calligraphed chalkboard sign — a simple (and pretty!) way to direct your guests to the ceremony space.facebook dialogPinterestChristina McNeill PhotographyMake a statement with your “Mr. and Mrs.” chairs by adding bright peonies and lush eucalyptus garlands.facebook dialogPinterestThe Great Romance PhotographyDress up your guestbook station with strips of linen to create a fanciful fringe table skirt. It's a pretty first sight for guests entering the ceremony space.facebook dialogPinterestColette Kulig PhotographyDon't let mother nature rain on your parade and ruin the party. Stock up on umbrellas for stormy weather (or flip flops for shine!) to prepare for unexpected weather snafus.facebook dialogPinterestCassidy Brooke PhotographyThrowing an outdoor wedding? Include a fun pair of sunglasses in your welcome bags. Extra points for adding a disposable camera to capture those had-to-be-there moments.facebook dialogPinterestAvec L'Amour PhotographyPaint over old antique furniture with pastel colors like mint, and re-purpose for a truly nostalgia-inducing dessert table.facebook dialogPinterestDaniel Lateulade PhotographyNot only can you direct your guests to the next stop of the party with a welcome sign, but you can also add your hashtag for an Insta-worthy affair.facebook dialogPinterestBek GraceReady to get crafty? Boho couples will love this unique chevron wooden ceremony backdrop composed of re-claimed wood panels and gold laser-cut lettering.facebook dialogPinterestgeneoh photographyAdd rustic touches to your tablescape by adding fresh greenery and using calligraphed leaves as table cards. As a nod to her childhood, this bride used leaves from a magnolia tree in her backyard.facebook dialogPinterestChantal Andrea PhotographyFall brides can go seasonal with their wedding favors by giving out mini baskets full of fresh cherries. If you're a foodie, consider adding your favorite cherry pie recipe for a personal touch.facebook dialogPinterestAlixann Loosle PhotographyCreate a casual vibe for your backyard reception with long picnic tables and twinkly lights hanging overhead.facebook dialogPinterestFor the Love of ItSet up a popcorn stand where guests can munch on movie theater or kettle corn popcorn and re-fuel for the late-night dancing.facebook dialogPinterestErin Jean PhotographyTo create an intimate vibe, this couple opted for low-hanging edison bulbs strung from a floral chandelier, a cool urban touch against the floral décor.facebook dialogPinterestFeather and StoneThis couple created a barnyard haven with cozy blanket-covered hay bales, tree-stump seats and candle lit mason jars, plus with pops of color like vibrant tangerine and bright pink.facebook dialogPinterestJacqueline Campbell for Birds of a FeatherThis couple re-purposed an old barn door to create a stunning ceremony backdrop dressed with white roses and fresh greenery.facebook dialogPinterestKrista A. Jones PhotographyA laid-back treat for post-dinner activities, treat your guests to popsicles that will keep your guests cool and refreshed throughout the evening.facebook dialogPinterestStefanie Kapra PhotographyThis garden party featured an olive oil and wine-tasting station on a swing! The planners at The Tuscan Wedding hung a chandelier overhead to add to their enchanted décor.facebook dialogPinterestNadia Meli PhotographySay cheese! Make those big-day moments Instagram-worthy with this life-sized photo booth that will be a sure hit with your fun-loving guests.facebook dialogPinterestPaper AntlerThis barnyard wedding featured a huge DIY wooden board featuring a heart made of criss-crossed string and seating assignments pinned on floral fabric.facebook dialogPinterestKurt Boomer PhotographyElevate your backyard with elegant white table runners, lush centerpieces and romantic candelabras. It's also important to stick to a crisp, neutral color palette to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.facebook dialogPinterestTec PetajaSeating doesn't have to be stuffy. Go with low-lying picnic benches and line your ceremony aisle with copper pails filled with rich autumnal foliage.facebook dialogPinterestJeff Sampson PhotographyAllow your guests to grab-and-go (and skip the lines!) with this unexpected idea — a canoe bar! No need to tend this station, just add ice and toss in the drinks.facebook dialogPinterestJose VillaPass out ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwiches served from a vintage bicycle cart for a seriously sweet way to end the night!facebook dialogPinterestJason and Anna PhotographyGarden enthusiasts and nature-loving couples alike will love gifting these seed packet wedding favors.facebook dialogPinterestStudio CastilleroMix and match armoirs and vintage chairs for an eclectic reception space that's both charming and intimate.facebook dialogPinterestKatelyn James PhotographyWith vintage hand-lettering by Meant To Be Calligraphy, this whimsical drink station is bursting with color and personality — a refreshing take for summer nuptials.facebook dialogPinterestLeo Patrone PhotographyHave your guests play ice-breakers before the reception like this “I Spy” Instagram scavenger hunt, where guests snap pictures and post the couples' hashtag.facebook dialogPinterestSarah Tonkin PhotographyEntertain your little ones with kid-friendly, jumbo-sized games like Connect Four.#TOPICS: Wedding IdeasWedding StyleUnique Wedding IdeasWedding DecorationsWedding Decor7 Months to GoRelated VideoGo Inside One Couple’s Barefoot Backyard Wedding in CaliforniaBaby Blue Films followed Casey and Nick throughout their laid-back celebration in California. You’ll fall hard for their bright décor and the fun-filled atmosphere.

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