Backyard Love

We receive many emails from frosted brides-to-be asking for advice and today we’re going to tackle one of your biggest questions: how to pull off an elegant backyard wedding?  To that we say, “no problem”! There’s only one thing you need to remember… it’s all in the details!  You’re saving a ton of money by skipping out on pricey venues and transportation, so invest in the little things that will make your day in the garden shine.  
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No grandios ballrooms.  No cliffside vow exchanges.  Just loving touches that reflect your personality.
So, put on your kicks because we’re about to break it down!  
The Ring
Many backyard-bound couples we’ve heard from are concerned that their wedding photos won’t be as spectacular as those who marry in a banquet hall.  FALSE!  Have your photographer focus on what’s important…the details!  Your rings, being one of the most important details of the day.
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Vintage 140 Carat Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Erstwhile Jewelry

The Invite

Make sure your invitation reflects the feel of the day you’re planning.  If your garden wedding is going to be simple and sweet, then so should your invites!  Photo tip: make sure to have extra copies of the invitations at your wedding so your photographer can get some stylized shots of it!
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Storybook Romance by Design Womb

The Guest Tables

One thing we often hear is, “we’re having a backyard wedding because we can’t afford wedding flowers”.  No worries!  The great advantage of a garden wedding is… you’re in a garden!  Let the natural surroundings serve as your wedding decor.  As for your guest tables, a few springs of dried lavender on each plate with a hand-written name tag attached do triple the work – they serve as your favors, escort cards, & your floral arrangements!
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Lavender Mini Bunches by Weddings Handmade

Further, add to your table decor with little touches that last longer than a bouquet of flowers.  How about these unique book table numbers to spice up your garden theme?

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Vintage Book Table Numbers by Love & Found

The Dessert
Can’t afford a 5-tiered wedding cake?  Let them eat PIE!  Homemade pies are a lovely touch to any backyard wedding.  Try adding these cute chalkboard signs for a little extra cuteness…
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Double-Sided Mini Chalkboard Signs by Creative By Heart

The Accessories
Your backyard wedding is all about celebrating family and home, so adorn yourself with the meaningful details – your grandmother’s brooch, grandpa’s handkerchief, or your sister’s favorite earrings.  And make sure your photographer catches it all on film!
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I Love You Art Photography Print by Photography Dream

And you’re in the garden, so you might as well style yourself accordingly!

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Floral Crown by Homeward Handmade

The Decor

Want to make your backyard setting seem more eventful?  Then unify it with decorative details scattered throughout the garden.  An easy way to do this is to bring accent furniture outside…
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Brown Glass Vases by Duryea Place Designs & Photo by Kelli Hunt Photography

The Wedding Party

Nothing says an outdoor party like light linens and bright colors, so dress your wedding party accordingly…
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White Linen Dress by Left Handed Craft Club 

The Bride & Groom

And last, but certainly not least your wedding day should be just that… YOURS!  So make sure the two lovebirds are dressed in their favorite things – colors, shoes, socks, all the little details should reflect your personalities!
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Mum Bridal Shoe Clip by Cshiver & Photo by Anwen Elizabeth Photography
And with all the little details, your backyard wedding will be what every couple dreams of… perfection!

Sam Temsah-Deniskin

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the whimsical life of accidental photographer, stylist, & writer, Sam. Her approachable and fun style has received critical acclaim from such media outlets as The Huffington Post, Real Simple Magazine, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. In addition to running a successful photography & content creation business, Sam also serves as a contributing writer for and Scary Mommy.

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  1. Stephanie Z says:

    These are some beautiful photographs. The decor pictured is very pretty.!

  2. horray! my photo is included as well via Homeward Handmade!! great products on her etsy, very well crafted.

  3. Jennie - Duryea Place Designs says:

    So many gorgeous items here… thanks for including my shop among them! I love your blog!

  4. Yann Pendaries says:

    merci beaucoup for including my photo i love your selection bravo ;o)

  5. Gorgeous !!!!!!!!!!
    This is nice blog and great photographs . Amazing photos , really great work man …

  6. Pudam says:

    This makes me feel so much better about my own backyard wedding. Thank you FP!

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