Calling all brides! Are you planning a backyard wedding? You’re certainly not alone. Whether coronavirus-related restrictions caused you to choose this route (as many wedding venues across the U.S. still aren’t open to full capacity) or you’ve always pictured an intimate rustic wedding at home, small backyard weddings are more popular than ever!
That being said, throwing a small backyard wedding is actually no small feat. It takes a lot of work and time and effort. We might not be able to plan the whole thing for you, but we can definitely provide some beautiful wedding inspiration for the wedding of your dreams.
Need some small backyard wedding inspiration? Check out these 50 beautiful ideas that will take any backyard ceremony up a notch.
50 Small Backyard Wedding Ideas
1. Rose Petal Archway
Because the archway should be as stunning as the bride.
2. Hanging String Lights
Twinkling lights just add a little extra pizzazz—especially at night!
3. Natural Greenery as Decor
Keep things neutral, light, and simple by decorating the aisle and archway with natural greenery.
4. Aisle of Pampas
Take this past year’s biggest home decor trend right to the altar.
5. Layered Archway
When in doubt… drape!
6. Succulents and Air Plant Decor
We love how this wedding planner incorporated air plants and succulents into the natural decor.
7. Wood Accent Wall
It’s always a good idea to have a neutral accent wall that moonlights as decor but doubles as a background for photos!
8. Farm Table Setting
Even if you can’t have the Edward-and-Bella forest wedding vibes, you can certainly recreate this gorgeous farm tablescape. (Photographer: Alora Rachelle Photography; Design credit: Special Occasions Event Rental & Design @specialoccasionsmi.)
9. Floral Accents
Rule #1 of a wedding: There can never be too many flowers.
10. Romantic Sweetheart Tablescape
When it comes to the bride and groom’s table, it’s all in the details.
11. Circular Altar
It’s just different enough to stand out.
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12. Covered Benches
Save money on seating by renting benches instead of individual chairs.
13. Baby’s Breath Details
Don’t forget to decorate your guests’ seating!
14. Boho Backyard
A life-sized, heart-shaped Connect Four anyone?
15. White and Natural Green Tablescape
Everything about this muted color scheme just works!
16. Tropical Floral Accents
Go bright or go home!
17. Thrifted Lantern Decor
Never underestimate the decorating power of thrifted lanterns!
Putting together a beautiful, photogenic background could just be as simple as hanging up streamers.
19. Barrel Snack Table
Two barrels and a panel of wood = gorgeous snack table.
20. Natural Altar Decor
Flowers aren’t just for bouquets—they can really add a pop of color to the altar, too.
21. Simple White Accents
White rug, white flowers, white chairs, white decor. It’s the perfect color scheme for minimalism-loving brides.
22. Ladder Shelving for Drinks
Who knew that you could make stunning DIY shelves with just a ladder and some plywood?
23. Something Blue
That something blue can be just about anything. Why not use it to decorate the trees in the yard?!
24. Sweetheart Table in Gazebo
To really set your sweetheart table apart, give it a few walls and a roof!
25. Hexagon Altar
Profess your love for each other and get married inside a honeycomb-shaped altar.
26. Simple White Ribbon
One tie of a ribbon and these neutral chairs are already all the more chic.
27. Woodlands Inspired Candy Table
To theme or not to theme.
28. Altar DIY-ed From Thrifted Doors
Make your own DIY altar from old, thrifted doors!
29. Touches of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus here and there can really tie the whole thing together.
30. Personalized Cocktails
Every bride and groom deserves a personalized cocktail (or mocktail) that riffs off or makes a pun of their surname.
31. DIY Rustic Hanging Flower Decor
All it takes is some rope, twine, flowers, and some mason jars.
32. Ceremony and Reception Sign
This way, guests!
33. Rustic Candle Votives
Why does birchwood make everything look so much cuter? Even a candle votive?!
34. Repurposed Cabinet Altar
When you’ve pictured your wedding, you may not have envisioned an old cabinent up there at the altar with you. But it looks pretty cute, no?
35. Lover’s Lane Area
Create a separate little oasis of sorts for couples that want to peel away for a moment and steal a kiss or two.
36. Umbrella Basket
God forbid… But also, just in case.
37. ‘Just Married’ Banner
You can never go wrong with a pennant banner. Even at a wedding!
38. In-Tent Chandelier
Tenting the occasion? Don’t forget a chandelier!
39. Thrifted Glassware for Tablescape
Don’t spend tons of cash on new tableware that will only be used once. Thrift it!
40. Macrame Archway
For the boho bride who just can’t make it through a ceremony without a touch of macrame.
41. Mr. and Mrs. Wooden Barrels
Not sure what’s in these barrels or if they’re just for show, but they certainly are #AestheticAF.
42. Long Farm Tablescape and With Rustic Benches
One long table at a wedding? It’s a thing.
43. Wooden Hexagon Art Installation
Create your own DIY hexagon centerpiece with trendy honeycomb shelves. Throw in some lighting and you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind art installation.
44. Photo Booth Accessories
What’s a photo booth without some photo booth accessories?!
45. Swinging Photo Opp
Swing back and forth, but get a photo of it, too!
46. Bridal Teepee
Perfect for dogs who are apart of the wedding or for anyone who needs to escape the sun.
47. Hanging Floral Arrangements
There should be so many flowers, they hang down from the ceiling, too.
48. Rustic Wooden Barrel and Basket Decor
Unexpected for sure, but these rustic wooden barrels and apple baskets really solidify the vibe.
49. Boho Pool Decor
How do you decorate an inground pool for a wedding? Throw white balloons in there!
50. Add Arrangements to the Food Spread
No food table is complete without a bouquet!
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