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krystle d
VIP September 2012

Out with the venue in with the backyard

krystle d, on March 2, 2012 at 6:06 PM Posted in Planning 0 22
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So after much consideration we've been cutting back on a lot of little details and expenses so we can afford this wedding since we are paying for it ourselves. We don't want to consider moving the date because we've already sent out STD's and and if we keep moving the date it feels like this wedding will never happen. Since we're already having the reception at the FIL's house for the sake of saving money we've decided to also have the ceremony there. Not my dream wedding but we figure we can always do that when we renew our vows. We don't want a court wedding because we all want our families to be there and hopping on a plane and going to vegas wasn't an option either. So now it's time to research research research on how I can transform a backyard into a gorgeous ceremony/reception venue.

For ladies who have done this before, could you please offer some decorating tips or share any helpful tidbits of info. Thank you!

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  • Linda E: Fairy Godmother
    Master September 2012
    Linda E: Fairy Godmother ·
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    I was going to do mine out on the back lawn because we have a pond and the trees are so pretty. Soooo, I bought a wedding arch at Michael's for around $20 as I had a 50% off coupon, bought tulle on eBay (a whole bolt for about $20) and then some grapevine (Michaels) and silk orchids since that's my wedding flower. Then, I made kissing balls from silk hydrangeas and more orchids which would hang on shepherd's hooks to line the aisle I would walk down.

    Rented a tent and chairs for the reception so would just move the chairs down to either side of the aisle. Here was my inspiration although of course mine is nowhere near that fancy but you get the idea!



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  • CandyB
    Super June 2012
    CandyB ·
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    We are getting married in my parents backyard, and although it hasn't happened yet, we have had tons of events there (memorial service, going away parties, graduation parties, b-day parties, coming home parties, anniversary parties, the list goes on). The tips I'd give you are to always have a plan b (if you had to move it indoors due to weather, could you?). Use your surroundings to play off the theme/ambiance you are trying to create (we are playing off the beautiful garden). Use tents, your guests will appreciate it. Evaluate any obstacles in advance so you can know how to prepare for/prevent them (electricity, access to bathrooms, mud, hills/slopes, setup- will chairs need to be moved from ceremony space to reception space? And if so, where will your guests be?) Create a distinct cohesion btwn the spaces (ceremony, cocktail, reception). Have the grass cut and yard sprayed for bugs about two days out. Secure parking (w/ neighbors, etc). Inform neighbors of your event as a courtesy..

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  • Linda E: Fairy Godmother
    Master September 2012
    Linda E: Fairy Godmother ·
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    Hey, just realized we are date twins!!! No wonder we think alike LOL!

    Oh, and here is a pic of one of the kissing balls I made. If you think you might go that route and need help making them just let me know.


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  • CandyB
    Super June 2012
    CandyB ·
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    I love the archway as photo'd above. I am against a runner b/c they tend to be slippey on grass.

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  • Kimber
    VIP September 2012
    Kimber ·
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    There's a home improvement blog I love, and they had a gorgeous DIY wedding in their back yard.

    http://www.younghouselove.com/wedding-album/

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  • CandyB
    Super June 2012
    CandyB ·
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    Runner idea


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  • Melissa
    Devoted September 2012
    Melissa ·
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    LOVE LOVE LOVED that young house back yard wedding! If only i had back yard... Oh well, we have already booked our venue anyway. I think back yard weddings are very charming. Good luck in your planning!

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  • krystle d
    VIP September 2012
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    @ Linda thank you for those pics they look amazing! I also have a 50% off coupon from Michaels and I didn't even think of getting an arch from there. I'm def gonna look into that. Do u have to assemble it?

    @Candi I love that runner idea and it would really fit the backyard idea.

    Thanks for the tips ladies. I plan to use a lot of tulle for draping, twinkle lights, kissing balls and lanterns.

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  • K
    Just Said Yes August 2012
    Katy ·
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    Hi there! I am having an outdoor reception at my in-laws because we couldn't handle the thought of cutting so many people (guest list is (250+) and we def. wanted to be able to do an open bar.

    My first tip is to sign up for coupons! I get emails and mailed coupons for hobby lobby, joann fabrics and michaels weekyl. I will be making fabric flowers to tie on the poles of our tent to give it a nicer feel.

    We rented porta-potties and one idea i woudln't budge on was that I needed flushable ones with working sinks for the ladies. I mean what girl wants to be in a dress at a porta potty?!? Smiley smile

    I found clearance christmas lights so i won't have to rent as many to deocrate the tent from the rental company. Also I gave up on the idea of wooden chairs and chair sashes. I love the way they look but 10 years from now is anyone really going to be saying "Katy had great bows on her chairs at her wedding"

    Etsy, Pinterest & weddingBee have been great places to find DIY ideas.

    Good Luck!

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  • Mouche
    Master October 2012
    Mouche ·
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    @Linda R., I have those same hooks, I ordered them from Save on Crafts, just need to figure out how I'm going to decorate my aisle. I bought a ton of tulle on line and my arch from hobby lobby at half price too. @Krystle, check out www.saveoncrafts they have a lot of wedding stuff



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  • April
    Expert September 2012
    April ·
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    First let me say I think its hysterical that we date triplets are/were going to have a backyard wedding.

    I am also having mine in the backyard and FH and I just sat down and figured out what would represent us as a couple. We are doing a BBQ reception and we are renting a tent for the guests to sit under during the ceremony so they can stay out of the sun and also it will cover the "dance floor" area so I can hang lights from it. We are doing globe lights in the trees and I am probably going to hang some paper lanterns as well.

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  • Chandlers Heart
    Expert October 2012
    Chandlers Heart ·
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    I have one question. Because we are thinking of going ahead and purchasing a house, but if we do we will have to have a backyard wedding, cause there's no way we can afford all of this stuff. But the house is an excellent price and I don't wanna pass it up.

    On to my question: What are you all doing about parking? And how many people are you inviting?

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  • April
    Expert September 2012
    April ·
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    Thankfully I love right next to an office building and we have been given permission to use their lot since on Saturday they are closed. We will probably have about 50-60 people

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  • Kate
    Devoted July 2012
    Kate ·
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    Im a backyard wedding girl too! I have alot of visions in my head that im hopingn i can make happen! As far as parking....good question... Lol idk yet... But, these ideas are great. I think im going with the floral runner as well

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  • CandyB
    Super June 2012
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    As crazy as it sounds, talk to your neighbors. In the past, neighbors have offered up their parking (street and driveway) for my parents' events. Or consider valet. There is a lot a few blocks from my their home that we may have to get permission for parking and have a hired valet service.

    Inviting 42.

    I'm pretty sure I'm going with paper lanterns too- I really like the look.

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  • Julean
    VIP May 2011
    Julean ·
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    Our wedding was not in a back yard, but it was at a state park, so all of the decorating was up to us. All of the ceremony decorations were included with our officiant package. Posting some pics for inspiration!

    (Excuse the blue & white umbrella...LOL - DH's grandmother did not want to be in the sun).

    Also, I would not reccomend a runner. it stuck to the grass, was slightly slippery, and it was very windy, so we had to weigh it down with sand bags.




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  • Carla  Di Bernardo
    June 2020
    Carla Di Bernardo ·
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    Backyard weddings can be beautiful and they allow you to be creative, as well as accomplishing many items DIY. Google image backyard receptions. Check out pinterest.com as well and type in backyard weddings/receptions. When you search online for items make sure you look for discount this or that instead of using the wedding word in the search. That word tends to make things more expensive.

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  • krystle d
    VIP September 2012
    krystle d ·
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    Thank you ladies for all the great tips! It looks like we've all got great ideas to transform our backyards into great ceremony spaces. I think i'll end up buying my arch at hobby lobby and using the 50% off coupons from Michael's when they come out.

    @katy we think alike! I'll also be looking out for discount xmas lights, globe lights and paper lanterns to hang in our tent over the dance floor lol. I plan to use ALOT of tulle to hide any unsightly spots.

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  • Angie
    Super September 2014
    Angie ·
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    We are doing that too!! FH, FFIL, and my dad are gonna bulid the archway. actually here on ww, go to photos, then ceremonies, then outdoor and then archways, they have a couple cute ideas. i got inspiration from one of them.

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  • krystle d
    VIP September 2012
    krystle d ·
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    Oooh really Angie? Thanks i'll check it out. I also found this picture while doing a google search of back yard weddings. It looks so pretty I can't wait till all these ideas I have finally come together!


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