Transform your backyard into bridal bliss with these inspiring big-day décor ideas — from lush ceremony arches to rustic family-style seating.

Planning 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.

Photo: For an elegant outdoor fête, the planners at Events in the City gave the traditional bar a stylish upgrade with punchy-hued table linens and lush floral garlands.

Photo: Abby Jiu Photography

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