They're warm, welcoming, unpretentious—no wonder backyard weddings are so popular. But as many of us are lacking a viable outdoor space, it's reassuring that a wedding with a "backyard feel" can be created just about anywhere, providing you include these key style elements.

Toned-down attire

Obviously, you'll skip the beaded ballgown and heavy satin—they'd feel overly fancy and out of place at a homespun event. Most other dresses are fair game and can be tweaked with the right accessories to make them feel effortless and casual. Patterned dresses are a great option for bridesmaids, or have them choose their own dresses in a single color family, or from a range hues. (And no whining if the shades of blue don't match—a "backyard feel" is about individuality.)

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