What’s not to love about a backyard wedding? They’re intimate, convenient, and perhaps best of all, often a budget-friendly (if not free) venue. But before you write off a backyard wedding as an overly casual affair that welcomes a rustic vibe only, know that there are endless ways to transform it into anything you want it to be.
For an elegant, formal look, a tented reception can go a long way. Pull back gauzy curtains with vines of florals or greenery for a statement entrance, suspend chandeliers from above for a bit of ambiance, and bring reception tables to life with gilded candelabras and chic linens. Bringing the indoors out in the form of a luxe lounge area will also create a more elegant vibe.
But, of course, if you do want a rustic look, you can give it an elevated take by ditching the burlap in favor of a timeless trend—gorgeous greenery. Think a ceremonial arch rich in cascading greens, runners of eucalyptus on polished wooden tables, or overhead centerpieces of wreaths. If you want to include lawn games during cocktail hour, lend them an air of sophistication with your own touch—stamp your initials on croquet balls or paint an oversized Jenga set to match your wedding colors.
No matter how you style your backyard wedding, nature is always a good source of inspiration—you are outdoors, after all. Pull leaves from a tree right in the backyard—with a bit of calligraphy, they transform into escort cards for an easy DIY. Potted trees or topiaries can make for an unexpected addition inside or outside of a reception tent, or as aisle markers, while tying in with the backyard.
From a wild organic feel to a classy tented reception, these ideas prove that a backyard wedding doesn’t have to be laid-back.