Many couples choose to rent a venue solely for the ceremony location. Think about it: how many weddings end up in a nearby windowless, convention-center-like room for the 7 hours following the 30-minute ceremony? Clearly the ceremony is the focal point– and why couples pay so much money for a venue. Which is why I’ve chosen to have a backyard wedding. Why spend $15,000 for a venue when I can personalize a ceremony with decorations that I love, and have my guests enjoy a beautiful outdoor reception in the comfort of our own home?
I realize not all of us are so fortunate to have a relatively spacious backyard, but it never hurts to ask a friend or family member if you can use theirs! And you would be surprised how many people you can fit in a small space if you are intelligent about how to use it. For example, my best friend had her wedding of 65 people in a backyard that was less than 2000 square feet, and it was wonderful.
As soon as I decided to have a backyard wedding, I scoured the internet in search of inspiration for my ceremony decorations. My primary objectives were:
- Not to buy a bunch of useless crap that I would throw away right after the wedding. I wanted to keep my backyard ceremony decorations simple– minimalist if you will– for a classic look.
- Stay within a very small budget of $200 for ceremony decorations– covering the altar, the aisle, and a bonus “doggie decoration” (more on this in my post Incorporating Your Pet In Your Wedding). This meant being resourceful and thinking about how to not only purchase less, but utilize items that I already owned.
Here is some of my favorite inspiration I found on the web:
Backyard Ceremony Decorations
I hope these photos inspired you, too! Let me know your favorite backyard ceremony decorations in the comments below. 🙂