A backyard wedding is perfect for couples who love to be outdoors and want a uniquely sentimental feel for their big day. This particular couple was not that. They wanted a big event with everyone they knew in attendance. However, Covid just wouldn’t allow it at the time. So they reformatted over and over again. Until finally relocated the event to their family’s home. All the key guests were there. And the focus switched from the grand wedding, to a family centric event.
Now I personally love backyard weddings. They’re low key, and low stress affairs. And lately, they’ve had the added benefit of not being cancelled last minute due to Covid restrictions. So we kept everything in-house or rather in backyard.
Whether your backyard is small or sprawling, you’ll want to pay particular attention to where you set up your ceremony. Large trees, like the ones used here, make for the perfect backdrop and provide shade from harsh sunlight. Everything was tented just in case of bad weather. But if anything, it was the heat that caused the most issue. Not for the guests, but for the two dogs who served as ring bearers. The civil ceremony was the only scheduled event at this wedding. Everything else had no timed itinerary. Yes their was a reception, but it had no planned events or timeline.
Backyard Wedding Reception
Once the ceremony was complete, we had a long list of family photos. Now keep in mind, I do big family events all the time. So when I say a long list of family photos, I mean 5-6 pages typed and single spaced. On the plus side, it did reduce how much I had to think about it. Their wedding coordinator was a family friend and took care of all the organizing. So I could just focus on the family portraits and get everyone off to cocktail hour.
The evening included speeches, a few key dances, a cake cutting, and sparkler exit. While they did have a dance floor, it seemed most guests were pretty tired by the end of the night. So the focus was more on the open bar and table mingling.