Wedding Tips & Advice

3 Tips for a Rustic Backyard Wedding

Wedding photos at Elkins Resort on Priest Lake, Idaho

When you’re planning to say, “I do” at a backyard wedding, there are a few unique ways that you’ll need to plan the event. When hosting the wedding on a residential property, it’s important to consider the size of the backyard and the features that you’ll need to include since you won’t be hosting it in a traditional venue. Here are a few of the top tips to follow when planning your rustic backyard wedding to ensure that the event is perfect.

Seating Is Critical

The seating is an important part of the planning process to ensure that all of your guests fit comfortably in the backyard and still have enough space to get around. Consider using wood chairs that are vintage or that are old to ensure that you can stay within the theme of your wedding. White chairs add a sense of class and can easily be rented just for your event. Using mismatched rental chairs will also add extra character to the backyard and will contribute to the visual appeal of the setting.

Go for Live Music

Live music will create a romantic and lovely ambiance for a rustic backyard wedding when you’re walking down the aisle or are crowd-surfing during the reception. Opt for hiring a band, which will prove to be classy and memorable, rather than using a DJ. When using a band, remember the logistics of transporting the instruments. If you’re going to be having friends or family play a live instrument, consider the logistics of getting the instrument to the backyard. For example, if you’re going to have someone playing live piano, you will need to carefully prepare the piano to be moved.

Plan the Decor

The lighting of your outdoor wedding is one of the most important features that will determine how beautiful the event looks in the backyard. Consider adding string lights to your intimate reception space, which are romantic and easy to install over the seating area or near the dance floor. You can also incorporate other rustic design features, such as wood finishing and barn doors. Avoid using harsh overhead lights that wash out the yard and that look too bright. These issues could affect the ambiance of your wedding. For a whimsical touch, add lanterns to the trees and incorporate romantic floral arrangements throughout the venue

Knowing the logistics involved with a backyard wedding will allow you to plan appropriately to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. With the proper lighting, music, and seating, you’ll have a comfortable outdoor wedding that you can remember for a lifetime.

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