Personalizing a Backyard Wedding: 6 Tips

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Thinking of hosting your intimate wedding and reception in your backyard? Awesome–we support you! Before you begin planning, check in with your officiant for guidelines/limitations and of course, check your homeowners insurance for coverage/liabilities. And, depending on the number of guests, you may have to rent a few items:

  • generator
  • tables/chairs/table settings/linens
  • tent/structure in case of rain {plan B}
  • porta potty
  • lighting
  • dance floor
  • play equipment for kids

6 Tips for Personalizing Your Backyard Wedding

#1 Wedding Stationery & Fun Messaging

Backyard weddings tend to be comfortable gatherings of family and friends. Set the tone with the kind of stationery that goes with your personalities… DIY chalkboards are a perfect accessory for a backyard wedding–entertaining guests and guiding them from the ceremony to the drink station. Wedding stationery like Chalkboard Sweetheart {a playful design suite that features hearts and other artistic elements} sets a fun tone and easily coordinates with DIY signage.

Tip: Use DIY wedding signage to guide guests throughout your backyard. See this post featuring a tutorial and this inspirational farm wedding for more ideas.

Wedding stationery and wedding signs

#2 Homegrown & Local Flowers

Start those seeds early! Plant your perennial seeds or annuals indoors to get a head start–to make sure you’ll have blooming beauties by the wedding date. If you don’t want to grow your own flowers, then support your local flower farmer for the freshest flowers–organically grown and in season.

Tip: See this post for the 12 most popular flowers.

Simple florals for a backyard wedding

#3. Mason Jar Décor

Mason jars continue to be one of the most popular vessels to hold everything from signature drinks to flowers to favors. They’re perfect for creating a homey feel for a backyard wedding. Found everywhere and in all different sizes and shapes, dress them up, paint them and use them for simple and easy DIY wedding decorations.

Tip: Check out this post for mason jar ideas.

Mason jar decor for a backyard wedding

#4 Locally-grown Food & Drink

Supporting your local farmers and growers has so many benefits–freshest taste, less packaging, benefits to the community …  You have more knowledge in how it’s grown and you have the satisfaction of supporting your local growers and giving your guests the best food!

Tip: Plan ahead as much as possible as menus are dependent on season and availability.

Local food and drink for a backyard wedding

#5 Lighting to Set the Mood and Keep Guests Safe

The right lighting is important as it serves a dual purpose of creating ambiance and allowing your guests to navigate your backyard at night. Avoid unnecessary mishaps and trips with lighting that is both fun and functional.

Tip: Get help from an expert! Perhaps a landscape designer who can help mix and match lighting needs for the purpose of the space.

Lighting ideas for a backyard wedding

#6 Comfortable Seating

Guests love to gather–in large groups and intimate groups of 2-3. Provide spacing for both! Give them opportunities to escape the noise of the band, to have a quiet conversation and to get back into the action when they’re ready!

Tip: Create little vignettes on the outside of the party for guests that need some “quiet time.”

Seating ideas for a backyard wedding  

What’s your tip for hosting a backyard wedding?

 

Credit

Chalkboard sign by Jamie J Photography

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Fresh, Fun Wedding with Backyard Reception

Categories Real Weddings

Congratulations to Carol and Josh! What an adorable couple with a sweet color scheme. Their delicious wedding colors were seafoam green, blush, and lavender. Carol’s lace dress also had a slight blush color to it as well. The wedding ceremony took place in the LDS temple in Los Angeles and the backyard reception–decorated with a vintage-charm–was at Carol’s mother’s home in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. AlliChelle Photography did a beautiful job of capturing the spirit of the couple as well as all the pretty–plus, she was even one of the bridesmaids, too! Enjoy.

seafoam green

soft color palette

California wedding photography

unique ring shot

groomsmen at LDS temple

California wedding photography

pastel wedding colors

California wedding photography

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unique wedding photography

Mormon wedding couple

bride and groom wedding photography

California wedding photography

backyard wedding reception

California backyard wedding reception

diy wedding reception decor

DIY wedding reception decor

DIY wedding flowers

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DIY wedding decor

wedding cake and wedding reception ideas

Mr. and Mrs. picture

Love love love this color scheme of seafoam green, blush and lavender! And it’s easy to imagine it on one of our newest and already most popular invitation designsOne Sweet Day.

Photographer:  AlliChelle Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

 

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Sneak Peek: DIY Southern Vintage Wedding

Categories Real Weddings

There is so much lovely to Travis and Mandy’s DIY southern vintage wedding, we’re taking two days to unpack the loveliness. Today is a behind the scenes tour–from attire to the DIY décor. Tomorrow … their full wedding feature.

Travis and Mandy were married at the Historic Jasmine Plantation near Richmond, VA. Their wedding colors were mostly dark purple and sunflower but they also used lots of browns, greens and champagne. Mandy wore an exquisite champagne-colored dress with a beaded bodice and ruffled bottom {more on that later!}. Jamie Jansen of Jamie J Photography is the talented photographer behind the beauty and MagnetStreet Weddings had the honor of being their stationer and printing their save the dates, invitation suite and thank you cards.

As you’ll soon see, their casual southern style and vintage vibe is creatively woven throughout their entire wedding. Mandy, an event planner herself, made and decorated almost everything herself. And here she is to walk us through the decor and DIY elements.

DIY Vintage Southern Wedding sneak peek

bride getting ready photos

groom getting ready photos

First Look …

First Look photo

“My dress was my absolutely favorite! It was an Allure dress that had a sweetheart neckline and A-line bottom. It was not anything I pictured myself getting married in but I fell in love with it. It was actually the very first dress I tried on and after three more bridal appointments at different stores, I had to go back and get that dress. It had a lace top with “craziness” at the bottom. My favorite part was that it was a champagne color. It was by far the darkest dress on the racks but that went perfect with my “southern vintage” wedding theme.

wedding gown and fabric bouquet

I wore cowboy boots for my shoes. They were brown cowboy boots with a purple inlay design to match my wedding colors. All of my bridesmaids wore different purple colored strapless bridesmaids dresses with cowboy boots. My flower girl also wore cowboy boots with a purple tutu and yellow shirt (I knew I could never find a flower girl dress in my champagne color dress so a friend made a tutu for her to wear).

 Wedding dress and purple cowboy boots

Vintage and fabric bouquets. The friend who made my veil, hair flower, and flower girl’s tutu, also made the fabric bouquets for myself and my 7 bridesmaids. My bouquet was made of lace, burlap, and purple and champagne fabric flowers. The stem of the bouquet was wrapped in lace with a lace bow and included a locket of a picture of my older brother who died of cancer when he was 5 and I was 4. My bouquet also included vintage brooches and earrings from my mother and my two grandmothers which accounted for my “something old” and “something blue” in that old saying. My bridesmaids also had fabric bouquets but included more yellow and green–but without the brooches.

vintage wedding bouquet wrap

bridesmaids bouquets

DIY decor: ceremony bows, ceremony programs, all the signs (chalkboard, wooden, reserved, etc.), centerpieces, bouquets, burlap chair sashes, photo booth.

I made the photo booth hanging from the tree, my mother made all the centerpieces, mason jar flower arrangements at the ceremony site and the reception, the boutonnieres and corsages for the groomsmen and all the family, and other odds and ends like the flower girl basket and the cake cutting knife and server.

DIY wedding photo booth

historic Jasmine Plantation

DIY Programs table

Memoriam table

Southern Vintage Wedding Attire

The chalkboard signs. The chalkboard signs were spray painted and put together by my mom and I and written by my bridesmaids.

Almost everything you see in the decorations is something that either myself, my mom, my step mom, or my bridesmaids made or put together. We decorated for 3 straight days for this wedding and everything turned out better than I could ever imagine.

DIY ceremony and reception decor

groomsmen sitting on a porch

DIY chalkboard signs and mason jars

DIY welcome sign

Hand painted parasols The parasols hanging from the reception tent, the “thank you” parasol, and the parasol I held in front of my face before reaching the aisle were hand painted by myself and my bridesmaids,

DIY hand-painted parasols

DIY parasols on the ceiling

wedding cake

unique wedding ring shot

The wedding invitation. Mandy and Travis personalized Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation design in their wedding colors.

Graphic Bloom square wedding invitation by MagnetStreet

And your invitation ya’ll … to come back tomorrow…

See you tomorrow to see the rest of Mandy and Travis’ gorgeous southern vintage wedding!

DIY wedding signs

 

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National & State Park Wedding Inspiration

Categories Ceremony + Inspiration + Reception

Majestic trees. Exotic wildlife. Rushing rivers and pristine ponds. There’s just something magical—and quintessentially American—about our national and state parks.

National and State Park Wedding Inspiration

If you’re still deciding on a venue for your wedding—or even your engagement session—it might be worth checking out our national and state parks. From picturesque backdrops to rustic elegance, each park offers an array of unique perks for today’s brides and grooms.

And since it’s Independence Week, we’re also highlighting another wonderful engagement/wedding venue idea: our national monuments and landmarks.

Perk #1: Stunning Backdrops & Photo Ops

Stunning Backdrops - National and State Park Wedding Inspiration

Glowing sunsets over horizons, lush greenery and treescapes…there’s no denying the amazing backdrops that parks and historic sites can offer. And, depending on the season, you can choose from a variety of palettes—from wintry whites (oh-so-romantic), and autumn hues to earth-tone radiance of spring and summer.

Perk #2: Built-in Decor

Allaire State Park - John Defiora Photography

Tree slabs, acorn favors…sure, these are adorable to use, but nothing beats the real thing! If you love rustic, natural decor, then a national or state park is perfect for you. With such a wonderland of colors, textures, and beauty all around, you can keep decor (or props, for engagements) to a minimum. And with Mother Nature providing all the decorations, you’ll be able to save loads of money (and stress!).

Perk #3: Indoor and Outdoor Options

Indoor and Outdoor Options for a Park Wedding

Whether your’e worried about weather (or getting a friendly visit from a bear), many parks and monuments offer both indoor and outdoor options for the ceremony and reception. (The same holds true for engagement sessions.) Many parks have on-site lodges, complete with dining halls that can be dressed up, or dressed down, to fit your style and taste. If you’re heart is set on an outdoor wedding, you can check with the park to see if tents, canopies, or other coverings are allowed on-site.

For more inspiration:

  • Check out National and State Park Wedding Ideasover on our website
  • Browse some of our past blog couples who have celebrated their engagement and/or wedding at a park, monument, or landmark:

Jessica and Darian’s Engagement Session at Allaire State Park

Allaire State Park Engagement Session

 

Marsha and Andrew’s E-Session at Dismals Canyon (National Natural Landmark)

Dismals Canyon - Amanda House Photography

 

 John and Dianne’s E-Session at Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Memorial

Washington DC Engagement Session

 

Hannah and Dale’s Engagement Shoot at Crystal Cove State Park

Crystal Cove Beach E-Session

 

Mallory and Cody’s E-Session at Fountainebleau State Park

Fountainbleau State Park E-Session

 

Hope everyone has a great Fourth of July!

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

 Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

Image Source:

Yosemite Valley Chapel, Kenny Karst/DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.; Winter wedding at Sequoia National Park, Dez and Tam Photography; Ahwahnee Dining Room at Yosemite National Park, DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

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