29 Backyard Wedding Ideas

Updated on June 26, 2017
Transform your backyard into bridal bliss with these inspiring big-day décor ideas — from lush ceremony arches to rustic family-style seating.
Haley Sheffield

Planning a backyard wedding opens up endless (and cost-saving!) possibilities. Not only will you forego the hefty cost of booking a venue during peak wedding season, but you’ll be able to welcome your guests into an intimate space that is uniquely you. Whether you’re going for elegant outdoor nuptials or a cool, backyard bash with close family and friends, there are countless ways to transform your backyard into a magical outdoor retreat to host your wedding. We’ve got 29 wedding décor ideas for all of your big-day moments — from the ceremony to reception.

First, exchange your vows under a ceremony arch entwined in lush greenery or create a rustic ceremony altarwith reclaimed wooden doors. For casual outdoor reception seating, hay bales and mis-matched furniture add a whimsical touch, in addition to being a budget-saving alternative to chair rentals!

Plus, you can entertain your guests with life-sized games and have the outdoor photo booth capture your day’s most instagram-worthy moments. Planning an open bar? Laid back couples will love the grab-and-go vibe of converted DIY beer coolers (canoe bar anyone?) while foodie couples will prefer a linen-draped bar lined with refreshing signature cocktails.

End the night on a sweet note by passing out post-dinner desserts like homemade ice cream sandwiches or setting up a popcorn stand that serves late-night savories. And as the sun sets overheard, allow these backyard-friendly lighting options to brighten up those special moments — from the first dance under twinkling edison bulbs to exchanging toasts under the romantic glow of melting candelabras.

When it comes to backyard weddings one thing is for sure — they make for truly unforgettable celebrations. Ready to start wedding planning? Click to see 29 of our favorite backyard wedding ideas.

Create a warm welcome with this hand-calligraphed chalkboard sign — a simple (and pretty!) way to direct your guests to the ceremony space.

Brianna Venzke

Create a warm welcome with this hand-calligraphed chalkboard sign — a simple (and pretty!) way to direct your guests to the ceremony space.

Dress up your guestbook station with strips of linen to create a fanciful fringe table skirt. It's a pretty first sight for guests entering the ceremony space.

The Great Romance Photography

Dress up your guestbook station with strips of linen to create a fanciful fringe table skirt. It’s a pretty first sight for guests entering the ceremony space.

Don't let mother nature rain on your parade and ruin the party. Stock up on umbrellas for stormy weather (or flip flops for shine!) to prepare for unexpected weather snafus.

Colette Kulig Photography

Don’t let mother nature rain on your parade and ruin the party. Stock up on umbrellas for stormy weather (or flip flops for shine!) to prepare for unexpected weather snafus.

Throwing an outdoor wedding? Include a fun pair of sunglasses in your welcome bags. Extra points for adding a disposable camera to capture those had-to-be-there moments.

Cassidy Brooke Photography

Throwing an outdoor wedding? Include a fun pair of sunglasses in your welcome bags. Extra points for adding a disposable camera to capture those had-to-be-there moments.

Paint over old antique furniture with pastel colors like mint, and re-purpose for a truly nostalgia-inducing dessert table.

Avec L’Amour Photography

Paint over old antique furniture with pastel colors like mint, and re-purpose for a truly nostalgia-inducing dessert table.

Not only can you direct your guests to the next stop of the party with a welcome sign, but you can also add your hashtag for an Insta-worthy affair.

Daniel Lateulade Photography

Not only can you direct your guests to the next stop of the party with a welcome sign, but you can also add your hashtag for an Insta-worthy affair.

Ready to get crafty? Boho couples will love this unique chevron wooden ceremony backdrop composed of re-claimed wood panels and gold laser-cut lettering.

Bek Grace

Ready to get crafty? Boho couples will love this unique chevron wooden ceremony backdrop composed of re-claimed wood panels and gold laser-cut lettering.

Add rustic touches to your tablescape by adding fresh greenery and using calligraphed leaves as table cards. As a nod to her childhood, this bride used leaves from a magnolia tree in her backyard.

geneoh photography

Add rustic touches to your tablescape by adding fresh greenery and using calligraphed leaves as table cards. As a nod to her childhood, this bride used leaves from a magnolia tree in her backyard.

Fall brides can go seasonal with their wedding favors by giving out mini baskets full of fresh cherries. If you're a foodie, consider adding your favorite cherry pie recipe for a personal touch.

Chantal Andrea Photography

Fall brides can go seasonal with their wedding favors by giving out mini baskets full of fresh cherries. If you’re a foodie, consider adding your favorite cherry pie recipe for a personal touch.

Create a casual vibe for your backyard reception with long picnic tables and twinkly lights hanging overhead.

Alixann Loosle Photography

Create a casual vibe for your backyard reception with long picnic tables and twinkly lights hanging overhead.

Set up a popcorn stand where guests can munch on movie theater or kettle corn popcorn and re-fuel for the late-night dancing.

For the Love of It

Set up a popcorn stand where guests can munch on movie theater or kettle corn popcorn and re-fuel for the late-night dancing.

To create an intimate vibe, this couple opted for low-hanging edison bulbs strung from a floral chandelier, a cool urban touch against the floral décor.

Erin Jean Photography

To create an intimate vibe, this couple opted for low-hanging edison bulbs strung from a floral chandelier, a cool urban touch against the floral décor.

This couple created a barnyard haven with cozy blanket-covered hay bales, tree-stump seats and candle lit mason jars, plus with pops of color like vibrant tangerine and bright pink.

Feather and Stone

This couple created a barnyard haven with cozy blanket-covered hay bales, tree-stump seats and candle lit mason jars, plus with pops of color like vibrant tangerine and bright pink.

This couple re-purposed an old barn door to create a stunning ceremony backdrop dressed with white roses and fresh greenery.

Jacqueline Campbell for Birds of a Feather

This couple re-purposed an old barn door to create a stunning ceremony backdrop dressed with white roses and fresh greenery.

A laid-back treat for post-dinner activities, treat your guests to popsicles that will keep your guests cool and refreshed throughout the evening.

Krista A. Jones Photography

A laid-back treat for post-dinner activities, treat your guests to popsicles that will keep your guests cool and refreshed throughout the evening.

Say cheese! Make those big-day moments Instagram-worthy with this life-sized photo booth that will be a sure hit with your fun-loving guests.

Nadia Meli Photography

Say cheese! Make those big-day moments Instagram-worthy with this life-sized photo booth that will be a sure hit with your fun-loving guests.

This barnyard wedding featured a huge DIY wooden board featuring a heart made of criss-crossed string and seating assignments pinned on floral fabric.

Paper Antler

This barnyard wedding featured a huge DIY wooden board featuring a heart made of criss-crossed string and seating assignments pinned on floral fabric.

Elevate your backyard with elegant white table runners, lush centerpieces and romantic candelabras. It's also important to stick to a crisp, neutral color palette to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.

Kurt Boomer Photography

Elevate your backyard with elegant white table runners, lush centerpieces and romantic candelabras. It’s also important to stick to a crisp, neutral color palette to create the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.

Seating doesn't have to be stuffy. Go with low-lying picnic benches and line your ceremony aisle with copper pails filled with rich autumnal foliage.

Tec Petaja

Seating doesn’t have to be stuffy. Go with low-lying picnic benches and line your ceremony aisle with copper pails filled with rich autumnal foliage.

Allow your guests to grab-and-go (and skip the lines!) with this unexpected idea — a canoe bar! No need to tend this station, just add ice and toss in the drinks.

Jeff Sampson Photography

Allow your guests to grab-and-go (and skip the lines!) with this unexpected idea — a canoe bar! No need to tend this station, just add ice and toss in the drinks.

Pass out ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwiches served from a vintage bicycle cart for a seriously sweet way to end the night!

Jose Villa

Pass out ice cream chocolate chip cookie sandwiches served from a vintage bicycle cart for a seriously sweet way to end the night!

Garden enthusiasts and nature-loving couples alike will love gifting these seed packet wedding favors.

Jason and Anna Photography

Garden enthusiasts and nature-loving couples alike will love gifting these seed packet wedding favors.

Mix and match armoirs and vintage chairs for an eclectic reception space that's both charming and intimate.

Studio Castillero

Mix and match armoirs and vintage chairs for an eclectic reception space that’s both charming and intimate.

Have your guests play ice-breakers before the reception like this "I Spy" Instagram scavenger hunt, where guests snap pictures and post the couples' hashtag.

Leo Patrone Photography

Have your guests play ice-breakers before the reception like this “I Spy” Instagram scavenger hunt, where guests snap pictures and post the couples’ hashtag.