If you were one of those little girls who could barely be dragged indoors during the summertime, a wedding in your own backyard is probably “calling to you.” If so, these ideas from Mary Rosenbaum Photographs will help you envision how very ordinary surroundings can turn into magical memories. Take the natural “lay of the land” into consideration, of course: if you’ve got a very small yard, you may need to move your outdoor wedding plans to another location, such as a park. But you can still have a “backyard” feel to the event — as relaxed, informal, and casual as you want to make it. What time of year and day will you have your wedding? Work with the season; afternoons work well for cooler seasons, while morning or evening work well for the heat of summer.
Hold your ceremony in the prettiest place you can find — or make a pretty place by putting together an arbor or having your florist decorate a trellis for you. Remember to set up chairs with enough space so guests aren’t too crammed in…and dress the chairs up however you like; bows or bouquets are a good choice. Do you have a barn or other venerable family building where pictures would work? Don’t hesitate to use it, just be sure the grounds are as clean as you can get them. Best of all, a backyard wedding means you can have a relaxed approach to everything from dresses to flowers; you can “err” on the side of comfort rather sophistication. This is the place for simple boutonnieres, nosegay bouquets, and ballet slippers. Select a beautiful place, find some simple accessories to dress it up, and relax…you’ll be amazed how elegant nature can be as a ceremony or reception setting.