Depending on the location a backyard wedding reception can be a small intimate gathering or large gathering of friends and family members. When it comes to backyard wedding reception ideas it is all going to depend on what type of party you are planning on having on your big day. Before you even start working out any ideas for your reception you should first, decide what type of event you plan on having as planning a large party with lots of guests is much different than planning a small intimate wedding reception with only close family or friends.
Finding a Theme for Your Backyard Wedding Reception
If you are stuck on a theme for your wedding, there are several ways that you can take your wedding. You can go for more of a formal route and have a tea party theme or a vintage garden wedding. These themes are more formal in nature even though the event is in the backyard.
If you want more of a casual theme for your backyard wedding, consider a BBQ wedding reception or a picnic themed wedding. If you are on a budget and it’s going to be a small gathering you can even make it a cookout and potluck where you grill up some BBQ or hamburgers and have guests bring a side dish.
Don’t be afraid to use the outdoors to your advantage when it comes to coming up with a theme. For example you could easily just have your theme be flowers and the outdoors or you could have a “green” or organic wedding theme. This fits perfect with a backyard setting and you don’t have to spend a lot of money working on decorations to fit into the theme.
Decorating the Backyard for a Wedding
One of the main things you have to do when it comes to a backyard wedding reception is to decorate the space you will be occupying. This could mean a lot of different things depending on what type of reception you are going to be having.
One of the easiest ideas for decorations is to plant a bunch of flowers all over the yard. You can go to your local nursery and find tons of annuals that can be planted to decorate the area for the wedding. Just be sure that you plant the flowers several weeks (if weather permits) before the wedding so that the gardens are settled and you are not rushing last minute to get flowers into the ground.
Another idea for decorating is using fabric draped across different parts of the yard. You can even take some fabric that matches your wedding colors and drape it nicely along branches of trees. If you don’t want to spend money on fabric you can also take some nice thick ribbon and do the same with it.
Backyard Wedding Reception Pictures
One of the best ways to get backyard wedding reception ideas is to check out pictures of other weddings. There are plenty of books you can browse at the library or you can see if you can get some inspiration from some of the pictures below.
There are tons of different ideas that you can implement when it comes to your backyard wedding reception. Don’t be afraid to use your own personality as well as work with the space you have to make the most out of your wedding and have it be as perfect as you have always dreamt it would be.
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