Every bride can’t wait to see how her wedding turns out after all of the tedious planning. This is even more true for the DIY bride. Instead of just choosing your details, you are creating them from scratch (or recreating something you’ve seen somewhere), not knowing just how it may turn out.
One of the biggest rewards was seeing how everything worked together to establish that “look” we were trying to create for our backyard wedding, and better yet, having our guests tell us how great it looked. I’m sure most of them were rather skeptical when they heard we were having a backyard wedding. The first thing people think, is backyard bbq. Our goal was to transform the backyard into a wedding venue where people felt like they were at a wedding, not at a cookout. We were successful!
It truly takes a few little details to make your wedding what you want it to be.
The decision to use white wooden chairs vs. metal chairs made a huge difference. And although they each cost a few dollars more, it was well worth it. Adding the colored table overlays is another affordable addition that helped bring out the colors of our wedding.
The favors were affordable and doubled as place cards. This saved money and although it wasn’t something we took into account, having the cards attached to the tins kept them from blowing away. Our wedding day turned out to be fairly breezy.
When I first set up the tables, I was concerned the mason jars were not enough as centerpieces but when the flowers were added it all came together and looked perfect!
The table numbers were something extra I decided to do to incorporate the bird theme since it really wasn’t being incorporated as much as I had intended. They were subtle and kept with the more natural, outdoor look we were going for.
Speaking of the bird theme, the bird cage is still one of my favorite ideas. I took the birdcage card holder idea to the next level when I found this birdcage at Marshall’s. Being outside this really stood out and added that extra something to the wedding.
The lights lit up the backyard perfectly! Many people doubted that they would put off enough light once the sun went down but they really created the ambiance I was looking for and lit up the yard more than enough. My in-laws decided to keep the perimeter lights up for the rest of the summer.
Between the string lights and the mason jars the backyard became a beautiful glowing party at night.
Although these DIY decorations transformed the backyard into a wedding venue, the beauty of the yard itself set the perfect backdrop and deserved to be dressed up for the occasion. We are so grateful to have been able to have our wedding where my husband grew up and even more grateful that it was a success!