6 Things to Consider When Hosting a Casual Backyard Wedding

No one said your wedding has to be some costly formal affair. In fact, casual weddings can often be the most fun. After all, it’s YOUR wedding, and if you and your beau are the laid-back type, a casual backyard wedding might just be the right choice for you. If you’re thinking of hosting this type of big day, here are a few key things to think about…

1. Location

If you or a family member has a spacious backyard, you might just have a free wedding venue on your hands. If not, look into local campgrounds, water-front properties, barns or gardens available for rent.

If you’re using your own yard, use the cash you save on renting a venue to give your backyard a gorgeous DIY makeover like Sherry and John of Young House Love!

2. Food

If you’re hosting a casual wedding, the food should definitely follow the casual trend, and what’s more fun and laid-back than grilling out?! If you’re looking for food ideas, be sure to check out the Reader’s Digest BBQ Recipes Guide, which is full of simple grilling recipes and tips, including this grilled vegetable bruschetta, which is easy enough to make on the grill but still classy enough for a wedding!

3. Drinks

The nice thing about choosing a less traditional, more casual wedding venue is that you’ll likely have a lot more options when it comes to alcohol — especially if you’re hosting the soiree in a private backyard!

This couple (whose wedding was shot by Skip Hopkins and seen on Martha Stewart Weddings) used a ’53 Chevy pickup and filled it with beer, including one variety brewed by the groom and a friend. Talk about fun and casual!

4. Dessert

You can also get really creative when it comes to desserts at a casual wedding! Just look as this amazing dessert table created by our own contributing writer Ashley of Eye Candy Event Design…

5. Decor

My favorite thing about hosting a casual wedding is that decor is 100% up to you, and it totally goes with the vibe to include lots of amazingly fun DIY elements! Just look at this gorgeous wedding shot by Dana Grant Boutique Photography

6. Entertainment

Nothing goes better with a casual backyard wedding than a fun, laid-back live band! Lena and Joshua brought in a local surf music band to play during their reception’s cocktail hour (as seen on Martha Stewart Weddings).

Are you hosting a casual wedding? If so, what fun, laid-back elements will you include?

About Nicole Denton

With a love of planning just about anything — from her own wedding, to bridal and baby showers, to dinner parties, and more – Nicole is the Plunge Project’s founder and former editor-in-chief. A New Jersey native, Nicole has called Chandler, Arizona home since 2013, where she currently lives with her husband Michael; two pit bulls, Shelby and Link; and cat, Kity Perry. A University of Tennessee graduate, Nicole has a bachelors in communications and a career at a rapidly-growing digital marketing firm.

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