August 9, 2022


If you are like me, you were completely an utterly enchanted by the backyard wedding featured in Farther of the Bride. I loved everything about that, and I think there is something to be said about using the venue you can find literally in your own back yard. 

Over nearly a decade in the wedding industry, I have seen some magical backyard events, and there are ways to create an elevated event out of that familiar space. Here are a few of my favorite backyard wedding tips:

  1. RENT A BATHROOM. Yes, this is a thing. Bougie Porta-Johns are a huge deal, and seem to be getting bigger and bigger. This tip is guaranteed to make everyone that much more comfortable. (If you are in Northern Minnesota, this place will hook you up!)
  2. SPLURGE ON DECORATIONS: Without the venue rental charge, your budget might be a bit more free to really dive deep into decorations and decorate the love out of the space. High top table rentals, big statement pieces (like an extra dramatic archway), florals upon florals…because you have spent less, you will be able to do more.
  3. TAKE THE TIME TO DECORATE. Depending on whose backyard you chose, you might have early access to decorate early. This will allow for a little greater attention to details with your elements you have chosen from #2. This is probably the most practical of the backyard wedding tips. No need to rush the morning of; you can get some things done ahead of time and actually take the time because you won’t have to wait for an onsite planner to let you in. You can have your own styled shoot because you will have as much time as you need to get as close to perfect as possible. 
  4. BE CREATIVE WITH CATERING: There are a lot of venues that require the use of the onsite person (or to work with someone who has been pre-approved). The use of your backyard means you aren’t tied to any menu, so you can pretty have whatever you want!  I would still recommend a caterer or food truck to limit your stress (you know I love me some food truck). 
  5. MAKE IT MATTER: This piece of property might have meaning for you beyond the wedding day, and I say lean heavy into those feels. Celebrate the part this place plays in your past while making it the setting of your future. 

What is your favorite backyard wedding tip?

Kayla Lee is a Minnesota-based wedding and elopement photographer. She provides services to elegant, authentic, sentimental couples who not only choose their own adventures, but also live them to the fullestSee more about the KLP Wedding Experience!

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After fourteen years as a high school educator, I stepped back through a door I thought was closed. Journalism came back into my life. Armed with a Masters of Arts in Communication, I was again challenged and prepared to tell the stories that would become history, but with a twist: It is now your legacy of love that I document. The tension I seek is that from every tear, smile, laugh, and moment of love on your wedding day. 


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