Attended by Princes William and Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge herself, Kate Middleton, it really was the wedding of the year in the UK. The younger Middleton sister, Pippa, wed financier James Matthews in a private church ceremony. But the reception was held at the family’s Bucklebury manor with a lavish glass tent erected in the property’s manicured gardens. A backyard wedding can be sophisticated and charming if you add the right decorative touches.
1. Be realistic about the facilities
A backyard wedding can range from intimate to elaborate, but you’ll need to come up with a realistic head count before you proceed with outdoor wedding ideas. In addition to the square metres available, consider parking, restrooms and catering. Your chosen marquee company will need to visit your space in advance to ensure that the ground is level so if you’re planning your event at the height of wedding season, make sure to give plenty of notice.
2. Create a garden paradise
The beauty of a backyard wedding is that you have the opportunity to make the most of the natural surroundings. Plan your landscaping with the assistance of a gardener; they can tidy up the hedges and plant new borders to ensure a backyard bursting with blooms. Whether you prefer bunches of peonies or trailing ivy, make sure to continue the botanical theme with your table settings and floral arrangements.
3. Plan for all weather scenarios
Any expert wedding tips will include the necessity to plan for all weather possibilities. Yet this is particularly important when it comes to a backyard wedding, whether it’s on the grounds of an Italian villa or a seaside English cottage. Arrange colourful umbrellas in vintage metal stands just in case the heavens open: original, aesthetically pleasing yet highly practical.
4. Utilise a crisp colour palette
If you want your backyard wedding to look elegant rather than overly rustic, use a neutral colour palette. Crisp white linens, beige seating and calla lily arrangements will help create a fresh look that stands out against the greenery of the garden.
5. Use unusual lighting
Whimsical, twinkly lights in the trees have an enchanting effect. String Edison bulbs above the tables at the reception to lend an air of urban chic. Additional wedding tips suitable for an evening reception could include releasing paper lanterns into the air, a classically romantic way to end the event.
6. Create a personalised wedding backdrop
If you’re holding both the ceremony and reception in your garden, you could commission a personalised backdrop for the vows. Reclaimed wood, wrought iron, or a floral-inlaid archway are just a few ideas to consider. This backdrop can then double as a photo booth area later in the evening.
7. Go DIY with the bar and catering
An ice cream sundae bar or marshmallow toasting fire pit create spots for guests to gather and enjoy a sweet treat as the day wears on. Keep drinks cold in unexpected places such as vintage oak barrels or steamer trunks filled with ice.
Combine the backyard and destination wedding trends and plan your nuptials abroad. Peruse our properties in Spain for more outdoor wedding ideas and make yours a celebration to remember.