Low-key backyard wedding

19Aug08

I’ve always loved the idea of a backyard wedding. My parents have a lovely backyard, but it’s nowhere big enough to host a wedding. The boy’s parents have a huge backyard, but they just put an offer on another house with much less acrage. So, that dream will likely have to stay just a dream, but I can always use the inspiration board to show what I would have done.

The boy and I have talked about having down-home food at our reception, as we are both BBQ lovers, we were thinking of having one of the local chains cater. I love the idea in this first photo, the theme of the wedding was school, so their guests had boxed lunches, and they put a sticker with their names and wedding date on the box. Not only adorable, but thrifty too!

This site is a great resource for glass beverage containers at resonable prices. One of my favorite ideas is using a brown paper bag as a favor bag. You don’t have to be super crafty (and Lord knows I’m not) to pull this one off. You could even use a colorful stamp, or even white bags with a colored stamp for a more dramatic look.

Chalk boards would be brilliant used as table numbers, or if you could find wee little ones, as escort cards. I’m a huge fan of Jenny Yoo’s dresses. They’re stylish and I love the mix and match options that are available. Best of all, unlike a lot of dress designers that I’ve fallen in love with, several local shops carry her collection. The cost of the dress is less than $1,000, and there is also a shorter version of the dress available for less than $700. Not a real steal, but with the money you’re saving on space rental, you could afford to spend a bit more on the dress.

I love the idea of carnival food for the cocktail hour, corn dogs and funnel cakes especially! Christmas tree lights, small lanterns or even the ubiquitous Chinese lanterns that everyone is using would look very whimsical strung around a tent or hanging from trees.

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