Still looking for those special finishing touches to make your backyard wedding a day to remember? Here’s some magical garden wedding ideas I’ve found that will inspire you.
After all what’s a wedding without flowers? You want your ultimate celebration day to be uniquely you. Flowers are your signature. Best of all most of these backyard wedding ideas are DIY friendly so you can spend your wedding budget on other things, like your dress!
1. Add greenery and flowers to your wedding seating
Use natural vines along with a few of your wedding flowers to decorate the back row of chairs. On a budget? This could easily be done with cut flowers from the store or even flowers from your garden or a neighbors! Add some tree fern or asparagus fern to get that wispy look you see here. Use ivy or some other trailing vine to drape down the chair leg. Tie your flower bunches together with florist wire and then finish it off with twine for a rustic look.
2. Hang greenery and flower stalks from a ladder or arbor
Use your wedding flowers and greenery to decorate an old ladder. You could hang it from a back porch, suspend it from a tree or between two trees. Use real or artificial flowers and fill in with real greenery to create this look. I can see some fairy lights on top if your celebration is in the evening or late afternoon. Simply tie the flower stalks on – faux flowers will be easier – by using cup hooks inserted into the ladder. Use heavy rope or a chain to hang the ladder from an S hook on a tree or an overhanging porch roof.
3. Make a charming candleholder with glassware, flowers and twine
How about having several of these running down the center of your table? Or at the center of each table. All you need is some heavy duty glassware, lavender stalks, twine, candles and rubber bands. Depending on your wedding flowers and colors, use lavender or any vertical flower with a fairly sturdy stalk. Daisies, roses, stock or sunflowers for example. Lavender is nice because the flowers grow along the stalk and cover the glass. You might need to use touch of glue to hold them against the glass, then wrap a loose rubber band around them. Loosely wrap around with twine as shown.
4. Hanging lanterns with wedding bouquet flowers
Super easy way of adding a touch of your wedding decor around your back yard. Buy some inexpensive lanterns from HomeGoods, Walmart or Home Depot. Create small floral bouquets or just greenery with a few flowers and wire them to the top of the lantern. Use chunky rope to loop through the top of the lantern with enough to securely tie around tree branches. Vary the length of your rope and the height of the lanterns. Attach the bouquet, add the candle and don’t forget to light it once the party’s started!
5. Hanging bottles with flowers
Hanging bottles from a tree with rope is very budget friendly and another way to carry your wedding flower theme throughout. Use an inexpensive glass bottle like the Viljestark from IKEA. Wrap twine around the neck of the bottle and knot so you have two long pieces of twine to hang from your tree branch. Passing the twine all around the branch before knotting will make sure these don’t fall on someone’s head. Fill halfway with water with a watering can, then add your flowers!
6. Mason jars hanging in a tree with lights
Here’s a pretty idea for hanging mason jars with candles. Have fun with the different combinations! You could use real candles and flowers, or battery operated candles (more expensive). Budget tea lights would give you this look too. For a beachy theme, add a little sand or shells. For a boho vibe, add some crystals or beads along your rope. You can even attach flowers along the rope by buying a string of flowers and tying on the rope or let the string of flowers hang between your jars. Find mason jars on Amazon with handles so you can tie your rope easily. Or these pink ones at Target are sweet too.
7. Fairy lights around the trees
If you’ve got some trees in your backyard don’t forget to add fairy or twinkle lights around the base as shown here. If there isn’t a way to plug them in, just use battery operated LED string lights. Perfect for a late afternoon or evening celebration. Especially if you create intimate seating areas for guests to linger.
8. Create a boho seating area with pallet tables
Simply stack three pallets on top of each other to create a long casual table for guests. If you’re hosting a post ceremony reception, this is a perfect boho hang out. Dress it up with a series of table runners or several yards of pretty fabric. Add some inexpensive glass vases with flowers (you can even use pretty pop bottles in different colors). Provide some inexpensive bedspreads or tablecloths for “seating” on the grass and add colored pillows so guests can have a little lounge. This can be as dressed up or down as you like! How about some trailing vines down the middle of the table?
9. Farmhouse table dessert buffet
Picture this buffet on your back porch with a massive wedding cake as the centerpiece. And all the silverware, bottles, napkins and glassware arranged around it. Or you could do a dessert buffet like this one, with lots of yummy treats stacked up in tiers. Use flat boxes and tiered cake stands to display everything. Use wood or metal to get a rustic vibe. Flowers and eucalyptus leaves are the wow factor here, but you could easily substitute your own wedding florals. Just make sure they’re large and colorful to get this look.
10. Create a rustic table centerpiece with cloches
What’s a cloche? Well it’s that glass dome usually used for starting seeds, protecting a cake or as a decorative accent like this. You can find simple glass ones on Wayfair. They also carry cloches with a wooden base like the one in the photo. These are so much fun to decorate with! Use your wedding flowers, moss, shells whatever works with your wedding theme. Adding different types of moss both inside and outside the cloche will give it a realistic rustic feel. Michaels has lots of different types of moss to choose from. Once again varying the height and size of each cloche gives the best look.
12. Woodland bride and groom reception table
If you have the room and a large backyard or garden, picture this elegant bride and groom reception table. Using indoor furniture outside makes it special and the rustic arch adorned with flowers and feathers adds that special touch. Simply use furniture you already have or borrow what you need! Dress the table with your flowers and matching candles. A few lanterns is a nice touch especially at the end of the special day. This could easily make a beautiful fall wedding idea too.