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Backyard Wedding Ideas to Take Your Wedding To the Next Level

Aug 17, 2007
There is little as intimate as a garden wedding. The good news is that with the right backyard wedding ideas you can transform your garden into a wedding paradise. And this is true regardless of whether you are marrying in the gardens of a local mansion, in your own backyard wedding ceremony, or are having a beachfront wedding. With the right backyard wedding ideas you can create that perfect wedding memory that will last you for years to come.

Start With a Wedding Tent
Regardless of where you live, the weather is just too unpredictable to risk not having a tent. Even if you live in Southern California and are getting married in a time when it never rains, you never know when that freak storm's going to hit. You'd hate to be unprepared if it chooses your wedding day so the first backyard wedding idea is to invest in the purchase or rental of a tent large enough to cover your wedding party in an emergency and to provide shade for your wedding guests.

Put the Wedding Cake Table under the Protection of the Tent on a Sturdy Table
Backyard wedding idea number two is to simply protect your investment in the masterpiece you commissioned that is your wedding cake by putting it inside the tent. Leave a side wall open, if you like so that your cake cutting pictures will have the beauty of the wedding garden in the background, but protect your wedding cake from birds flying overhead and the intensity of the sun.

Likewise, use the folding table for something else. A wedding cake needs a sturdy table that won't wobble when a guest bumps into it.

Put the Pets Away
For so many reasons, but primarily because of the inherent unpredictability of animals your next backyard wedding idea is to control the movements of your pets. Perhaps this means putting them in a kennel for your wedding day. Maybe it simply means having them on a leash. It's better than having Fido lovingly push grandma into the middle of the spread your caterers put out for your reception.

Build a Gazebo or a Wedding Arch
This backyard wedding idea will add beauty to your wedding ceremony. A bride and groom framed with their pastor, rabbi, or priest by a tastefully decorated gazebo or wedding arch with manicured foliage in the background is a picture perfect setting.

Accent with Lights
The whole point of your wedding decorations is to create an inviting space that shouts welcome to your guests. So this backyard wedding idea is as follows: Using small lights like rope lights to line arches, windows, and doorways is a backyard wedding idea that achieves just that even if your wedding and reception is in the middle of a sun filled day. Just that extra touch of light has a way of inviting people in.

Don't be Afraid to Theme Your Wedding
Remember, backyard wedding ideas don't lock you into a floral themed (or cactus themed) wedding. I heard recently of a couple who found an outdoor location to create a Lord of the Rings themed wedding. That might be a bit much for most of us, but it proves that your options are limited only to your imagination, budget, and nerve. Dream. You're backyard wedding ideas might create something people will talk about for years.
About the Author
Jeanette Shinn is a wedding professional with over a dozen years experience making dreams come alive. Find the perfect garden wedding ideas at her website http://www.ExcitingWeddingFavors.com.
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