2020 said “not so fast” to all couples planning big, banquet-hall weddings. That didn’t stop *marriages* from happening. A backyard wedding is quickly becoming the way to wed, and it’s hard to see any cons.
Like plenty of others, the big parts of this couple’s wedding day got postponed. You’re not alone if this happened to you, too. If you’re looking to keep your original date though, why not have close friends and family gathered in the backyard your family home? Although the “party” won’t be until later, all the important elements remain when you mini-marry in your backyard.
Unlike a bigger wedding and reception, an elopement at home only requires a few key things. You’ll need: an officiant, a photographer, some chairs, flowers, and your favorite food.
Another thing to factor in is the weather; have a tent on standby in case it decides to rain.
You should plan your ceremony around the time the sunset. Why? If you have your ceremony outside in the afternoon, the sun will be shining directly above you. This will cast a harsh shadow under your eyes and nose, and we don’t want that! Plus, golden hour wedding portraits are just so beautiful.
A fun little bonus if it’s not too hot: have a little fire pit and chairs ready for your guests to hang out by post-dinner. It makes for some excellent candid photos.
Sometimes, guests want their own mini shoot at the wedding. I’m all about it.
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