photographer: Emilia Jane Photography | planner, design, & décor: Bliss Events Chicago | venue: private residence
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17 Small Backyard Weddings That Prove Home is Where the Heart Is

Even as the country begins to reopen, many couples are still choosing to celebrate their wedding day with a smaller guest list. It’s true, small backyard weddings are as popular as ever as couples look for creative ways to host their dream celebration.

These 17 small backyard weddings prove that the perfect venue is closer than you think. After all, “Home is where the heart is.” Just ask cross-stitched pillows.

A talented wedding planner and design team can easily transform your backyard into a dream setting. Imagine walking down a freshly-mown lawn covered in rose petals as a string quartet plays a beautiful processional song. Or picture yourself exchanging vows on a back porch covered in your favorite flowers or enjoying a delicious meal under a canopy of twinkling lights. Whether you are savoring that first bite of wedding cake or posing for a romantic portrait as your closest friends light up the night with hand-held sparklers, there’s no place like home. 

We’ve looked at thousands of events to bring you some of our favorite small backyard weddings (along with the skilled event professionals that can bring any unique vision to life). From secluded gardens and sprawling lawns to lakefronts and stately patios, it’s time to rediscover the comforts of home.

1. Small Backyard Wedding Designed by a Celebrity Planner

Intimate Pandemic Wedding with Virtual Guests and a Celebrity Planner Host

photographer: With Love & Embers

New Haven, CT

This young couple thought they would have to postpone their wedding due to COVID-19. Luckily, Celebrity Wedding Planner David Tutera teamed up with PartySlate to create a beautiful backyard-tent wedding with plenty of virtual guests in attendance. Peach and baby blues set the winning color palette, while small cocktail tables allowed guests to socially distance in style.  

photographer: With Love & Embers | planner: David Tutera Planning and Design | décor: Butterfly Floral & Event Design | venue: private residence | videographer: Impressive Creations | inspiration & marketing partner: PartySlate | custom chocolate favors: SoBelle Favors | invitations & graphics: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

2. Small Backyard Wedding With Vibrant Uplighting & a Sparkler Send Off

Glamorous Intimate Wedding at Private Residence in Parkland, FL

photographer: Focused on Forever

Parkland, FL

A pandemic can’t stop true love. This couple transformed their backyard into the wedding venue of their dreams with vibrant uplighting and artful floral centerpieces. And although the couple stayed close to home that night, a sparkler “send off” made for a beautiful photo op and lifelong memories.

photographer & videographer: Focused on Forever | planner: Your Special Day by Joni | décor: Dalsimer Atlas Floral and Event Decorators | venue: private residence | caterer: Alexander Event Catering | entertainment: Mike Sipe | cake: We Take the Cake | beauty: Jill Oscar

3. Small Backyard Wedding With Landscaped Backdrops

Intimate and Romantic Outdoor Wedding in San Francisco, CA

photographer: Cheers Babe Photo

San Francisco, CA

You’ve put a lot of energy into making your backyard inviting and picturesque. With a little imagination (and the right design team), it’s a small step to transform your garden into the perfect wedding venue. This happy couple took advantage of the lush landscaping for their beautiful ceremonial backdrop. Even the wedding cake was right at home with its crown of lavish foliage. 

photographer: Cheers Babe Photo | décor: Amanda Vidmar Design | venue: private residence | beauty: Beauty by Lia

4. Small Backyard Wedding With Organic Aisle Décor

Intimate and Elegant Los Angeles Wedding

photographer: Lilly Glass

Los Angeles, CA

A wealth of white petals scattered over freshly mown lawn creates an all-natural (and incredibly beautiful) wedding aisle. Terraced landscaping also offers an impressive ceremonial backdrop, while lucite seating keeps nature at the forefront of your celebration. Even the luxe reception table at this backyard wedding fit in harmoniously with the environment with its neutral palette and clusters of lavish white blooms.

photographer: Lilly Glass | planner & design: David Pressman Events | décor: Lilla Bello | venue: private residence | tabletop: Theoni Collection | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | rentals: Premiere Party Rents | caterer: Food by Lene | entertainment: Kid Fish & Pacific Coast Strings | cake: The Butter End Cakery | makeup: Kira Nasrat | hair: Kelsey Gusto

5. Small Backyard Wedding With Ethereal Drapery

Micro Backyard Blue and White Wedding

photographer: Emilia Jane Photography

Kenilworth, IL

Ethereal tenting offers guests the intimacy and seclusion of a secret garden. We especially love how bright yellow centerpieces are paired with sky-blue and cloud-white drapery for a look that evokes pure summer sky. Other dreamy details from this backyard-tent wedding include personalized lemon décor, wicker plate chargers, and crisp-white linen.

photographer: Emilia Jane Photography | planner, design, & décor: Bliss Events Chicago | venue: private residence | tenting: Blue Peak

6. Small Backyard Wedding Filled With Candlelight & Greenery

Intimate Backyard Micro Wedding at a Private Residence

photographer: Ines Zrinski

San Francisco, CA

After being forced to cancel their original wedding plans due to COVID-19, this couple chose to exchange vows and celebrate in the beauty of their backyard. With the help of an esteemed event planner, this backyard space became an idyllic backdrop filled with artful floral displays, woodsy foliage, and glittering candlelight.

photographer: Ines Zrinski | planner: Pocketful Of Plans | décor: Seascape Flowers | venue: private residence | videographer: Iron and Fern | stationery design: Willemina Typography | cake: It’s All About The Cake | cocktails: Holy Spirits CA | rentals: Stockroom Picks

7. Small Backyard Wedding Set on a Rustic Pier

Charming and Intimate Wedding in Shelter Island, New York

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography

Shelter Island, NY

This couple exchanged vows amidst tranquil lakeshore views and endless blue sky. The wedding reception was equally charming with rustic details and summery floral arrangements. We especially love how monogrammed face masks and personalized-agate wedding favors made guests feel loved and cared for — even in uncertain times.

photographer: Phillip Van Nostrand Photography | planner & décor: Pejy Kash Events | venue: private residence | video: We-Do Productions

8. Small Backyard Wedding That’s Both Modern & Dreamy

Small wedding with mod vibe on the ocean

photographer: Jana Williams Photography

Los Angeles, CA

When your backyard leads down to the ocean, a backyard wedding becomes the obvious choice. This small backyard wedding wowed guests with modern seating and iridescent flooring. We also love how tropical foliage created a rich contrast with the contemporary décor. The reception was especially mesmerizing with glistening candlelight and sunset views.

photographer: The Good Photographer | planner & caterer: Good Gracious! Events | floral: Mille Fiori Floral Design Studio | entertainment: Angelica Strings & That Vibe | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | videographer: Hoo Films | cake: SusieCakes | lighting: Amber Event Production | rentals: Bright Event Rentals | dessert: Hannahs Bananas

9. Small Backyard Wedding With Sumptuous Seating

Magical Small Wedding at Private Residence in Los Angeles, CA

photographer: Gia Canali

Los Angeles, CA

Antique décor, rustic details, and dark woods made this small backyard wedding both stylish and romantic. Guests loved the sumptuous lounge areas and suspended lantern light. Other unique details from this dreamy wedding included a larger-than-life wooden menu and vintage bar area.   

photographer: Gia Canali | planner: Bob Gail Events | décor: JL Event Design | venue: private residence | entertainment: Bob Gail Music | rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Signature Party Rentals, Found Rentals, & Casa de Perrin | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | printing: Linen and Lace Designs | lighting: Peterson Event Lighting | calligrapher: Blot + Dot | caterer: Contemporary Catering and Event Production | makeup: Makeup Therapy | hair: Trina Duarte

10. Small Backyard Wedding With East Coast Vibes

Social Distancing Wedding at a Private Estate in Swampscott, MA

photographer: Lynne Reznick Photography

Swampscott, MA

Although COVID-19 forced this couple to postpone their original wedding plans, it couldn’t take away from the beautiful private ceremony and intimate wedding reception that followed. After exchanging vows on their back porch (with gorgeous Atlantic views), this beautiful couple headed indoors for an elegant dinner that proved once and for all how “home is where the heart is.”

photographer: Lynne Reznick Photography | planner: Urban Soirée | décor: Flowers by Darlene | venue: private residence | videographer: Jonny Havens | invitations: Emerald Invitations

11. Small Backyard Wedding With Pops of Color

Meredith + Chris Luxury Micro Wedding at Home

photographer: Chris Kruger Photography

Jupiter, FL

This small backyard wedding had guests reaching for their cameras at every turn. Mod tablescapes evoked “Kate Spade” with sleek pops of pink décor. We are also swooning over the acrylic pool covering, gold-rimmed glassware, and black-and-white striped wedding cake.

photographer: Chris Kruger Photography | planner: Fabuluxe Events | décor: Southern Floral Company | venue: private residence | catering: Catering CC – Chef Winston | cake: Johnson’s Custom Cakes | rentals: Atlas Event Rental & Absolute Party Rentals | linen: La Tavola Fine Linen | entertainment: Midnight Mike Mobile DJ

12. Small Backyard Wedding Set in a Winter Wonderland (Sort of)

Small Winter Wedding

photographer: Sonshine Girls Photography

Carefree, AZ

Winter in Arizona has never looked so magical. This small backyard wedding has us dreaming of the winter holidays with its evergreen table runner and crimson-red décor. Deep-red goblets glisten amidst plenty of candlelight, while bright-red roses and baby’s breath add a unique look to the traditional wedding cake.

photographer: Sonshine Girls Photography | venue: private residence | caterer: Tom and Lin Catering | bakery: Because Baked Goods | rentals: Bright Event Rentals

13. Small Backyard Wedding With an Arbor on the Move

Lovely Private Estate Wedding

photographer: Collin Pierson Photography

Lake Forest, IL

This backyard-tent wedding boasted both beauty and creativity. We love how the wedding party walked down the aisle with the wedding arbor in hand. Talk about a dramatic entrance. Other fun details from this intimate wedding include trees wrapped in photographs of the couple, as well as artistic (and delicious) cuisine. 

photographer: Collin Pierson Photography | planner: North Shore Weddings & Events | venue: private residence | tent: Blue Peak Tents | caterer: Limelight Catering

14. Small Backyard Wedding Fit for Man & Woman’s Best Friend

Beautiful Backyard Wedding at a Private Residence in California

photographer: Cheers Babe Photo

Los Angeles, CA

This small backyard wedding ceremony was a favorite with all guests — including the pup of honor. Simple (yet picturesque) wreaths hung outside the upstairs windows, while beautiful landscaping set the scene for a meaningful ceremony and heartwarming memories.

photographer: Cheers Babe Photo | design, décor, & rentals: Events, Etc… | venue: private residence | entertainment: VIPs Entertainment | invitations: Bella Figura | cake: The Woodside Bakery | beauty: Liz Makeup * Hair * Skincare

15. Small Backyard Wedding With Dynamic Lighting

Small Backyard Wedding Tent Reception With Creative Lighting | PartySlate

photo courtesy of: Bash! Special Events

Bellaire, TX

Creative lighting can transform your backyard into a top-notch venue. This modern backyard wedding — filled with crisp whites and lucite décor elements — became an enchanted garden come nightfall with a greenery-strung canopy complemented by foliage of pure light. Click to see other enchanting details from this at-home wedding like minimalist lounge area with an overhead floral installation. Talk about “wow.”

photo courtesy of & planner: Bash! Special Events | floral & décor: Let It Fly | venue: private residence | a/v: GTX Productions | tent: Acme Party and Tent | caterer: Laykie’s Gourmet

16. Small Backyard Wedding With Street-Side Dancing

Social-Distance Wedding With StreetSide Seating and Dancing in Designated Chalk Circles | PartySlate

photographer: Dave McIntosh

Washington, D.C.

While social-distancing precautions begin to ebb, we are still taking our cues from so many COVID-19 weddings — and the creativity that came along with them. We are obsessed with how this ordinary street became a joyous dance floor at this “front” yard wedding. Click to see how the front porch served as the perfect space for an exchange of vows thanks to unique décor elements like an orange chuppah (with orange face masks to match). 

photographer: Dave McIntosh | onsite event coordinator: Event Planning DC | floral design: Forget Me Knot Floral | virtual & hybrid event production & design | Innovative Party Planners | videographer & streaming: Focal Point Video | hair: Salon Quency

17. Small Backyard Wedding With Thoughtful Gifting

White Wedding Ceremony Seating With Party Favor on Each Seat | PartySlate

photo courtesy of: Forever Young Events

New York, NY

A small wedding (with a smaller guest list) means you can devote more time (and budget) to each individual guest. We love how guests found more than just their seats at this intimate lakeside wedding. Thoughtful gifts awaited each individual — making an already special event even sweeter. Make sure to see other thoughtful details like individually-packaged cupcakes and other desserts here.

photos courtesy of & planner: Forever Young Events


People Also Ask…

Where Can I Find Wedding Vendors for My Small Wedding?

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