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

While COVID-19 continues to temporarily force couples to rethink their wedding plans, many are rediscovering the beauty of their own backyards. Small backyard weddings are becoming increasingly popular as couples look for creative ways to host their dream celebration.

These 14 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.) From morning cups of coffee on the front porch to late night talks around the dinner table, home is where the best memories are made. With summer barbecues in the backyard and family-movie nights on snowy winter evenings, home sets the scene (and the calendar) for our most cherished interactions.

A talented event 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. 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