The backyard wedding: Everyone has been to one, been in one, or knows someone that was married in their (or someones) backyard. My parents were married in the backyard of my grandparents house. For a long time, the backyard wedding was used as a way to cut expenses or to hold a more low key celebration than a traditional wedding. But times have changed and trends have come and gone and the backyard wedding is being popularized more and more as a mainstream wedding venue.
It doesn’t seem to matter whether a couple is wealthy and holding the most extravagant event ever seen or penny pinching to make the most of their budget, using a backyard as a wedding venue is becoming a very popular trend. Hell even Kendra & Hank Baskett were married on their reality show in a backyard… granted, it was Hugh Hefner’s mansion backyard, but still my point being made. There are pros and cons to the backyard venue, however, I will find pros and cons of every venue; and every couple looking for a venue for their wedding should look to find the pros and (especially) the cons before booking. It is just good practice. Not to disregard anyplace that has something wrong or a little off, but so you know what you are getting before hand rather than finding out on your wedding day.
I love backyard weddings personally. They are challenging to work, they make me think more creatively, and they have some of the most fun environments. All of which make me strive to produce the best possible images I can. It is difficult most of the time (mainly for portraits) but just like anything that I do, I don’t want to be able to fly through it with ease. That’s when you get sloppy or bored or lazy. Why are puzzles so popular for kids? Because they have a challenge and give great satisfaction when completed. So yes, in a way, backyard weddings are like the puzzles of wedding venues… as weird as that sounds.
You don’t need to be on a budget and be forced into having a backyard as your venue (you should never be forced to do anything for your wedding, always make it a choice), and even if you have a ridiculously high budget you can consider a backyard venue. It just works. Below are a few images from various backyard weddings. Some with higher budgets than the others, but all unique and wonderful in their own way. And because of the great time I had at each one, I know the brides and grooms will remember their day maybe even more than if they were married at any other “traditional” venue.