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25 Ideas for a Wedding at Home

Ongoing concerns with the pandemic forced so many 2020 couples to change their wedding plans. Some couples postponed, hoping for better news in 2021. Others forged ahead, making the best of the new situation while reducing their headcounts, embracing technology to include those who can't attend in person, and relocating to their own homes. 

 “A backyard setting makes for the perfect pivot plan! Not only is it personal, but it generally feels intimate and inclusive," say the experts at HoneyFitz Events. "There are many wonderful reasons to gather your family and friends in the backyard, and it can be done with safety measures in mind.” 

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    When it comes to your décor, survey your yard and take advantage of what you already have. A simple white fence can be the perfect backdrop for your ceremony. Add a homemade arch to mark the spot where you'll exchange vows.

    "I have always loved at home weddings. Not only are they intimate but very meaningful to celebrate at the house you are making a home by becoming a family. What a great way to make memories in your home," says Danielle Aspromatis, owner, D’Luxe Events.

    Photo: Lisa Hibbert Photography / Event Planning: D’Luxe Events / Flowers: J&M Florals

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Sometimes, you don't even need to add any decorations. A gorgeous tree provided a stunning natural backdrop for this couple's vows.

    Photo: Vitae Weddings / Event Planning: HoneyFitz Events

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Thanks to COVID-19, this couple only felt comfortable including their parents in person. But luckily, it's never been easier to live-stream your wedding. They set up a phone in the middle aisle to capture video for their loved ones to watch from afar.

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Seeing the doors swing open to reveal the bride is one of those moments some brides-to-be dream about for years. The father of the bride custom-built this ceremony archway the morning of the wedding. 

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Grab a simple throw rug (or even a nice blanket) to mark the spot where you'll share your first kiss as a married couple. 

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Don't stress about the seating — simple tailgating chairs provide your guests with comfort while watching your ceremony. You can even ask guests to bring their own chairs if you don't have enough. 

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    There's something undeniably romantic about being able to take a picture in front of your own home right after you become a married couple. 

  • Photo Inspiration

    Photo Inspiration

    Take a romantic stroll down your street post-nuptials and capture some photos you'll truly always treasure. 

  • Ceremony Ideas

    Ceremony Ideas

    Create a picture-perfect makeshift arch by suspending tulle from two trees, accented by pretty lanterns.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Create a tent out of nothing but string lights! Not only does it give off such a romantic vibe, but it'll also light up the night. 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Add some color — bright ribbons suspended from tree branches increase the fun factor at your reception.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Embrace the intimacy of a wedding at home with a relaxed picnic-inspired seating plan. 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    If social distancing is your top concern, take advantage of all the space your home has to offer — set up some tables and chairs on your grass, while others are on the deck or patio. 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Dress up your pool with floral arrangements for an unexpected touch. 

    Photo: Daytime Photography

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    A clear tent protects you from the elements while also providing a wonderful backdrop for your décor. Splurge on romantic lighting, like chandeliers and string lights. 

    "A more intimate gathering can be equally as special as the intended large gathering," says Jordan Kentris of A Good Day. "Taking the original budget and spreading it towards a smaller quantity of pieces can allow for some more luxurious touches to be created."

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Take advantage of all your home has to offer, and bring the indoors out! Instead of renting furniture, simply bring your living room furniture outdoors to create a cozy cocktail lounge.

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings with floral arrangements that'll pop. 

    "An intimate backyard wedding does not have to be boring! It can be just as special as the big celebration most couples plan," says Jess of Cheers Babe Photo. "Even though it looked different than planned — namely, it took place in the groom's childhood backyard with just the couple's immediate family present — the day was incredibly beautiful and memorable." 

  • Reception Décor

    Reception Décor

    Get a little extra privacy by installing just enough fencing to cover you reception space. Bonus: it serves as a great space to add some fun décor elements.

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    Including your four-legged friend is even easier when your wedding is right at your own home. 

    “While many couples have had to tweak their original plans to make a 2020 wedding happen, there is something so special about these intimate celebrations," says Nora Sheils, founder of Bridal Bliss. "These smaller events are a great opportunity to really personalize the event and include elements that you may not have otherwise."

    Photo: La Vie Photography / Event Planning: Bridal Bliss

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    "Add a fun, interactive element to the backyard reception, like this camper turned photobooth for guests to enjoy! Bonus: the pictures can serve as a guestbook and tangible memories from the day," says Stephanie Sadowski of SRS Events.

    Photo: Alicia Lacey Photography / Event Planning: SRS Events / Photobooth: Marigold Bus and Booth

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    A camper can also be transformed into a cute bar!

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    Surprise your guests by having an ice cream truck swing by at the end of the night for goodies.

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    Have some fun and shower your guests with treats from a pair of piñatas.

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    Balloons and bubbles add to the cozy, homespun vibe of this backyard reception.

  • Fun Extras

    Fun Extras

    End the night with a dip in the pool! Oversized floats create the perfect photo props. 

25 Ideas for a Wedding at Home

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