Small Backyard Wedding Ideas on a Budget

By Shannon Quinn
Small Backyard Wedding Ideas on a Budget

Looking for small backyard wedding ideas? After the recent world-wide events in 2020 and 2021, a lot of people were forced to cancel their wedding at a traditional venue. Even if you still want to have a wedding somewhere special, they typically limit the crowd to 25 to 50 people, depending on the space that is available. This is why so many people are beginning to transition to having a small backyard wedding and reception. A wedding like this can be beautiful, and feel far more intimate and romantic than a large wedding. Here are some amazing ideas to help get you started. 

The money you save in having a wedding at home could be enough for a patio makeover. Credit: Shutterstock

30. Invest the Venue Money Into a Backyard Makeover

According to the Motley Fool, the average cost of a wedding in the United States is $33,900. Yikes! A lot of people receive money from their parents in order to have their wedding, or they might go into credit card debt trying to make it happen. Now that so many people are forced to cancel their wedding venue, they most likely lost their initial deposit. But they still have extra money sitting in their wedding budget. Even if your budget was a fraction of the national average, those dollars will stretch incredibly far when you put that money towards landscaping instead.

Landscaping is a must if you’re going to have a backyard wedding. Credit: Shutterstock

Your wedding is only one day, but giving your backyard a makeover could last for years. If you’re planning to landscape for a backyard wedding, I highly recommend planting grass, or even paying a sod farm to bring in a perfect lawn. You might need more privacy for your ceremony, so the budget could be used towards installing a privacy fence. Even on a much smaller budget, you could still plant flowers, purchase a new lawn mower or sheers to manicure the garden, or even hire professional landscapers to come in and make sure everything looks great the weekend of the ceremony.