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Ideas for Planning an Intimate Backyard Wedding for Fall

Fall wreath by Craftaholics Anonymous

By their very nature, backyard weddings are intimate, warm, cozy affairs. Plus their setting is often familiar and well-loved by the couple—most likely a family home garden one of them grew up in. Right there, you have the perfect elements for a wedding in the fall! The weather is ideal for a lovely outdoor ceremony, followed by al fresco dining in the cool autumn air. To get you all excited to pull this look together for your own nuptials, here is some fabulous inspiration from wedding sites we love!


Being outdoors allows you to place lovely heartwarming touches everywhere. Gorgeous fall florals atop tree stumps (1), for instance. Or a lush wreath (7) greeting guests from the front door. Plus a DIY kraft paper guest book (5) for them to leave their well wishes for you!

Long tables (6) are in right now, as an alternative to the traditional round ones for 8. And they work just perfectly for a backyard setting with a family-style dinner of autumn harvest food like roasted turkey, sweet potatoes, stews, and soups. Lay out burlap runners, wildflower centerpieces, and fun favors in bright autumn colors at each place setting. Then, imagine this scene all aglow from string lights overhead once evening falls! This arrangement makes it easy for guests to mingle plus you don’t have to worry about tedious seating assignments.

In keeping with the homey atmosphere, what could be more fitting than a pie bar (4) all laid out with family favorites, specialties of the locale, or even potluck contributions from relatives and friends! Think of autumn favorites like pumpkin, pecan, apple, and pear. And to keep everyone all warm and snuggly, a hot apple cider station with a simple chalkboard sign (2) and thick wool blankets (3) or throws would be more than welcome.

Ideas for a cozy backyard wedding in the fall with a cider bar, pie table, and gorgeous long reception tables

Planning a backyard wedding for yourselves this autumn? What cozy and charming details are you having? Do share in the comments below.

Image credits:

1 – Outdoor florals via Bridal Musings
2 – Hot cider sign via Michelle Wade
3 – Blankets via Anastasiya Belik
4 – Pie bar via Martha Stewart Weddings [or Shanna Lumpkin Events] 5 – Guest book via Polka Dot Bride
6 – Long tables via The Sweetest Occasion
7 – Wreath via Craftaholics Anonymous

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