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DIY Backyard Wedding Checklist

There are lots of steps to planning a wedding from creating invitations to picking out a theme and settling on a wedding dress. But as the big day starts to near, it’s helpful to have a checklist there to help you pull together the big day. This checklist is all about helping you, and your family and friends that will be pulling together all the details, plan for and set up your backyard wedding!

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DIY Backyard Wedding Checklist

Bride: Make sure she has these basics on hand, and all the help she needs to pull together her look.

  • Wedding Dress
  • Shoes
  • Garter
  • Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue
  • Jewelry
  • Outfit to change into
  • Bouquet
  • Something to eat

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For the Yard: Prep the space for the wedding celebration and/or reception.

  • Tables
  • Tablecloths and Linens
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Arch
  • Greenery
  • Decorations
  • Tent, if additional shade is needed
  • Trash receptacles

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Food Prep:

  • Paper Products – Cups, dinner plates, cake plates, utensils
  • Meal items – Dessert, dinner, appetizers depending on your menu
  • Wedding cake
  • Serving utensils
  • Drinks
  • Toasting glasses for the bride and groom

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  • Playlist
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Computer, tablet, or iPod to play your playlist

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Don’t Forget:

  • Wedding Rings
  • Photographer
  • Marriage license
  • Guest book


Looking for tips on how to pull a successful backyard wedding together? Head over and read our post on Tips for a DIY Backyard Wedding! We share what worked well for us and how to overcome some of the common challenges you might face with planning a wedding in your home.

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Sonja @ SustainMyCraftHabit

Monday 17th of August 2015

I always wanted to have an outdoor wedding but decided against it and even though it's been 10 years, I am still wishing we had an outdoor wedding! Great check list and thank you for sharing on #HomeMattersParty!

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Thursday 13th of August 2015

Pinned! My daughter is having an outdoor wedding next August so I found your post very helpful. Will definitely be using this Checklist to stay organized.

Allie D.

Monday 10th of August 2015

Love checklists! They are so handy and you avoid forgetting a lot of things, especially for big events like a wedding. Looks like a beautiful reception!

Melissa Pezza

Monday 10th of August 2015

I love this! I sometimes wish we would have gone with a backyard wedding. It's so intimate.

Ellen Christian

Monday 10th of August 2015

What fun ideas! I love the beverage dispenser. That's super cute.

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