Are Backyard Weddings a New Trend?

Is smaller better? Are private more personal weddings a growing trend with celebrities and your every day bride?

Wedding trends are picking up on recent nuptials of celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepeid opting for a smaller, backyard venues with minimal guest lists of close friends and family.  Amy Kaneko event planner in San Francisco boasts, “The backyard is the new ballroom.”

The Herald Arts & Life recent post examines, “The Reinvented Wedding: Smaller, Cheaper”.   Helaine Olen reports, “small but growing number of brides and grooms are opting to downsize.  Turning to everything from public parks to the living rooms of friends and family, couples are recreating the traditional wedding one ceremony at a time.

The reasons behind weddings downsizing, and the “backyard as the new ballroom”, Olen finds several factors influencing this new trend.  The down economy has it’s impact on wedding price tags, a “homespun” version comes in with a much lower price tag.  But Olen goes on to note the average age of brides and grooms has risen, couples are getting married in their 30’s, 40’s or up. Brides and grooms to be are “co-ordinating their special day in the midst of other work and family commitments.”

Couples are looking to spend less money and time to put together a wedding.  They are looking for a smaller more personal event.  DIY wedding projects are a fabulous personal stamp on backyard weddings from picking out your own wedding flowers, making your own decor and staging props to organizing and arranging the food.

“Backyard” DIY wedding couples are turning to the internet for resources like purchasing personalized, inexpensive wedding items on sites like, while they also use the internet as a source for smart planning and how to guides.  Friends and family can help pitch in by bringing a dish to pass or organizing a cook off that will provide the food for your guests.

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