Afternoon Backyard Wedding Ideas

One of our Canadian wedding photographers, Tara Whittaker Photography sent us ideas for a backyard wedding. Not only do all of her wedding ideas ooze with simplicity and country charm but, they are easy to accomplish on your own with a little help of some friends.

In lieu of traditional napkins, Tara collected vintage handkerchiefs. They chose handkerchiefs that were embroidered, so they also added color and charm to the table. They can also easily double as a sweet wedding favor to remember the day.

If Lilacs happen to be in season when you are planning your wedding, here is a great tutorial that Tara used in order to make all these lovely Lilac wedding arrangements. To add that vintage element you can simply find a vintage hankie to tie around your wedding bouquet. Very easy but, simply elegant.

The Colorful pinwheels are made out of coordinating sheets of origami or lightweight paper. This easy DIY happens to be one of Martha Stewart’s Good things DIY projects. You can visit this pinwheel tutorial by clicking here.

Another great way to cut back on costs is to opt to have a table filled with homemade pies in lieu of the traditional wedding cake. Ask friends and family to bake their favorite pie and bring it to the wedding. Provide some creamy vanilla ice cream and you are sure to have some satisfied guests.

Absolutely love the idea of having several tables around the area with cool refreshing beverages. This way guest do not congregate to one area for drinks. Find an old table and place a doilie over the table to spruce it up. Etsy has a ton of doilies at great prices.

Instead of just having guests mingle, why not set up some fun backyard games. We love the idea of a classic game of horseshoes or a lovely game of croquet. This is also a great option for your bridal shower.


Canadian Wedding Photographer: Tara Whittaker Photography

Hair and Make-up: Tara Watts of Hue Hair Salon
Stylists: Tara Whittaker & Carol Whittaker
Vintage Dress: Cat’s Eye Vintage incidentally, the dress is   for sale – contact the photographer
Vintage Gloves: What’s in Store
Groom’s Attire: The Bay
Lemonade Dispenser: Canadian Tire
Locations: Private residence, The Calgary Imperial School of Ballet

leave a comment...

Please be kind and courteous in your comments! We reserve the right to delete comments that we deem inappropriate, negative, distracting, or rude. If you have a problem with the content of the post, please contact us directly.


  1. -100. Savannah says:

    Beautiful lilac! It’s so full, so lively and so bright and happy– a beautiful flower, for sure. Loving the tablescape- it just pops with the lilac and the cerulean blue. Very fun.
    The French Bouquet

  2. -100. Tara Whittaker says:

    Thanks Amy & Jocey. Love the feature. I hope it provides tonnes of DIY inspiration for your brides. Anyone interested in this authentic 1950’s dress? It’s for sale.

  3. -100. Dynamite Weddings says:

    The blue adds such a nice pop!

  4. Ooh! How fun! I love the striking blue touches and lawn games.

  5. -100. Linda says:

    What a gorgeous setting with all the great details for a simple and elegant day! I adore the dress. Great photos!

  6. -100. Randi says:

    Beautiful photos … I love the casual but beautiful setting.

  7. -100. Tori @ sittinginatree says:

    Love the back of that dress with all that color!

  8. Greetings from Carolina! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to
    check out your site on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing site!


  1. […] The Wedding Chicks weddings Afternoon, Backyard, Ideas, wedding […]

  2. -100. says:

    Fashion Video Journal – Black & White…

    I found your entry interesting thus I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

  3. […] Cobalt Blue Wedding Id&#1077&#1072&#1109 | Th&#1077 Wedding Chicks […]

  4. […] Cobalt Blue Wedding Id&#1077&#1072&#1109 | Th&#1077 Wedding Chicks […]

  5. […] 1 | source 2 | source 3 | source 4 | source […]

  6. […] board image credits: Mary McHenry, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, Ivy […]

  7. […] Wedding Chicks | via Style Me […]

  8. […] Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings Row 2: photo of gorgeous lilac centerpiece by Tara Whittaker via Wedding Chicks, photo of champagne bucket by Thayer Gowdy Row 3: photo of bouquet with embroidered handkerchief by […]

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Tags: ,
Colors: blue
Styles: handmade