Nontraditional Backyard Wedding

Steve Cowell Photography

If you’ve been looking for wedding ideas that are a little bit different from most things you see, look no further. Ange and Josh opted for a wedding that wasn’t traditional, but was definitely the embodiment of both of them. We love some of the creative ideas that came to life in this DIY backyard wedding, including the cereal bar and the handmade photobooth. Don’t miss out on any of the unique details of this nontraditional backyard wedding by viewing the full gallery here, all wonderfully photographed by Steve Cowell Photo.

mix and match green bridesmaid dresses

groom looks

From the Bride:
Because we had a small budget we got most everything from flea markets, garage sales, Craigslist, and our own kitchens. We had to get really creative, but that was the fun part about our wedding! We made “discussion buttons” for our guests, ie: “Ask me how I know the bride” and “Ask me a funny story about the groom.” This gave folks who didn’t know each other a chance to start a great conversation. We had a “Capri-Sun” toast to save money on alcohol, and one of our groomsmen built our wedding alter as a gift to us.

wedding program by The Quiet Society

private venue

guestbook ideas

wedding program ideas

here comes the bride

pinwheel flower girls

wedding ceremony

The look we were going for was chic-rustic-backyard wedding! We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us: who we are as a couple. Cereal, our favorite music (Avett Brothers, Lumineers, Civil Wars), and even the atmosphere of conversation. We wanted more of a fun “party” rather than a formal ceremony, it was incredibly untraditional!

cereal bar ideas

cereal bar

milk selections

bowl favors

bowl wash up station

For our Photobooth we draped lace and made yarn garland and pinwheels for the background. We made coffee filter paper flowers as decor, made our own pennant banners, and had a Instagram Photo Scavenger Hunt for our guests! One of the best decisions we made was having a morning wedding! We were done by 1:30pm…and had the entire afternoon and evening to ourselves as a newly married couple.

wedding pinata from Pinyadayada

photobooth backdrop

photobooth ideas

cake pops

popcorn throw exit

Another fun twist that we love about this wedding is that they did their wedding invites via video! See their cute idea in action by watching the video by Luke St. Hilaire.

Photographer: Steve Cowell Photo
Cinematography: Luke St. Hilaire
Coordinator: Chelsea Stemkoski of From Ring to Reception
Dress Designer: Oleg Cassini
Dress Shop & Veil or Hair Accessories: David's Bridal
Flowers: California Silk Plant Company
Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse
Shoes & Jewelry: ModCloth
Stationery: Brian Hurst of The Quiet Society
Heart Piñata: Pinyadayada
Venue: Private residence in Orange County | Hair: Alicia Shinners | Officiant: Matt McGill

Read on to see how much this nontraditional backyard wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Wedding budget break down:
Venue: $0
Decor: $200
Food: $400
Services (photography, day-of coordinator, bride hair): $1800
Bride shoes/accessories: $100
Groom suit: $350
Programs: $100
Misc (marriage license, flowers, groom wedding band, host/neighbor gifts): $400
Bridal party gifts (Groomsmen, Bridesmaid, kids): $200
Hotel/2 nights after wedding: $300
In n Out: $10 :)

Everything else was gifted to us by parents, our wedding party, and friends! Some of our friends substituted their wedding gift to us, with decor/services for our wedding. We put the word out ahead of time to a few folks and let them know our needs, they were more than willing (and excited) to help and be a part of the day. I love that individual folks felt ownership over aspects of our wedding!

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  1. -100. Steve Cowell says:

    Thank you so much ladies for the rad feature!! You rock!!

  2. -100. Amanda Hill says:

    Love this idea! Great colors, activities and favors!

  3. -100. Ange Garrett says:

    Thank you so much for featuring our wedding! It was SO fun to relive our day by going back through these pictures, thank you!

  4. -100. Amersons says:

    So happy to see the Garrett wedding featured on your blog. It was truly a reflection of them individually & as a couple: fun, creative, laid-back, sweet, & did I mention FUN? Just proof that you don’t have to spend a year’s salary to have a meaningful & beautiful wedding. I hope this inspires other couples to look at the resources around them & be clever with their budget!

  5. -100. Chelsea Stemkoski says:

    This day was PERFECT! Thank you so much for the feature…now everyone gets to see how gorgeous & fun this couple & their wedding day was! xoxo

  6. -100. Haley says:

    What a fantastic celebration! I am getting married in a few weeks and this is a perfect inspiration for me to stick to my wishes and not get influenced by the norm or others views :) Thank you for that!

    Are there any close ups on the groomsmen’s boutonnieres by chance?

    Thanks! haley

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