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How To Have the Perfect Backyard Wedding in Hawaii

How To Have the Perfect Backyard Wedding in Hawaii

Okay, so maybe it's not feasible for everyone to say "I do" in Hawaii, but this next real-life couple cut costs where they could and borrowed the back yard of the bride's parents vacation home to make this fabulous low key day happen. So whether an actual Hawaiian wedding is in the cards for you or not, here are some killer ideas for your big day no matter what the coordinates of your wedding might be.

Don't miss a single detail, we have a full gallery of images for you to look through thanks to Ashley Goodwin Photography. Oh, and did we mention there's a budget breakdown below too? Keep scrolling for more!

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white peach and orange wedding bouquet

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A Sweet And Intimate Affair

One of my all-time favorite types of weddings is a backyard wedding. There is something so magical about being able to transform a beloved family home into a one of a kind celebration. When this lovely couple reached out to me with their vision of turning the bride's parent's beachfront vacation home into a beautiful, sentimental and intimate affair, I couldn't wait to get started! 

With each element of this wedding, we strove to incorporate personal and sentimental elements. A dear friend of the bride and groom's played the processional songs on a keyboard as they walked down the aisle. The bride's brother officiated the ceremony. During the cocktail hour sausages with international mustard; a unique family holiday tradition. All of the favors had handwritten thank you notes written by the bride's mother. An heirloom cake cutting set was used to cut the cake. Furniture from the house was used for the lounge and cake table. My all-time favorite sentimental element was when the bride and groom incorporated a Mai Tai toast at sunset into the program. This is something the bride's family does every night when they are in Hawaii and they wanted to share the tradition with all of their guests. It was a huge hit, to say the least.

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Love From Hawaii

Aside from sentimental elements, they also added a few understated Hawaiian touches. For example, they had a musician play the ukulele and sing during the prelude, cocktail hour and dinner. The bride and groom honored their family members with a traditional Hawaiian lei during the ceremony. Last but not least, instead of a traditional guest book, the guests were invited to write on vintage Hawaiian postcards that would be mailed to them throughout their first year of marriage. 

From beginning to end this event was packed full of thoughtful details, amazing food and a beautiful group of the bride and groom's nearest and dearest.

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The Budget Breakdown

Wedding Planner: $6800
Wedding Gown: $5000
Hair & Makeup: $1200
Stationery: $600
Venue: $ FREE family & neighbors houses
Officiant: $ FREE Bride's Brother
Photography: $4100
Videography: $3000
Catering: $6000
Cake: $150 (family friend)
Bar & Beverage: $1000
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Entertainment: $500
Reception DJ & Sound: $1750
Fire Dance Performance: $550
Childcare Services: $400
Rentals & Decor: $5000
Florals: $2800

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