How to Host the Ultimate Backyard Wedding

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Hello and welcome! I’m excited to share my tips on how to plan the ultimate backyard wedding in Southern California. As someone who has photographed numerous outdoor weddings in the region, I can tell you that Southern California offers some of the most beautiful locations for an intimate and unforgettable celebration. So, let’s dive into the details!

Location, Location, Location!

One of the first things you need to consider is the location. Southern California has a wealth of beautiful outdoor venues, but why not consider hosting your wedding in your own backyard? A backyard wedding is intimate, personal, and a great way to showcase your unique style and personality. Make sure to choose a spot that is spacious enough to accommodate all of your guests, and one that has beautiful natural surroundings. You might also consider renting a tent or canopy to provide shade or shelter in case of inclement weather.

backyard wedding in southern california

Time of Year

The next important factor to consider is the time of year. Southern California enjoys sunny weather year-round, but some months are more comfortable than others. For example, the months of May through October are generally the best months for a backyard wedding. Keep in mind, however, that temperatures can still be high during these months, so you’ll want to provide plenty of shade and hydration for your guests. Additionally, if you’re planning an outdoor wedding during the summer, consider having the ceremony in the late afternoon or early evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.

summer backyard wedding in southern california

Decor and Style

Now that you’ve chosen your location and the time of year, it’s time to focus on decor and style. The great thing about a backyard wedding is that they offer endless possibilities for customization. You can create any look you want, from elegant and sophisticated to rustic and whimsical. When it comes to decor, think about incorporating natural elements such as flowers, greenery, and wood. Consider using mason jars, vintage glassware, and other unique items for centerpieces and table settings. And don’t forget to add a personal touch by incorporating elements that reflect you and your partner’s interests and personalities.

backyard wedding decorations and outdoor reception ideas


One of the most important aspects of any backyard wedding is lighting. It’s crucial to ensure that your guests can see each other, the food, and the dance floor. Lighting also sets the mood for your celebration. String lights, lanterns, and candles are all great options for creating a warm and inviting atmosphere at backyard weddings. You might also consider renting a generator to provide additional power for your lighting and sound needs.

after the wedding bride and groom photos at southern california backyard wedding


Finally, as a wedding photographer, I have to emphasize the importance of hiring a professional to capture your special day. Your wedding photographs will be a lasting reminder of your love story, and you’ll want to make sure that they reflect the beauty and uniqueness of your backyard wedding. Look for a photographer who specializes in outdoor weddings and who has experience working in the Southern California region. Make sure to discuss your style preferences and any specific shots you’d like to capture.

Planning the ultimate backyard wedding in Southern California is all about creating a personal and unforgettable experience. By choosing the right location, time of year, decor, lighting, and photography, you can create a celebration that reflects your love story and leaves a lasting impression on your guests. So go ahead, start planning, and enjoy every moment of your special day!

And if you like the photos throughout this blog post & still haven’t hired a wedding photographer, I would love to chat! I’ve been photographing weddings for 10 plus years and all of the photos throughout this blog post were taken by yours truly! Click here to learn more about working with me!

Don’t forget to stay in touch on Instagram and Pinterest as well! And if you’re looking for more wedding day ideas, you can find tons of them on my blog! From reception decoration ideas to timeless wedding dresses, I cover it all. 

Until next time!


About Me

I am a wedding & portrait photographer based in Southern California and beyond!

I started at the young age of 16 in my hometown of Orange in Orange
County, California. As my photography business grew and I got married,
life took me to the Chino Hills area, making me more centered to all
major Southern California counties.

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