Getting married is a major life event that you’ll never forget. If you’re planning to walk down the aisle with that special someone, a backyard wedding is a great way to say your vows and tie the knot on a budget. Whether your outdoor space is large or small, it’s easy to plan a backyard wedding if you know where to start. From summer celebrations, elopements, adventures, to a beautiful autumn ceremony, read on to learn how you can plan your wedding for a special moment right in your own backyard.

How to Get Started: Review the Logistics

Before you pick out favors and décor, start with the logistics. How successful your wedding is will depend on where you live, the time of year, and the weather. Try to nail down a date where you feel confident the weather will hold out for a glorious day. You should also determine whether or not you need a special license to get married in your backyard, as some locations still require a permit to perform official ceremonies in a private space. You’ll also want to find out how to get the right amount of power for music, lighting, and more. An extension cord might do the trick but be aware that it also poses a trip hazard. Determine how much equipment will be needed for the wedding so you can get the proper power source set up. You’ll likely need a generator to create power for things like speakers and catering equipment.

In addition to permits and power, now is the time to clean up your yard and get it ready for the big day. Get rid of old dead plants, tree branches, and weeds to create a clean slate for your ceremony and reception. Come up with a layout for seating and the stage now so it will be easier when it’s time to set everything up. Another crucial thing to keep in mind is wedding insurance. You might not think you need it in your own backyard, but it’s good to see what’s covered in case a guest gets injured on your property. Other things to consider include parking, notifying your neighbors in advance, and creating your official wedding program.

Once you’ve listed all of the logistics, the fun part begins. Think about the special features you’ll want to include in your backyard wedding. From a specific theme to your flowers, write down a list of ideas and tweak them as you go. Do you want an outdoor dance floor or stage? How about separate tables and chairs for the reception? Think of planning your backyard wedding the same way you would in any other venue. If you love music, add outdoor speakers so everyone can dance to your favorite tunes. A beautiful fountain can add a nice touch to an outdoor wedding, too. Brainstorm several different features you’d like to see so you can start planning ahead as early as possible.

Benefits of a Backyard Wedding

While a formal venue is always nice, there are plenty of awesome benefits to getting married in your backyard. First and foremost, you’ll save a ton of money on the cost to rent a venue which can run you into the thousands of dollars. That fact alone makes considering a backyard wedding worth the effort! Aside from saving money, here are some other benefits and tips of hosting a backyard wedding:

If your pets are part of the family, you can enjoy their company at the wedding. Most venues won’t allow pets, but you can certainly enlist your pooch to be the best man if you decide to get married DIY.
Aside from the wedding itself, you can also host a backyard rehearsal dinner. Have casual food like barbecue catered in, or just cook some food on the grill for your wedding party to enjoy.
Since your backyard probably has limited space, that means you can keep your guest list small, too. The fewer guests you have, the less money you’ll need to spend on things like food and entertainment.
Backyard weddings give you the flexibility to choose any date you want to get married. Instead of planning around the “wedding season” to find an open slot, you can pick any day you like when you host your own backyard wedding.
You might be nervous about getting married but doing it in a familiar place is a great way to calm those nerves and help you feel more relaxed and at home.
Have A Plan B in Place

There’s no way you can predict the weather to a T, so be sure you have an alternate “Plan B” in place just in case the storms roll in. Weather can change in an instant which means you might end up dealing with unexpectedly cold temperatures or a dangerous rainstorm. Draft up a reasonable Plan B where you can move everyone inside your home. If you’re insistent on keeping the celebration outside, reserve a tent that you can use in case of an emergency. Make sure someone can pick the tent up just in case you need it in a pinch. Ensure that the sides of the tent are covered to protect everyone from the rain. If the weather happens to be unseasonably hot, have plenty of fans available to keep the air circulation. If it’s cold, stock up on outdoor heaters. Having these safeguards in place will keep your stress level low and the wedding moving along.


Wedding planners are experts at creating the perfect timeline. If you’re doing everything on your own, it’s crucial to make sure you create a timeline that works. Do your best to schedule the ceremony somewhat early so the skies don’t get dark before you’ve said your vows. Try to avoid too much downtime between the ceremony and reception since the guests won’t need to travel between venues. If possible, try to schedule your wedding photos before the ceremony begins so you can mingle and visit with guests directly after the ceremony is over. If you can’t get pictures beforehand, consider a few fun backyard games or activities to keep everyone entertained while they wait. Finally, remember to be mindful of your neighbors and try to agree on an official time when the reception is over. You can always move the party to a local bar or another hot spot later in the night.

DIY Décor and Inspiration

If you’re planning a backyard wedding, you’re likely already working on other DIY ideas when it comes to themes and décor. Doing everything yourself gives you the freedom to create almost any style décor using any theme imaginable. Here are some suggestions to inspire you and prompt you to create a memorable theme with beautiful décor that’s all done DIY:

Hang outdoor string lights throughout your backyard to create a warm, magical glow when the sun goes down.
For autumn weddings, focus on beautiful colors like orange, red, and gold for décor, flowers, and bridesmaid dresses.
Place clear glass vases on each table and fill them with freshly cut flowers you picked from your own yard.
Laminate some of your favorite photos of you and your better half to protect them from the weather, then display them on rope or string and hang them from a tree or around a fence line.
Consider jewel-toned plastic goblets in lieu of glassware. It’s a great way to serve beverages in a beautiful way without having to worry about broken glass.
Use texture and patterns outdoors by adding beautiful printed tablecloths or runners over tables. A pair of sheer curtains can add a gorgeous, romantic touch to the stage, too.
Get creative with seating and place a few vintage sofas and chairs outside. You can also use some hay bales as seating if you’re aiming for a wedding with a rustic or farmhouse theme.
Instead of paying tons of money for custom invitations, consider printing some at home or through a local printing service. Create the layout and design using a simple program, then print them in full color on heavy cardstock paper.
Sentimental Value

Besides saving money and enjoying a smaller guest list, having a backyard wedding carries quite a bit of sentimental value, too. Imagine saying your vows right in the place where you grew up. If you don’t still live in the same house from your childhood, you likely still have plenty of wonderful memories from this special place. Your guests will probably feel sentimental as well, especially if they’ve spent a lot of time at your home and in your backyard. Have your furry friends join in the celebration, which is another great way to make this day more sentimental and special. Getting married in this place can create a very meaningful moment for you and your new spouse. Remember to enjoy the moment and capture the memories with lots of photos, family, and friends.

The ceremony is over, the family photos have been taken, and the dinner’s been served. You can finally move on to the fun part – dancing! 

Playing rap music at your wedding is the best way to get your guests on the dance floor. It’s catchy, upbeat, and hard to resist dancing to. The crowd will be loosened up in no time. Plus, this genre contains music for all ages. Check out this list of ideas for rap songs to add to your wedding playlist. 

  1. Circles – Post Malone – Post Malone is having a moment. Salute him with this catchy song that will instantly draw everyone to the dance floor. 
  2. LOVE – Kendrick Lamar – Experience one of Kendrick’s greatest hits while tying in the theme of the big day into your playlist. 
  3. In my Feelings – Drake – This might have been overplayed in its heyday, but it has since come full circle and is officially a great song to jam out to again. 
  4. Through the Wire – Kanye West – Love him or hate him, Kanye delivers some amazing beats that’ll keep you dancing all night long.
  5. Gin and Juice – Snoop Dogg – except that most people will probably be sipping on beer and champagne.
  6. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog – But maybe cut it off before everyone screams “smoke weed everyday!” for grandma’s sake.
  7. Juicy – Doja Cat – Anything Doja Cat will instantly get the crowd on their feet.
  8. Work It – Missy Elliott – It’s pretty much against the rules at this point to not play the queen of hip hop at your nuptials. 
  9. Anaconda – Nicki Manaj – Remember this mega-hit that broke the internet? It never gets old. 
  10. Let Me Clear my Throat – By DJ Kool – this is the best song to end the night with. Get the crowd hyped one last time before putting the kibosh on your perfect night.  
  11. Money – Cardi B – Get all the ladies on the dance floor to jam out to this one. 
  12. Hot in Herre – Nelly – This throwback will instantly tug at the heartstrings of anyone that grew up in the early 2000’s. Every millennial will be on the dance floor in no time. 
  13. Feels – Calvin Harris – This song is so catchy, I dare you not to sing along the entire time. 
  14. 679 – Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap should always be in your heavy rotation. His catchy songs are an instant party starter. 
  15. Savage – Megan Thee Stallion – And of course you have to throw this 2020 jam into the mix. See how well your guests know their TikTok dances.

The days of “Here comes the bride” are long over. When thousands of songs to choose from, brides are now getting creative with the song that accompanies them as they walk down the aisle. 

Whether you want an original song that packs a punch, a tune that is meaningful to you and your partner or simply just want to switch things up, we got you covered. Here are a few alternatives to the bridal waltz that will leave a lasting impression on your bride or groom, and command the attention of the entire venue. 

  1. Songbird – Fleetwood Mac – A beautiful song that perfectly encapsulates all of the feelings you might be having on your Big Day. 
  2. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles – A very easy-going and light-hearted song, yet is still sure to get the tears flowing. 
  3. Canon in D Major – J.S Bach Orchestra – This is an arrangement that you can never go wrong with. It’s especially beautiful for a winter wedding, with a white backdrop.
  4. Make you Feel My Love – Adele – Adele is an excellent go-to for anything romantic.
  5. Iris – The Goo Goo Dolls 
  6. Tale as Old as Time – Beauty and The Beast – For the Disney lovers. An instrumental take on this classic ballad is perfect for gliding down the aisle like a princess. 
  7. All of Me – John Legend – Possibly the most heartfelt love song of all time, Legend packs this tune with all the powerful lyrics you need to make a great impression.
  8. Amazing Day – Coldplay – Because this is the event that sets the tone for your unforgettable, amazing Big Day.
  9. No One – Alicia Keys – No One can brighten your day quite like this soulful ballad from Alicia Keys.
  10. Halo – Beyonce – There is a Beyonce lover around every corner, and this is an excellent way to incorporate your favorite popstar into your wedding.
  11. I’m Yours – Jason Mraz – Set the tone for a long and healthy marriage by letting your partner know you are all theirs. 
  12. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones – Norah Jones’ soothing voice combined with her powerful lyrics are sure to get the water works flowing. 
  13. La Vie En Rose – Edith Piaf – This is the perfect choice for those going for a more classic, old style wedding theme.
  14. The Luckiest – Ben Folds – It’s a day to celebrate just how lucky you both are to have each other, why not kick things off with a song that reminds us all why we’re here?
  15. Hey There Deliliah – Plain White T’s – For all those who grew up in the early 2000’s, and couldn’t get enough of this jam. This is also perfect for those named Delilah, of course.

If you’re reading this article because you’re getting married soon, then we want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to you! On the other hand, if you’re reading this because you are helping plan the wedding of a family or friend, then we also want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to you too for lending a helping hand. At this point, you probably already know that planning a wedding is no small task. In this article, Brittany at blkPhotography shares some insight from her experience working with wedding couples by answering the following top 7 wedding planning questions. 

  1. What common mistakes do you see couples making? 

I see couples make the mistake of quickly booking a vendor because of a “good deal”. It is very important to ensure you get the quality and experience you are looking for in a wedding vendor. Remember, this is a big day!

  1. What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding? 

Research your vendors thoroughly! Make sure to get quality vendors who will help you through the process, have great communication and who are talented and educated in their craft!

  1. What don’t couples know about your business that they need to know? 

I’m more than just a wedding photographer. My clients become friends, I get to know them on a more personal level and I assist them on finding the perfect vendors for their wedding. On the day of, I’m not just photographing their wedding, I’m calming their nerves, fixing problems before they know about it, making sure they stay hydrated, making sure we stay on track with the timeline etc. The blkPhotography experience is so much more on top of receiving beautiful, memorable photographs of your wedding day.

  1. What questions should couples be asking that they don’t know to ask? 

Make sure to be asking about experience. I’ve been in the industry for 11 years now and I think it’s so important to have vendors who are experienced in weddings and their own craft. I can almost pinpoint when a problem is going to happen before it actually does because I’ve photographed SO many weddings! So in that instance, I can jump in and help solve that problem quickly without any issue and without worrying my bride! Experience also helps things go smoother on the day in general!

  1. What your best piece of advice for couples planning a wedding? 

Don’t sweat the small stuff! I know everyone says this, but it’s true! I’ve seen brides who are just worried about so many small things on their wedding day, that they don’t get the full experience. Book a vendor team that you trust to take care of everything for you. This allows you to fully embrace being in the moment on your wedding day! Take in the little moments and all the love that is surrounding you on your Best Day Yet!

  1. What’s the most unusual wedding you ever did? 

I wouldn’t say I’ve had anything too “unusual”. However, from 11 years being in business, I’ve experienced weddings in a variety of cultures and I find it very interesting till this day! I love all the different traditions that are practiced on wedding days in different cultures! Henna painting, traditional drum entrances, all different kinds of commitment ceremonies, bride reveals with the entire family and so much more!

  1. What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why? 

Oh goodness, they are all so memorable to me in so many ways! Each wedding is unique, but I think what sticks with me the most are the people I have the honor of working with. My blkBrides and Grooms are out of this world amazing! I have so many sweet memories with all of them and I’m so thankful when I get to continue photographing their legacies as their families grow!

As you prepare to make your dream wedding a reality, do not hesitate to get in touch with the blkPhotography team. We are committed to working with you and going the extra mile just to make you and your spouse the happiest couple during your wedding and in the years ahead as you re-live your wedding moments through your wedding photos. 

Kindly reach out to us via the contact form on our website to have a chat with us and we will be more than happy to hear from you!

Today in this episode of Wedding Tip in 60 Seconds. We’re talking about “Hiring Amateurs or friends for your wedding day” What’s up, everyone. My name is Chris with Abell DJ Company & thank you so much for joining me today. Today’s topic is Hiring Amateurs or friends for your wedding day.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of including your guests in the wedding day. By all means, have Aunt Sally sing for your ceremony or ask your brother to perform a song he wrote on guitar.
But don’t expect amateurs and hobbyists to deliver a professional performance at your wedding.
There will be awkward gaps. They will miss some of those important moments. An amateur won’t know what to do when something goes wrong, which usually means that things will get worse.
If you like your friends and family…and you’d like to keep it that way…don’t hire them for your wedding day.
*WARNING: If you decide to hire an amateur or a talented friend to provide a service for your wedding day, make sure you adjust your expectations. If a less than perfect performance is going to make you unhappy, don’t do it.
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Religious incorporation is a longstanding tradition when it comes to weddings. The very idea of weddings are highly rooted in religious values and institutions. And to this day, many couples still adhere to traditional marriage ceremonies to honor or acknowledge their beliefs. Couples who begin their marital journey through their faith are agreeing to live a life full of spirituality and godliness. The wedding ceremony is often a symbolic reflection of the religious lifestyle that the couple plan on living by. 

However, many of today’s couples are also in “religious limbo.” Meaning, they were raised under a religious sect and no longer practice, but may want to appease their parents or grandparents who still do. Or maybe no one in your family, including yourself, practices a denomination, but you’d still like to incorporate the bible into your nuptials. Your wedding day is your own, and you should organize it exactly the way you see fit.

Stuck on where to begin when it comes to quotes on lasting love? The bible is full of tons of amazing verses on relationships, marriage and love. And many of these do not contain any words that would imply a religious inflection. They are simply beautiful, elegantly worded passages on love. 

Whether you plan on hosting an entirely religious ceremony, or just want to sprinkle in a small something to honor your denominational roots, these ten bible verses are sure to please anyone on your Big Day. 

Colossians 3:14

“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

Ecclesiastes 4:9

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?”

Genesis 2:24

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

Ecclesiastes 4:12

 “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

Psalm 143:8

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Proverbs 30:18-19

“There are three things that amaze me—no, four things that I don’t understand: how an eagle glides through the sky, how a snake slithers on a rock, how a ship navigates the ocean, how a man loves a woman.”

1 Peter 4:8

 “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

 Ephesians 4:2

 “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Saint Louis, January 13, 2021. — Abell DJ Company was announced as a winner of the 2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards®, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leader in the $200 billion global wedding planning industry.

In 2020, the rise and spread of COVID-19 unfortunately impacted the wedding industry and the hundreds of thousands of small businesses who bring weddings to life every day. However, wedding vendors worldwide continued to guide their couples through wedding planning and the challenges of the global pandemic. In celebration of local wedding vendors nationwide and overseas, the 2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the wedding professionals who excelled in supporting to-be-weds despite unprecedented challenges resulting from COVID-19.

To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories—from venues and caterers to florists and photographers—to find the most- and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service and quality when interacting with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.

Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Awards® are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. As the largest marketplace and community for wedding professionals, WeddingPro connects businesses with more than 13 million unique monthly visitors who are planning weddings on WeddingWire and The Knot, as well as with hundreds of thousands of pros in the industry. Through its online marketplaces, educational programs and community-building events, WeddingPro is dedicated to helping wedding professionals build relationships with couples and pros that grow their businesses.

Abell DJ Company is honored to be one of the top DJ in Saint Louis on WeddingWire.
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Today in this episode of Wedding Tip in 60 Seconds. We’re talking about “Ample Time” What’s up, everyone. My name is Chris with Abell DJ Company & thank you so much for joining me today. Todays topic is Ample Time
Forgetting to leave an ample space of time between your ceremony and reception.
In life and especially when it comes to planning a wedding everything takes longer than you think.
If you have your ceremony and reception at the same location…
Or if you leave exactly enough time for the 8 minute drive between the church and the reception hall…
You will be stressed, miserable and end up with a wedding album where you are frowning on every page.
Do yourself a favor and allow MORE time than you think you will need between the ceremony and reception. Your guests are creative enough to find something to do with themselves.
Use your wedding professionals as the expert resources that they are. Ask them how long they recommend for getting ready, dealing with receiving lines and taking photos.
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Guests at your wedding will grow bored very quickly if they feel like they are not being entertained. It’s likely your guest list will contain people of all ages, from your college buddies to your great-grandma, and you might even have some small children there. The younger folks won’t have a problem getting down, but the older generations might take pause with your music selection. 

A great way to get the older guests up and on the dancefloor is to choose a timeless song for song couple dancing. Songs that are a few decades old are likely to be recognized by older people, and soon they’ll be itching to get their feet shuffling. 

Below are several ideas if you are lost and unsure of where to begin with jams for the older folks attending your big day. 

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis – Everyone, young and old, knows this song. It’s the perfect choice to get couples of any age to get up and dance.

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton – The perfect song to slow dance with your boo to. 

How Will I Know – Whitney Houston – If the slow dancing songs aren’t really your style, you can’t go wrong with an upbeat Houston jam.

(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes – This song is good for more than just cruise ship commercials. Your guests will have a hard time not singing along to this classic. 

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith – a message that’s very reflective of your wedding night!

Coming Home – Leon Bridges – Bridges might be more of a modern artist, but his songs are timeless and romantic. 

Faithfully – Journey – Anyone that grew up listening to Journey will be on the dance floor before you can say “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Songbird – Fleetwood Mac – This soulful and delicate song performed by Stevie Nicks is the perfect song to sway to with your partner.

Forever and For Always – Shania Twain – This is a perfect song for the country lover or a countryside/barn themed wedding. 

This Magic Moment – Jay and the Americans – Get lost in your partner’s eyes as this soulful and classic tune plays throughout the dancefloor.

It’s no question that one of the biggest industries to take a hit in 2020 was the wedding industry. As COVID numbers rose, hundreds of couples were faced with a very difficult decision. To continue on with their Big Day as planned, host a compromised reception with only a few close friends and family, or to postpone their nuptials for a safer time. 

Luckily, the end is in sight and there may be a day in the distant future when everyone is having a great time at a large wedding sans masks and hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, that time hasn’t come yet and we might be looking at another year or so of protection from disease. 

However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t still celebrate love in the age of the pandemic. But it does mean that we should all (and I mean all), of us should be taking extreme precautions in order to celebrate safely. If even one person is unsafe, then everyone has the potential to be unsafe. No matter the category that you fall into, there are guidelines to follow to ensure that everyone is having fun and staying safe. 

Wedding Planners

A huge part of a wedding planner’s job is to stay informed and up to date on state restrictions and guidelines. They’ll be an excellent reference for receiving up to date information and tips for what to expect on your wedding day. It’s built into their job description to know standard procedures like the back of their hand. It is in their best interest, from a liability standpoint. 

Wedding planners can also be used as guides to the guests on the day of. It’s important to have a “covid patrol” of sorts, and a wedding planner is a perfect person to fill that role. Since it’s their job to ensure that your Big Day runs as smoothly as possible, they have a responsibility to make sure that each guest is adhering to the policies put in place. And wedding planners won’t have any issue telling Aunt Karen to wear her mask whenever she’s not eating. 

The Couple 

Communication is key when it comes to having a COVID-friendly wedding. And since everyone is gathering for this celebration because of said couple, they should be the ones continually updating everyone on the policies put in place. It’s important to over-communicate with your guests and vendors to ensure that everyone is on the same page. What’s more, if any guests or vendors are not willing to abide by the rules you have put in place, make it known that they will be removed from the event. This is to ensure everyone’s safety and to make sure that everyone can enjoy themselves. Do some research on your vendors beforehand, and make sure that their personal policies and views on the pandemic perfectly align with yours. A back and forth on what is acceptable is not worth the headache. 

The Guests

Each and every guest is responsible for their own safety at the wedding. If you’re a guest attending a wedding during these uncertain times, it’s crucial to know exactly how to handle the protocol. Oftentimes, clear instructions for the wedding day will be laid out on the couple’s wedding website. But if you’re ever unclear about COVID guidelines during the wedding, do not hesitate to send an email to the couple. Just like you have a duty to abide by the rules, they have a duty to keep their guests informed. 

And most importantly, respect the decisions they make. Yeah, it might not be fun dancing with a mask on, but if it’s what makes the couple comfortable enough to enjoy their Big Day, it is not something that should be up for debate. 

At the end of the day, if you are dead set on having your dream wedding, the best way to make that happen is to wait out the pandemic. If you are willing to be more flexible, consider a heavily compromised wedding. Limit your guest list, choose an outdoor venue, try to keep a distance from others as often as possible, and stock each table with hand sanitizer and masks.