Backyard DIY Wedding
Lisa & Elliott
20 (was 70 before covid)
That you don’t have to spend a huge amount of money and have huge numbers of people there to make your wedding special and memorable.
Notes from the lovers
Tell us about the decision to have a DIY wedding
It was really important to us for our day to represent who we are and to be what we loved and what we were all about. We are both creative people with a love of vintage and boho style; plus the thought of someone else designing our day didn’t feel right to us. We wanted the day to have a personal feel to it and to look like us and that begun with having the wedding in our families backyard (Elliot’s parents).
Our vision was vintage, boho, DIY, mix match, relaxed and a food truck was a must! We wanted to do everything ourselves from making the tomato chutney guest favours to making the wedding bouquets and arrangements.
The best thing about a backyard wedding is both the freedom to design and choose the day just as you want it to be and that we will forever have the memories of being in the family home. Elliot’s sister also got married a few years back in their parents backyard and we love that we have created a tradition to share.
Photographer: Tay & Francis
Florist: Table flowers grown in brides parents yard and dried bouquet flowers bought from Magnolia Lane
Celebrant: I heart ceremonies
Bride’s Accommodation: Couples House.
venue: Elliot’s parents backyard
Couch, chairs & side Tables: Willow Wood Hire
Catering: The Bun Mobile.
cake: The Dessert Architects
(PS. Because we love cake we decide to keep our cake big enough for our original guests numbers Instead of down sizing and we have frozen a layer to share on our 1st anniversary)
Drinks: Brouhaha Brewery
Wedding favours: We made our own chutneys.
Stationery: made and designed by bride & groom.
Entertainment: We created our own play lists as we had to cancel our musicians due to limits in head counts.
Bridal Boutique: Ferrari Formal
Shoes: River Island
Accessories: Ferrari Formal and Etsy
Custom Jacket: ASOS & hand painted by artist friend.
Makeup & Hair: Elegance Hair and Beauty
Bridesmaid dresses: Stylish Bride Accs
Bow tie: Otta Bow tie.
Groom Shoes: BLAQ
Your covid wedding changes
It was all a bit stressful to begin. We were originally booked to have our wedding last year but had to cancel due to the lock down and this year we thought everything was full steam ahead until the day of my hens party when we went into the snap lockdown and had to wrap up the party early. Then it dawned on us that things may not go to plan again for the wedding day. In the end the thing that was most important to us is that we were finally going to become husband and wife! We didn’t want any more delays or anything to stop us again so we made the decision to go ahead with the restrictions of 20 people. I rushed to cancel our marquee, musicians, second food truck, seating and other things we had booked in order to downsize in a big way!
At the last minute we changed our whole set up. We created our own play lists of favourite music instead of having our musicians, we canceled bar staff and created a diy bar and “pimp your Prosecco“ station and changed our seating and table arrangements. We also organised a private Facebook group where we live streamed the wedding so our guests that couldn’t come could watch and still be involved. I especially loved that some guests got dressed up and popped champagne while cheering from their lounge rooms. In the end we loved how everything came together and we both felt the day had a more intimate and personal feel just having our core nearest and dearest with us.
Your wedding style..
Mum and I went wedding dress shopping together and I had one of those moments of finding the right dress straight away and going back to the first pick after trying on a few others. I always knew I wanted my bridesmaids in sparkles. I had a vision for my bridesmaids before I knew what I wanted to wear myself! I found the girls dresses via Etsy online and they were custom made for each girl in the colours I choose. I also had my jacket custom painted with “Lady Swanson” on the back which was a surprise on the night to Elliot.
Elliot and I both wanted the guys in suspenders and bow ties and we found the cutest spotted bow ties that matched the girls dress colours. Elliot’s vest was his favourite fabric - tweed and piece by piece we tide everything in together for the perfect look we set out to achieve; right down to little Oliver’s outfit, our 6 month old who also wore suspenders, a bow tie and the cutest vintage style flat cap.
The disco ball was another touch we added to bring our personalities into the day. The disco ball normally hangs in the front door way to our home so it only felt right to have it with us on the day.
in your opinion, what was the most important supplier you booked?
Our food truck! The Bun Mobile was fantastic! They tailored everything to suit our needs and we worked together to create a menu we both loved. They supplied the platters for after the ceremony (cheese and antipasto platters and spring rolls and Dumping platters. For the mains we had a variety of steam buns and French fries.