Backyard wedding

backyard Wedding

Laura & Alister

Guest Numbers


Length of engagement

1 year


Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Plan early and thoroughly. Don’t leave anything to the last minute. Choose your suppliers wisely! Splurge where it matters most i.e. photographers! On the day, be sure to take a moment to yourselves.

Notes from the lovers


How did you find planning a DIY backyard wedding?

I had always hoped to have a backyard / marquee style wedding in my grandparents garden so had a fairly good idea of what it would look like.

I really loved planning our wedding and paying specific attention to every detail I could possibly think of. However, the unforeseen costs of hosting a backyard wedding really creeps up on you and is something to be mindful of when setting out your budget (i.e. you will need a lot more lighting than you think!). I wouldn’t change our wedding for the world but there are some incredibly stressful moments when planning an at home wedding (i.e. a delivery truck accidentally tearing down lighting the day before our wedding). You also have to think of everything from lightning, bathrooms, caterers, seating, tables, florals – the list goes on and on!

Thankfully our caterers were also amazing and met us on site early in the planning process and were able to help us bring our dream to a reality. Their knowledge and expertise with “traffic flow” helped make our job quite easy. and Thankfully Alister is a builder, so his knowledge helped with a lot of our set up. I think we would be still stuck on lighting and garden signage if it wasn’t for Alister.

Also Pinterest will be your best friend during the planning process. I recommend creating a vision board so you can see all of our ideas come together.

Photographer: Trent & Jessie

On the day planner: Mother of Weddings
Florist: Penny Albeck (family friend).

Celebrant: Carly Slade Celebrant

Bride’s Accommodation: Grandparents house

Groom’s Accommodation: Osprey Mooloolaba

Venue: Laura’s Grandparent’s Garden

Catering: Spoonfed Catering

Cake: Mary-Ellen Dowling (Laura’s Aunt)

Wedding favours: Stubby Coolers

Stationery: Anna Jolly Designs

Entertainment: Nick Koschel Entertainment 

Bridal gown designer & bridesmaid dresses: Isabella Longginou 

Veil: Caleche Bridal 

Shoes: Loeffle Randall

Accessories: Earrings - finer rings 

Hair: Hair by Nicola 

Makeup: Jasmine Hingston

Bridesmaid shoes: Jo Mercer

Suits: MJ Bale 

Bow tie: OTAA 

Cufflinks: Cuffed

Groom’s Shoes: RM Williams


The significance of the truck at your entrance?

The 1964 Bedford J1 came off one of Alister’s family properties when it was sold a couple of years ago. It had been sitting in a shed for over 40 years undriven. Alister’s uncles wanted to take it to landfill, but Alister had a better idea to do it up and make it a key feature at our wedding.

Everyone loved it and it made a great entry point.


Tell us about your wedding style

We always knew we wanted a black tie wedding – the boys look very sharp in a black tux! I was very undecided with my bridesmaid dresses but knew I wanted a style that my bridesmaids would be comfortable in and could wear for years to come.

The dress: I always knew that I wanted to have a dress custom made and I knew that I didn’t want a style that I would typically wear. Funnily enough a few girlfriends had said they pictured me wearing a one shoulder dress well before anyone knew the style I had chosen. I also wanted a style that I could (if I chose) to alter into a mini/midi dress to wear for years to come.


Must haves for the day? And advice for finding suppliers

Must haves:
- Standout food (and lots of it) and drink service.
- We loved that we set aside some time to catch up with all of our friends and family during the cocktail hour before being whisked away for photos.

- We also made sure that we weren’t away getting photos for too long – it’s your wedding day,

enjoy it!

- We also had disposable cameras on each table during the reception. I am yet to get them

developed but I have been assured there are some crackers on there.

- I would also recommend an on the day wedding planner! I had planned/organised almost

everything in the lead up to the wedding, but it was so nice to have Cate from Mother of

Weddings there on the day to assist where needed and be the point of contact if anything went wrong. She was honestly amazing and worth her weight in gold! It also meant that Alister and I and our families could enjoy the day stress free.

I couldn’t have been happier with the vendors we chose. I recommend though thoroughly

researching your suppliers - read review, after review, after review. All of our suppliers were

incredible, and our day was perfect because of them. We received so many compliments.

Carly Slade (Celebrant) is high on our list of vendor recs if you’re looking for a great celebrant for your wedding. We also highly recommend SpoonFed (caterers) and Trent and Jessie (photographers) – they know what they’re doing when it comes to weddings!