Tips for Planning Your Backyard Wedding Reception


Backyard wedding receptions can be casual events or sophisticated affairs. Holding your wedding reception in a backyard allows you to customize every part of the celebration. It also makes the event more affordable, allowing you to spend more for food or décor. Here are a few tips for planning your backyard wedding reception.


Gage the Backyard Space


Before scheduling any part of your reception, go over your guest list. It’s important to make sure that the backyard you intend to use for the event is big enough for everyone you want to invite. Confirming that the backyard is set up for the type of reception that you want is also important. For instance, do you want the food to be offered buffet style or plated? If you’re planning a buffet, is there an area for a buffet table? Or, is the backyard large enough for the number of tables you need for a plated dining affair? If you are unsure about the size of your space, talk to a catering or rental company. Most can tell you how much space you need based on the size of your guestlist.

Backyard Wedding Reception


Be Sure to Prepare


When your backyard wedding reception is about 8 weeks away, take some time to prep the space. If you’re planning your wedding for the summer months, the only thing that you’ll need to do is keep the landscaping watered and trimmed. The spring and summer months will also provide most of your reception décor. If you’re holding the big day a little later in the summer, then plan your flowers and foliage with your reception in mind. In this case, you might want to have your colors selected. If you do, then you, or your parents, can purchase annual flowers in your wedding colors.    

Backyard Wedding Reception

Choose Your Theme


Whether you want a simple backyard affair or a fancy, elegant design, your theme will guide most of your decorating decisions. Each theme requires different flowers, centerpieces, linens, food choices, chairs and more. 

Backyard Wedding Reception

Get a Tent

Backyard Wedding Reception

When it comes to a backyard wedding reception, it’s a good idea to rent a tent. This will help you avoid feeling stressed should adverse weather arise. Not only will it protect you and your guests from less than ideal weather conditions, but it will also provide shelter from the sun or excess wind.


A Reception to Remember


Backyard wedding receptions are always memorable. By planning your wedding celebration in your backyard or that of a family member or a friend, you’ll be able to make it your own. Along with it being easy to customize, backyard wedding receptions are less expensive, and they let you welcome nature into your event.   


Backyard Wedding Reception

Backyard Wedding Reception

Backyard Wedding Reception

Click here to get the full love story on the featured couple, Jackie and Pedro!


Photography by Tasha Rose


LDS temple dresses should be beautiful and comfortable. While temple dresses are not customized to your exact measurements, they are available in a variety of sizes to give you a comfortable fit. Keep in mind that you may need to have yours altered if you prefer a perfect fit. We have new styles available, so take a peek at our site to see what we’ve added.


Beautiful and Comfortable LDS Temple Dresses

San Diego

 LDS Temple Dresses the San Diego by LatterDayBride

With its relaxed fit and empire waistline, our San Diego temple dress is pretty and easy to wear. The skirt drapes loosely from the waistline, giving you plenty of room to move. It has a round neckline and sleeves that fit lightly around the wrists. This temple dress features a classic style, one that you’ll enjoy wearing for years.



 LDS temple dress The Saratoga by LatterDayBride

A unique sweater-inspired pattern makes this LDS temple dress special. The dress’s rounded neckline is becoming while its loose-fitting sleeves make movement easy. Sizes range from extra small to four extra-large. The Saratoga is one of our more ornate LDS temple dresses, so if you prefer to wear apparel pieces that are on the intricate side, this may be the dress for you.



 The Rome, an LDS Temple Dress by LatterDayBride

With its charming lace bodice and fitted sleeves, the Rome is one of our new temple dresses designed to make you look elegant. It has a wide waistband and pleats that flow down the length of the bodice. The dress also has pleats below the waistband, and these allow the skirt to flow gracefully to the floor. Because the neckline is round, it is likely to flatter the wearer.


Affordable and Elegant


Our LDS temple dresses come in different styles, allowing you to choose one that complements your personality. We have a number of dresses that are 10% off or more. Check out our collection and see which ones are available at a discount. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about our new LDS temple dress selections!  Happy dress shopping!

You all know how much we adore featuring our real brides and grooms, so today we are stoked to be able to feature Corrine & Reed and their winter bridals & formals in Utah! 

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom

Winter Bridals in Utah

Winter gets a bad rap in the wedding world. Everyone dreams of spring and summer weddings, or being the quintessential "June Bride." Visions of fragrant blossoms lining the aisle and dancing under the stars sometimes blind us to the fact that there are indeed other seasons to get married in...even, GASP, winter! 

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in snow

I know, I know, winter in Utah is usually snowy and cold. But winter brides know something many of us sometimes forget...winter is gorgeous in it's very own way. And what is the color that comes to mind the most when we think of weddings? WHITE! So we submit to you that nothing goes together better than white weddings and a beautiful white winter. 

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom real bride

Corrine and Reed chose to embrace the beautiful landscape of the canyons of Utah for their winter bridals. We love that Corrine opted to include Reed in her bridal session to make it more of a "formals" or "black tie" session. We love the idea of having these gorgeous photos of the couple together to display at the wedding reception! 

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in SLC

The Dress: Fairchild

Corrine wore the Fairchild gown by LatterDayBride & Prom. This is one of our absolute favorite winter wedding gowns! This amazing long-sleeved wedding dress features a stunning scalloped neckline, a lovely satin waistband, and delicate pearl buttons cascading down the tulle train. The Fairchild is also fully customizable, from the neckline to the sleeve length and is available in Champagne/Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Ivory/Silver, White/White/Silver, and White/White giving you so many different options! 

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild gown by LatterDayBride & Prom

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in the mountains

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in the snowy mountains

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in the canyons

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom bride & groom

Winter bridals in Utah featuring modest wedding dress the Fairchild by LatterDayBride & Prom in the snowy mountain canyon

We hope you have enjoyed these gorgeous winter bridals featuring our real bride Corrine in our Fairchild gown! We would love to help you find her perfect modest wedding dress. Visit us online to shop or schedule an in-store appointment!

Vendor Credits:

Photographer: Joce Johnson Photo + Video

Flowers: BYU Campus Floral


LatterDayBride and LDS Bride Blog are so excited to feature two beautiful wedding venues in Salt Lake City today! Temple Square is the home to two of Salt Lake City's premier wedding and reception centers: the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB) and The Lion House. Both venues offer delicious gourmet catering and Flowers Squared, a full onsite florist shop.

Beautiful Wedding Venues in Salt Lake City

Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Located at Temple Square, the beautiful Joseph Smith Memorial Building was built in 1911 as the prestigious Hotel Utah. It now has twelve elegant banquet rooms that can accommodate between 20 to 600 guests, perfect for any type of event, whether it be a large wedding reception, family gathering or business meeting. The historic and classy ambiance of the building will provide you with a unique and memorable experience.

Wedding Venue in Salt Lake City, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building

The views from the top of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building are unparalleled. Where else can you get that gorgeous view of the Salt Lake Temple?! 

Views from the JSMB in Salt Lake City

The elegance of the JSMB is unmatched, making it the perfect venue for classic and romantic brides to experience their dream wedding, reception, brunch, or luncheon.

Weddings at Temple Square

Weddings at Temple Square

The Lion House

Located on the south-east corner of Temple Square at State Street and South Temple, The Lion House was built in 1856 and was the family home of Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the first governor of the state of Utah. The home gets its name from the lion statue positioned over the front entryway. Now this beautiful building is a one of a kind event venue. The rooms are decorated with beautiful antique furniture, making The Lion House a perfect place for any event.

The Lion House, a wedding venue in Salt Lake City Utah near Temple Square

JSMB wedding venue in Salt Lake City

Temple Square Hospitality Catering

Temple Square delivers exceptional catering services through its two beautiful venues, offering a variety of delectable menu options – from appetizers and hors d’Oeuvres to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They provide catering services for all events held in both venues as well as off-site catering for our guests. Their professional Event Coordinators are prepared to assist you with every detail of your important day.

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building also offers catering for off-site events in the downtown area. Contact them at 801-539-3519 for more information.

Catering by wedding venues in Salt Lake City JSMB and Lion House

Flowers Squared

With unmatched creativity, on-time dependability, and exceptional value, you’ve found something special with Flowers Squared. They offer bridal bouquets, wedding flowers, elegant centerpieces, flower delivery, and floral room decor at Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. At Flowers Squared, they strive to provide high-quality floral design, the freshest flowers, and personal service through:

  *   Full onsite floral staff
  *   Free personal floral consultations
  *   A complete range of prices and arrangements
  *   Access to truly unique specialty items, simply not available through a traditional retail florist
  *   Flower delivery in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas

Flowers Squared wedding florist at Temple Square

Both of these beautiful wedding venues in Salt Lake City, along with the Temple Square Hospitality Catering and Flowers Squared, offer complimentary consultations. Book a consultation for any of these services here!

We hope you have enjoyed this post featuring these gorgeous wedding services offered by Temple Square Hospitality. Happy wedding planning!

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