Real Weddings: Cape Code Low-key Backyard Wedding

Low-Key Backyard Cape Cod Wedding | A gorgeous, fun and budget friendly New England Wedding!

This beautiful, intimate low-key backyard wedding on Cape Cod featured a lot of handmade details, and help from the couple’s family and friends.

I’m a big fan of small, low-key backyard weddings. They just seem so intimate and personal…and budget-friendly. For those of us who shudder at the idea of saying our vows, or having to dance, in front of 200 people, a low-key backyard wedding seems like the dream!

This wedding took place over Memorial Day weekend last year in Eastham, MA. For those of you not in New England, it’s almost at the tip of the Cape. Instead of just talking about how pretty everything was, and how much fun everyone had, I’m going to break this down for you in a more DIY fashion, so that it’s more of a helpful guide.

Low-key Backyard Cape Cod Wedding:

Low-Key Backyard Cape Cod Wedding | A gorgeous, fun and budget friendly New England Wedding!

Guest Count: There were a total of 30 people in attendance – wedding party, family members and all.

Location: The couple was smart about this and found a lovely house on AirBnB. Not only did this make for a lovely wedding spot, but provided a place for the couple to stay for a few nights after the wedding.

Colors: Sea foam greens and pale blues.

Officiant: a close friend of the groom performed the (very short) ceremony.

Food: A barbecue, which was thoughtfully served by the bride’s sister’s husband, a professional cook. Super simple – burgers, hot dogs, salad, fixings.

Music: An iPod playlist, which eventually was replaced by everyone playing random songs for dancing.

Flowers: The bride and bridesmaids went to Whole Foods and bought flowers the day before, then made some great DIY hydrangea bouquets! There were no floral centerpieces and the boutonnieres came from Whole Foods as well.

Drinks: Beer and wine, served from a table in the corner. No bartender. The group was small enough to be self-contained. Non-alcoholic lemonade was also served from a really cute dispenser (as well as water).

Homemade Wedding Cakes | Low-Key Backyard Wedding in Cape Cod
Delicious homemade wedding cakes.

Cakes: Gluten-free custom cakes were made by a family friend, and were delicious! There were three different flavors, and guests basically got to try one of each.

Rentals: Just tables and chairs – the “dance floor” was the yard, and it was sunny enough to not need a tent.

Attire: Bridesmaids all wore cocktail length dresses in a color from the palette. Groomsmen were instructed to wear a “gray suit” and were given a blue Vineyard Vines tie by the groom. The bridesmaids and bride all wore white Converse sneakers.

Decor: The bride DIYed most of the decor – all of which was beach-themed. Linens, plate, forks and cups were all disposable.


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