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Tips for a Backyard or Park Wedding Ceremony

Many couples want that simple, elegant, intimate wedding ceremony. Many times, they have them in Parks or Backyards. Your home is special to you and your family. You probably have an amazing backyard, view, or it just feels right. Our Colorado Mountains make some of the best views, and many parks have a water features such as rivers, lakes or fountains.

 Here are a few tips to make it the best ceremony ever!


          Case your space

How much space does your backyard or park have? Does it have space to place chairs? Just a few chairs? Or is it standing room only? Most of our ceremonies are between 5 to 20 minutes long, so if you have guests that need to sit you might want to bring or rent a few for them.


The future is bright

Here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains the sun sets early, so plan at least an extra hour early for your ceremony and photos. Or have a (Led) Candle light ceremony under the stars!

Also, look to the sun, try to place your ceremony location so that the sun is to your guests backs if possible, or they may be squinting to see you. You will be looking at each other so the sun won’t bother you.


“Singing in the Rain”

Weather changes in Colorado very fast so be prepared for all weather conditions. Many times, our officiants have done weddings on days of 100 degree heat, rain, sleet, extreme winds and even blizzards.


Location, Location, Location!

Let your guests and officiant have a map of your location, or set up a meeting spot for everyone. If your location, time or day changes please let everyone know! Some have the same name for different locations, they may be hard to find or if you are in the Mountains many times you will not have cell service! If you must walk a bit, please let your guests know the best route, and what type of shoes to wear. It’s hard to walk up a mountain trail in 5 inch heels.

Confirm with your park or other outdoor location if there are parking or entrance fees. If you book a Colorado Park usually they give you’re a few passes for your guests and officiant. At most national parks you can pay at a pay station to get a parking pass, but you will need cash.


A ‘Pest’y’ Situation

Some locations may have uninvited guests such as mosquitos, gnats and even flies.

Usually the best option is just to bring some bug spray. We know it’s not the best of perfumes or colognes, but it’s probably better than scratching bug bites all night!



The Running Man and Woman

Many couples see a runner as the perfect accessory to walking up to your minister. However, they are very dangerous as they move, are lumpy and can make you trip! Falling for each other is why you are here, but falling down a mountain top can be painful! 


​Below are a few lovely ceremonies that are perfect for an outdoor  wedding.