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Let’s be honest, the big fat Indian wedding is a concept that looked appealing pre-COVID. Post lockdown, weddings, for at least a few months, if not years, will be small affairs. And in a world that’s fast-moving towards sustainability both in life and celebrations, intimate backyard weddings in 2020 can take the burden off by removing wastage and unnecessary frills, in a good way.

So what do we have? Indian wedding ceremonies design-wise being pared-down, guest lists cut down mercilessly and smaller, thoughtful details given their diligent due. If you, like us, want an intimate wedding in your backyard ( if you have a big one!), or if you want to rent a smaller outdoor space or have it at a farmhouse or borrow a friend’s flat with the right skyline, this is the time to refocus your energies to planning your special day the right way.

An intimate small-space wedding is perfect for couples who love the outdoors, who want to be enveloped by their closest friends and family and for those who are looking to avoid unnecessary costs. The bigger win is the fact that a smaller wedding might just let you work your budgets in a better way – from logistics to design to outfits and the number of ceremonies. But more than anything, we wanted to give you a few ideas on how one can create a set-up that’s intimate and cosy and hits all the right notes. Our pick of 10 ideas that will work beautifully to create the wedding of your dreams in 2020.

An intimate dinner with a view

Intimate backyard weddings for 2020

Wedding planned by: Shaadi Squad / Instagram. Photography: @alen_karupovic

Pick a view that works for you – outdoor weddings need that one big photo-op and a good view can come from anywhere – a space that reflects the couple’s, mutual love. Making that a backdrop can add a personal touch to a wedding dinner. It need not be a grand view with a stage and the works – just one that is natural and speaks to you.

Use vintage furniture as a way to keep it homely

Intimate backyard weddings for 2020

Designed and styled by @atisuto_events/ Instagram

Using vintage, old furniture and jazzing it up is the new decor. Every year, many weddings create a new decor for a single ceremony and all that thermocol, cardboard and extra fixings do really seem like they will not be used after the ceremony. Enter, vintage furniture that can be rented or carted from home to create a homely atmosphere.

Tiny tents are good conversation-starters

Intimate backyard weddings for 2020

Designed and styled by: With Love Nilma/ Instagram 

We are loving the idea of tents that add just a touch of rustic beauty to any wedding ceremony. Places where the guests can sit down and have a chat – an informal way of bringing people together.

Using natural foliage to create decor and not the other way around

Intimate backyard weddings for 2020

Wedding design: Altair/ Instagram ; Photography:@shreyasenphotography

Instead of creating newer spots to place food and other stations, its best to use nature to create a new design altogether. We love how Altair decor has made use of the trees in this space beautifully by hanging brass divas and tassels to give it a bohemian look.

Outdoor floor seating is always a good idea

Intimate backyard weddings for 2020

Decor by: @vintage.origami.weddings; @crocusfloraldesign; @aroraevents; @predatorridgeweddings/ Instagram

Throwing around a few cushions and keep it simple. This pretty set-up by Vintage Origami Weddings is a lesson in minimalism and style.

Local flowers if used creatively can make any wedding look luxe

Picture Courtesy: Rani Pink 

The floral decor ideas are as simple as they come. Using the most commonly found flowers, dogra and roses, Rani Pink had created a whole new colour palette. The brass plates added the vintage, old-world charm.

Photo walls are the new photo-ops

Wedding design: Altair/ Instagram

Using family pictures and nostalgia-driven photo shoots in beautiful frames is a great way to create intimate set-up. We are loving how Altair decor has used pink and black as a colour palette to make the black and white pictures pop.

Add a swing or two to make sure you have a laidback spot for the Mehendi

Decor, design concept & styling by: @thea3project; Styling, props & furniture rentals :@houseofacube; Production:@celebrations4u; Photographs by: @shotstoriesbyvarunsuresh

A swing is always a good idea and we love how the good people at A-Cube Project have decorated it with foliage and flowers to give it that rustic yet sophisticated look.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.