A Guide to Backyard Gazebo Wedding Planning

Having a DIY wedding is the perfect way to maintain creative control over every aspect of your big day without breaking the bank. Modern brides can take advantage of free online resources that allow them to gather inspiration, create their own decorations, and organize finances. These days, many brides are choosing outdoor gazebo weddings because of the versatility and ample opportunities for beautiful photos. Below you will find inspiration for decorating your gazebo and tutorials for some of the most popular DIY design projects.

This article from Offbeat Bride offers a roundup of seventeen ways to creatively jazz up your gazebo for the big day. From custom artwork to colorful streamers and disco balls, these photos are sure to inspire you.

Every DIY bride needs to be organized. Wedding Wire provides free tools to keep track of the budget, guest list, seating chart, vendors, and inspirational photos.

This results page from The Knot offers hundreds of wedding gazebo photos.

This old wooden gazebo is decorated simply and elegantly with streamers and textured paper balloons.

Large tissue paper pompoms are one of the most popular DIY design ideas. This is an easy, cheap, and stylish solution for sprucing up your gazebo.

This gazebo is elegantly decorated with ribbon, a white floral garland, and hanging yellow pompoms made out of flowers. Two bouquets framing the entrance give it a classic touch.

This helpful video demonstrates how to easily decorate a wedding gazebo with a floral garland and flower balls.

Although this slideshow focuses on arches and alters, many of the ideas (such as the use of wreaths, garlands, and lanterns) can easily be used on gazebos.

Chuppahs-or Jewish wedding canopies-are very similar to gazebos and are often decorated the same way. This post includes a roundup of several chuppah photos with unique design ideas, such as using tulle or fabric draped across the top of the enclosure.

This post about chuppahs includes a few new inspirational photos, such as one that uses a combination of tulle and flowers to create an ethereal atmosphere.

Colorful streamers, ribbons, and pompoms are a great alternative to traditional garland and floral arrangements.

Many of these DIY decorating ideas can easily be used to decorate a gazebo. For a whimsical effect, try draping the gazebo with strings of (faux) pearls and wrapping the supports with dried twigs.

This couple dressed up their drab wooden gazebo with a simple colorful banner of ribbons. The minimalist decorations of this wedding also feature matching tissue paper pompoms and a pennant banner.

The finished product of this DIY pergola tutorial-flowing white fabric and a hydrangea trim-would look beautiful on a wedding gazebo.

This post includes a fun idea for book-lovers: using bookcases decorated with flowers and old books as a focal point at the alter!

This comprehensive list for planning a DIY wedding will put your mind at ease.

A Practical Wedding offers several spreadsheets to help organize contact details, guest lists, and venue information.

Browse through tutorials about how to put together music for the reception and how to make your own invitations, bouquets, stationary,

The "décor" section of this site includes weekly roundups of DIY wedding projects.

This slideshow from MSN Living offers information about thirty popular DIY wedding crafts.

    This article includes tutorials for aisle and alter decorations, paper flowers and pompoms, which are perfect for decorating gazebos.

    Hanging rose balls are one of the most popular DIY gazebo decorations out there, and this tutorial will teach you how to put them together in a snap.

    Learn how to make a simple faux-flower ball with these helpful instructions from Michaels.

    Dressing up a plain park gazebo with gauzy white fabric and matching flowers is a simple and elegant way to create a romantic background.

    This roundup of wedding garland tutorials is perfect for those interested in sprucing up their gazebo with flowers and pompoms.