The backyard is the new ballroom: Offbeat Bride on simple weddings in the New York Times

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg got married with that really awesome, relatively simple backyard wedding a couple months back? Well, the New York Times ran an article this weekend about that fits into the growing trend of simple weddings, and we were featured:

Over at the wedding site Offbeatbride.com, the publisher, Ariel M. Stallings, said the number of visitors to her Simple Wedding archive has grown since the Zuckerberg-Chan event … "The backyard is the new ballroom," said Amy Kaneko, an events planner in San Francisco.


Read the full article and tell us about YOUR simple wedding in the comments.

  1. Yay for the mention!

    We're going the county park route. The ceremony & then buffet, all in the same room without having to travel. Lanterns & not flowers for centerpieces. A mid-day, relaxed party.

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    • We're doing almost the exact same thing. Ceremony/reception at a park, catered by a local BBQ joint, with yarn flower centerpieces and decor from Party City. Oh, and lawn games! :D

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      • I wanted to do lawn games, but the area is all sloped. No good losing the bocce in the lake!

        Good Luck & Congratulations

  2. LOVE this! We went to City Hall, followed by a meal for our 16 guests in a favourite Chinese restaurant, followed by an after party with drinks and cake at our place. Relaxed, casual and very fun. Oh, and I wore jeans!

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  3. We were married in Vegas by "Elvis" in front of immediate family and my best friend. Then, we took everyone to a nearby In-N-Out for burgers and cake. It was awesome :)

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  4. This makes me happy! We rented a summercamp for a weekend long get together. The reception will be super simple with a really casual barbecue.

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  5. We are having our ceremony in a chapel built in the 1800s that is now city owned, and then the reception in my parents' backyard under tents. We'll be setting everything up a few days prior and having everyone over after the rehearsal dinner to put the final touches on everything. It has taken so much stress off of me planning-wise, even though when it all comes down to it, we're paying about the same for the tented approach versus a venue.

  6. For my second marriage, we got married in our living room after a two-day engagement! A friend quickly got ordained online and served as officiant, and our kids and two witnesses (close friends) were the only guests. We all went out to a nice dinner afterwards, and told the rest of our family and friends the next day that we were married!

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