Queer Eye's Bobby Berk on DIY Backyard Weddings

On Netlix's Queer Eye, we've seen host Bobby Berk transform spaces and make deserving couples (and, OK, us too!) cry countless tears of joy. Now, we have news: He's doing it again—this time for engaged couples with wedding plans impacted by COVID-19.

Meet the Expert

Bobby Berk is an interior designer based in New York City, where he owns a full-service design practice for residential, commercial, and hospitality clientele. He is best known as the design guru on Netflix's Queer Eye.

This summer, the famed interior designer has partnered with Lowe's to curate three collections—boho, farmhouse, and coastal chic—of backyard wedding décor designed for couples of all styles. Naturally, to kick off the launch, he worked with real couples (from Arizona, South Carolina, Ohio, and New York!) to reimagine their planned dream weddings into their dream backyard weddings.

Check out their stories below but don't feel overwhelmed by a huge reno project when you do! Berk is a pro at installing bistro lights and draping best-not-seen spaces, but it's OK if you're not a DIY pro yourself. He has tips, tricks, and advice to help any couple (no matter your style, budget, or expertise with a hammer) DIY a backyard wedding at home.

Berk's Top Tips

  1. Embrace Ambient Lighting: "If I could incorporate just one thing into a backyard wedding, it would be ambient lighting, brought in through bistro lights, candles, or lanterns," he says. "These items immediately elevate the mood and warm the space!"
  2. Maximize Small Spaces: Working with a small space? Berk recommends utilizing products—such as beautiful flowers, herbs, plants, or bistro lights— that will enhance the setting pre-and post-wedding. "Those foundational items won't take up extra space as décor might, but they will beautify the space and keep it often," he explains. "The simple backyard upgrades regardless of the size of your space can ensure your ceremony feels cohesive, romantic, and special."
  3. Consider the Weather: When hosting a backyard, it's critical to know your weather patterns. Does the sun hit in a certain direction that could be the most comfortable for you as a couple or for the guests? "Set up the backyard in a way that is most comfortable for guests and for you as a couple, so it is the most pleasant," Berk says. "You can add fabric and bring in greenery to help create shade where needed."
  4. Focus On What's Most Important: Berk encourages couples to think beyond the wedding day, saying, "Most importantly, a wedding isn't what makes your relationship, it's your marriage! Don't forget the value of why you want to get married—to spend the rest of your life with one another, not just to spend the most perfect day together."

Read on for more backyard wedding #inspo but remember: All you really need is your partner, a simple design vision, and a few statement pieces from his new collections—oh, and lots of ambient lighting!

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