The best decor ideas for an outdoor wedding
Planning an outdoor wedding? Look no further than our list compiling some of the trendiest ways to decorate it. From elegant string lighting to rustic wine barrels, we’ve got inspiration for every theme.
Whoever said you couldn’t elevate the outdoors? Hanging chandeliers is a beautiful way of bringing elegance to your wedding and illuminating the setting at nightfall.
2. Tented Wedding with Checkerboard Dance Floor
If you envision an outdoor wedding but still want cover in case of rain, there’s nothing better than a tent. With a makeshift ceiling, the design possibilities (floral chandeliers, real chandeliers and more) are truly endless. As for the dance floor, you’ll need something solid for guests to dance on as opposed to grass so why not opt for a swanky design such as checkerboard.
3. Large Ceremony Flowers for the Altar
Embrace the beauty of the outdoors by framing the altar at your ceremony with a few oversized floral arrangements. Not only will they guarantee luxury, they’ll serve as gorgeous accents to your wedding pictures. Afterward, simply transport them to your reception.
4. Floral Welcome Signs
Another ode to the outdoors is a lush floral welcome sign at the entrance of your ceremony or reception. Keep it simple with greenery or fancy it up with more elaborate flowers that follow the palette of your theme. Either way, guests won’t be able to take their eyes off it.
5. Paper Fans
Let’s face it, outdoor weddings are hot. Providing guests with a paper fan on their seat is a kindness that won’t go unnoticed. Serving two purposes in one, paper fans ease guests of the heat on a hot summer day and inform them of the activities to come.
You don’t need to have a Christmas wedding to use wreaths for decor. Hang them from a structure above you and your beloved at the ceremony and reception or place them on the gates/doors of your venue as a warm welcome.
7. Chalkboard Signs
I think we can all agree writing on the chalkboard was our favourite part of school growing up. Now, you can use it as decor at your wedding. Seating charts, table numbers, welcome signs, whatever stationery you include can be presented through chalkboard signage.
8. Ceremony Benches
Individual chairs are usually a go-to seating choice for outdoor weddings, but why not change it up and use ceremony benches. You might be able to fit more people with less items and styles come in a wide range: logs, sleighs or cushioned.
9. Wine Barrels
Rustic brides take note, one of the hottest decor elements for weddings today is wine barrels topped with flowers. Use them to either frame the entrance of your ceremony or serve as the base of your sweet table and drink station.
10. Outdoor Lounge Furniture
When cocktail hour commences and you and your new hubby need to go take pictures, there’s nothing more inviting than stylish outdoor lounge furniture for guests to sit back and relax on.
Plain and simple, swings provide a romantic visual for outdoor wedding pictures. Plus it allows you to take a break from standing and sit down gracefully. Your inner child will thank you for the walk down memory lane.
12. Flower Petal Aisle
One of the easiest ways to decorate your ceremony is by placing flower petals down the aisle. If you want to get creative with it, opt for an ombre effect or swirly design.
Instead of simply lighting candles at your wedding, light the way by placing them inside vintage lanterns. If light isn’t needed at the time, lanterns can serve as a decorative spot to place flowers.
14. String Lighting
Like fireflies in the night, string lighting adds serious whimsy to a wedding reception. Especially if you’re saying “I do” in the city, twinkling lights will illuminate the sky in place of stars.
15. Drink Dispensers in Old Cabinets
What’s more refreshing than pouring yourself a glass of cold lemonade from a drink dispenser at an outdoor wedding? We guarantee adults and children alike will get a kick out of it.
16. Picket Fence Signs
Instead of having guests guess where the washroom is, lead the way with an adorable picket fence sign. If your venue already has one, personalize it with flowers or your names and wedding date.
17. Gazebo Wedding Flowers
If you’re saying “I do” under a gazebo, chances are it won’t already be decorated. Take it upon yourself to give it a facelift by framing it with flowers. Everyone will be “wowed.”
18. Hanging Jars Filled with Flowers
Already a fan of mason jars? Then you’ll jump at the chance of incorporating them in your wedding by hanging the jars and filling them with flowers for centrepieces.
As day turns to night, temperatures start to cool down. A thoughtful way of keeping your guests warm at an outdoor wedding is by offering blankets to wrap themselves with.
20. Empty Picture Frames
Empty picture frames come in all colours, shapes and sizes so naturally that makes them a perfect decor item for your wedding. Use them as table numbers or simply hang them on a backdrop behind your head table as a visual cue.
Vintage outdoor weddings are calling for ladders to pose as a decorative feature. Cover them with flowers and twinkling lights or use it as a clever display for your cakes.
22. Wooden Slabs
Honour the beauty of nature by lining your aisle with wooden slabs or tree trunks. Top it off with fresh flowers and you’ve got yourself the perfect decor for a rustic outdoor wedding.
23. Window Frames
Like empty picture frames, window frames pose a plethora of possibilities for decor. Lean it against an entrance and use it as a seating chart or fill it with goodies (such as popcorn cones) as an interactional feature at your sweet table.
24. Floral Hoops
Probably one of hottest wedding decor trends today is floral hoops. Hang them above your head table, design it into your cake or even wear it as your bouquet. Floral hoops are all the rage!