Hosting an outdoor wedding allows you to enjoy the scenic beauty of the natural surroundings to help create an unforgettable ceremony. Taking advantage of nature’s beauty can mean less time and money spent on decorations, but there are still things you can do to enhance the venue. Use these decor ideas to elevate your outdoor wedding venue and personalize it to fit your style.
Incorporate a Ceremony Focal Point
An outdoor location typically means plenty of space. You can better manage the location and define the space by adding a clear focal point. A decorative arbor is the perfect way to delineate your ceremony site. Arbors can have a variety of looks, so there is bound to be one to fit your taste. Choose stained wood, white, natural wood, or door arbors that can lend a rustic or romantic vibe. An arbor can be covered in lights, greenery, flowers, draped fabric or any other decorations that enhance your other style choices. For door-style arbors, consider wreaths, fabric, and/or florals to make a statement.
Other accent ideas include pedestals or columns featuring flower arrangements and plants such as ferns. For a more rustic look, wine barrels offer a unique way to display florals or lanterns. Some couples choose a unique farmhouse-style or vintage-looking table to display wedding programs and/or a guest book.
Include Natural Greenery and Flowers
You can enhance any outdoor wedding venue with additional greenery and flowers. Place them along the aisles and near entrances for an added pop of color and texture. Hang flowers or decor on shepherd’s hooks and place them up the sides of your aisle. (Then, to get more bang for your buck, take the hanging flowers/decor and use them for centerpieces on your guest tables!) Consider some of the current sustainability trends such as using a live potted plant or succulents that you (or your guests) can then keep in your home after the wedding.
Whether you want to welcome guests, guide guests to their seats, or display drink options, signs are the perfect addition to an outdoor wedding. One popular option is chalkboard signs, which provide a rustic look that will perfectly complement most venues and add a touch of whimsy.
Choose Eye-Catching Bouquets
An outdoor wedding brings the benefits of a beautiful natural setting with more florals and greenery than you may typically see indoors. You may want to entertain the idea of using unexpected or unique arrangements to make your bouquets really pop. Another 2020 wedding trend is using bright, bold colors, which can draw the eye in to bring attention to you and your wedding party.
Party Outside with an Outdoor Reception
If you dream of dancing under the stars or mingling with your guests under twinkling lights, you may enjoy keeping the party outside all night for an outdoor reception! Open-air and tented options are available. Hanging string lights always add just the right amount of charm and a feeling of coziness, while also defining your reception space. Consider various lighting options such as stringing lights above guest tables, wrapping lights around trees, setting up tiki torches, decorating with lanterns, incorporating twinkling lights into your centerpieces, etc.
A fun and interesting bar set-up is always popular with guests and will add character to your reception space. Some bartending services offer personalized bar fronts, which can include the couple’s names and wedding date for a stylish touch. A rustic wooden bar with bourbon barrels is the perfect accent for a farm wedding. Consider featuring unique vintage pieces and specialty rental sets such as lounge packages, which make a thoughtful addition and add a pop of color to any space. Guests will appreciate a chance to sit down during cocktail hour and will be coming back for photos all night long! You can even have more fun with food outside. Offer interactive food experiences, such as popcorn bars, candy bars, or s’mores-making stations. Food trucks create a festive vibe and can provide delicious treats, such as donuts and coffee, in between dances.
At the Rand-Bryan House, an indoor and outdoor wedding venue, we offer a variety of options and work with couples to create the perfect setting for their big day. Contact us today to learn more about our extensive property and how our experienced staff can help you take care of all the details, including creative decor ideas.