Decorating for Outdoor Weddings
An outdoor wedding sets a naturally lovely scene with a few decor touches here and there
By Yu Qing
An outdoor wedding's beauty comes from its picturesque surroundings: breathtaking mountains, the scenic ocean or magnificent trees of the forest. Gain inspiration from nature and create a wedding that will impress your guests, but be prepared for challenges specific to outdoor weddings.
- What You Need to Know
- Plan for the weather, set up appropriate lighting, help your guests stay comfortable outdoors and make sure your decorations complement your natural surroundings.
Choose a suitable location. There are countless options available for a beautiful outdoor wedding: get married on a farm, in a ballpark or in a garden. Travel guides and tourist websites offer a wealth of information for possible outdoor venues. When you select the location, make sure you keep the climate in mind. The weather should be suitable for an outdoor event on your wedding date. You should also keep in mind that scenery changes with the season.
Find vendors who are experienced in outdoor events. Outdoor events have different requirements than indoor weddings: You might need a florist who can mask tent poles, a caterer who can build an outdoor kitchen or a lighting expert who knows how to work with the landscape.
Set up adequate lighting. This is especially important if the event extends to the evening -- you don't want guests to have a hard time finding their way around. Rent or purchase suitable lighting, such as torches, paper lanterns or candles. Appropriate lighting can add considerably to the décor. For example, paper lanterns create a romantic atmosphere when hung from the low branches of trees.
Decorate the aisle. Place two long flower arrangements on both sides of the aisle. Possible flower choices include lilies and roses, which have lush blooms. Ask guests to find their seats from the outside and leave the aisle untouched for the bride and her wedding party.
Furnish the tent with elegant touches. A tent can protect guests from bad weather, or keep guests comfortable with shade and air-conditioning on a hot day. Add lush greenery at the tent opening and place bouquets of fresh blooms throughout the tent to bring the beauty of nature inside.
Set up an outdoor candlelit dinner. Candles create an intimate and romantic ambience when placed on the dinner table. Use small votive candles in short glass candle holders, and spread them generously around each table. Place taper candles inside hanging lamps, and fill the bottoms with rose petals. Hang the lamps from trees.
About the Author
Yu Qing is a freelance writer and has worked in the bridal jewelry and event planning industries.
Browse By Top DexKnows Cities
- St Paul
A great way to select wedding bouquets is looking through fashion magazines because so many fashion trends can translate into floral designs.... Watch Video
Order reception flowers
Don't just think about the flowers' colors, consider scale. Big venues require big floral arrangements that won't get lost in the space. If you want to save money, look to large blooms that fill out a centerpiece and often cost less than two or three smaller flowers that equal its size.
View your wedding checklist!
A container for flowers that is placed on or by a church pew.View the Full Weddings Glossary