Getting married in the great outdoors practically guarantees a glorious backdrop. So why not let the setting of your outdoor wedding inspire the theme, decor, cake, and more? Whether you're planning a rustic wedding in a barn in the country or a romantic garden party surrounded by blooms, an al fresco affair will never go out of style. Say "I do" to our best outdoor wedding ideas for an unforgettable ceremony and reception. Not hosting a spring or summer celebration? Check out our dreamy winter wedding ideas, instead.
An outdoor venue means plenty of space (literally) to let your creativity dominate. Think outside the box with ideas that could never work indoors, like an open truck bed decorated with greenery and galvanized buckets.
Whether hung above the dance floor or the reception seating, string lights can make any outdoor spot feel instantly cozier. Plus, you'll be grateful for extra illumination once the sun goes down and dancing shoes come on.
On top of an outdoor bar, you can also make guests feel right at home with a cheerful table dedicated to coffee or tea. The only requirement? Pretty porcelain, of course.
Ditch the chairs and seat your nearest and dearest in true outdoor country style. Top each hay bale with a patterned quilt for extra comfort and much-needed pops of color.
Go beyond burlap and wood to bring your wedding signage to life. Consider using glass window frames as the canvas for your seating chart, or even to show off meaningful quotes. Fixate the display between two trees for the perfect outdoorsy effect.
There's no better way to make your backdrop one with the outdoors than with some gorgeous foliage. This luscious arrangement by instantly dresses up the wood base for the perfect wedding vibe.
Old meets new with this DIY photo setup, where a gorgeous antique desk and chalkboard signage encourage guests to snap a few pictures.
For a budget-friendly DIY, use nature to your advantage as a one-of-a-kind photo display. Attach photos of you and your future spouse to a row of twine, then wrap the display around a nearby tree trunk.
Upgrade your ceremony seating with a statement-making barrel, which you can use as a platform to hold bouquets, pictures of the to-be-weds, or cozy lanterns.
Unlike most indoor weddings, you get to choose the focal point for your outdoor nuptials. Use the scenery to inform where you'll exchange vows, and mark the spot with a ceremony arch festooned in fabric and florals, such as these by .
A weathered wood table serves as a rustic stand for this stunning yet simple white wedding cake display designed by .
We can't think of more fitting seating for an outdoor wedding lounge than comfy Adirondack chairs!
For the reception, picnic tables are just perfect, particularly when positioned beneath twinkle lights and draped with .
A spring wedding outside means plenty of hours of sunlight to snap pictures. Steal away for a few precious first moments of marriage together, perhaps to the place of your first date, and bring your wedding photographer along.
Near the venue entrance, hang a rustic wreath and a romantic sign—and be sure to snap a Pinterest-worthy shot of your dress hanging there before the day begins!
Lead the way in style with a cute chalkboard sign.
'Tis the season for a romantic ceremony with a view, like this one at .
Spring weather can mean rain or shine. For a thoughtful touch, provide parasols for guests to protect themselves from the sun or shelter themselves in case of showers.
Take advantage of warm spring weather and snap a few shots of the bridesmaids and groomsmen in the great outdoors. Fingers crossed your venue has a charming old bridge, like this one at
While you're at it, do a colorful al fresco first look.
Just imagine the sunlight streaming through this whimsical Mason jar chandelier.
We can't think of a better place to say "I do" in the spring than at a botanical garden. Pictured is in Hawaii.
Pick bright blooms befitting of the season.
Tossing petals at the bride and groom as they walk up the aisle is even more fitting for spring soirées.
This pretty display held bundles of pistachios from the groom's family farm, which doubled as both escort cards and wedding favors.
A rustic sign propped up against a tree makes a great menu for al fresco dining.
Instead of individual centerpieces, line reception tables with fresh floral garlands, as in this Menonaqua Inn celebration planned by Smitten Events.
Or, keep it simple with small bunches of blooms arranged in vessels of varying heights.
A rustic outdoor wedding calls for a ceremony arch to match. We love this woodsy one at .
Tree stumps serve as rustic stands for floral decorations along the aisle.