An outdoor wedding is a truly unique way of celebrating the love between you and your partner. With the breeze blowing through the trees and birds singing, it’s the perfect setting to tie the knot. As well as the atmosphere, the venue grounds are a great backdrop for photos which you will definitely cherish forever.
You’ll want to decorate your wedding area to make it stand out, and with an outdoor wedding, you have a whole new world of wedding decoration ideas to choose from. With this in mind, we’ve compiled our 10 favourite ideas for you.
So, if you’re planning on having your ceremony outdoors, whether you’re looking for an extravagant party or some elegant nuptials indeed, make sure to read on to discover how to make your wedding unique!
Garden wedding decorations
When choosing outdoor wedding decorations you need to make sure they are terrain appropriate. British weather is often unpredictable, so having to potentially heave an awful lot of wires from outside to inside is a no go. You know what they say: “whatever the weatherman says, expect the opposite”!
Utilise nature where you can, and opt for simple and inexpensive decor. eBay and Amazon are great places to find the dream decor you’re looking for. Ask friends and family members if they have anything they can lend or donate from their home or their own wedding; you might just be surprised!
If you are planning on saying “I do” in a barn setting, you simply must include haybales. These are fairly cheap and sometimes come with the venue. Hay bales can be utilised in a variety of ways including for seating arrangements, or draped with material and fashioned as tables.
These bring a truly rustic feel to your wedding day and look great in photographs, especially if they’re used to line your wedding aisle! For more inspiration, the company Style Me Pretty have some absolutely gorgeous ideas for more rustic themed ceremonies, such as barn or farm weddings.
A lot of couples opt for coloured plates, cups and cutlery. If you plan to have your meal outdoors in a marquee, these look really effective, particularly if the tablecloth is white (to match your wedding dress!) Try a mismatched style for a more rustic look or if you have a particular centre colour, tailor your cutlery to this.
Neon signs have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years and everyone has an Instagram picture in front of one, and for good reason. They look cool and add a pop of colour to any venue. You can also take them back to decorate your home or garden after the wedding. Generic ones are available online or many places do custom signs if you want your names or the date of the wedding.
Outdoor wedding arch
Every outdoor wedding needs a stunning archway. They are perfect for special photo moments and some couples choose to say “I do” in front of them.
If your venue doesn’t have one, simply create your own. You have plenty of options for wedding arches and they don’t need to be costly. If you want to decorate an existing arch, use fairy lights and string them around for an extra special touch.
No outdoor wedding decoration ideas would be complete without flowers. You’re getting married in nature. Obviously, you should incorporate some gorgeous wedding flowers into your decor.
Hang them around chairs and tables, make wreaths and string them up in the trees or tie them around wire gates. You can combine flowers and fairy lights for an extra bit of sparkle, and have the prettiest reception decor for your rustic wedding.
The simple balloon is probably the worlds most used decoration, seen at parties and carnivals alike, but aren’t to be discredited. Used wisely, balloons can look really effective and add a pop of colour to your venue. Use pastel shades for a more whimsical, romantic effect, or bright reds and blues if you want them to stand out. Here are our favourite confetti balloons you can buy online from Party Pieces.
Where would an outdoor wedding decoration ideas blog be without fairy lights? These little devices make any area look bright and cool, and can be hung around anything.
Make use of the natural resources you have with an outdoor wedding reception and light up trees, bushes and anything else around. These look especially cool as the daytime wedding turns to the nighttime reception.
For something more traditional, candles look great and really add to the romantic vibe. Just be wary of wind and have backups so you aren’t left in the dark.
DIY outdoor wedding decorations
Homemade outdoor wedding decoration ideas are quirky and give your wedding a personal touch. It also means you can save money without skipping on the decor.
Have a day with your loved ones where you sit in the garden and make hand made table decorations with a few cocktails. It’s a really nice pre-wedding activity where everyone can get involved. Raid your store cupboards and charity shops for inspiration. You never know where you might find the perfect treasure!
The great thing about outdoor wedding decorations is that they suit a more ‘homemade’ appearance. A fancy 5-star venue requires more polished decor, but you can have more fun with an outdoor venue! Use any materials you have, whether it’s silk, patchwork or cloth, and drape them around trees, chairs and tables for an effective look. A mix of colours and fabrics looks chic and creates a more rustic atmosphere.
Paper is both cheap and looks great. Get the little ones involved before the wedding and ask them to make decorations. Then on the day, you’ll have special reminders of them everywhere. And the kids will love to see the things they’ve made hung up.
These handy little jars have risen in popularity after regularly featuring on Instagram and Pinterest. They can be utilised in a variety of ways, such as filled with sweets or used as cutlery holders. The sky really is the limit with mason jars so grab a few and get creative. You can buy packs of 12 mason jars here.
Photos really transform any venue and make them personal. Print out photos of you and your other half throughout the time you’ve been together. You could have a corkboard, string them around trees or hang up inside the marquee if you have one. Wedding photos taken on the day with a polaroid camera can add colour to the venue.
Outside wedding decorations at Ettington Chase
No matter which decorations you choose, the natural world will be a stunning setting for your wedding. Obviously, the optimal time will be during the spring and summer months, when the weather is warm but not overly hot. It goes without saying that British weather is temperamental, so always have a backup plan in case of turbulent weather or downfalls. If prepared, an outdoor wedding can be really memorable and set the marriage off on a high.
If you’ve just started the wedding planning process and are looking for the perfect venue for your outdoor wedding, look no further than Alexandra House. The sweeping grounds of our wedding venue will be the best ceremony backdrop, and set the scene for your fairytale wedding and you are your partner will remember your special day forever.
Our team have a wealth of experience which they can draw on to ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. We have dedicated coordinators have intimate knowledge and skills to plan the perfect day. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team today for further information, queries or to book your wedding day.