Simple Outdoor Wedding Ideas

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The great outdoors can be the perfect location for a wedding. If you decide to get married during the late spring, early summer or early fall, you will probably have the weather on your side. You most likely won't have to worry too much about decorating the area if your wedding is outdoors, as trees, sandy beaches or a lovely garden serve as natural and permanent decor.

Picnic Wedding

  • If you and your soon-to-be spouse do not want an elaborate, overly formal wedding, consider throwing a picnic. A picnic wedding can take place in your backyard or at a local park. Make sure you get the proper permits and permission before holding your wedding in a public area, though.

    Have the bridal party carry small baskets full of flowers instead of bouquets down the aisle. The guests can sit on picnic benches during the ceremony. Rent enough picnic tables to seat all your guests at the reception, as well as a few tables for serving or buffet tables. Fill small picnic baskets with locally picked flowers or seasonal fruits and set them on the tables as centerpieces. Serve the type of food you would normally eat at a picnic, such as hamburgers, sandwiches and salads. Consider renting a large tent in case it rains on the day of your wedding.

Wedding on the Beach

  • A quiet beach is a romantic spot for a wedding. Get married right on the shoreline while the waves lap against your feet for an interesting twist. If your wedding takes place in the middle of summer, you may want to hold the wedding first thing in the morning, just as the sun rises, or later in the afternoon, as the sun sets and temperatures cool down.

    You may want to make your wedding a more casual affair if you have it on the beach. Skip the long train on the bride's dress, since it will just drag in the sand. High heeled shoes will make walking on the sand difficult. If a large number of your guests are older or have trouble getting around, consider renting a floor to place over the sand. Distribute small paper fans or sun umbrellas to guests as they arrive for the ceremony in case the temperature stays hot.

Wedding in a Garden

  • A garden in full bloom is a beautiful spot to hold your wedding ceremony. You may have a friend or family member who has a beautiful backyard garden that would be ideal for your wedding. If not, see if you can rent space at a public botanic garden for the afternoon. Some gardens, such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, allow you to choose the type of garden you wish to have your wedding in, such as a rose garden or Japanese garden. Weddings in a public garden are usually simple, since the gardens can have strict rules. You may only be allowed to have a small number of guests and the guests may have to stand during the ceremony. If you do not want to have your ceremony outdoors in inclement weather, check if the garden has an indoor area available.

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