More and more couples in the UK (and beyond!) are choosing to hold their wedding outdoors; in gardens, up mountains, in fields and within woodlands. And why not? With beautiful diverse scenery and settings, there are so many beautiful spots where couples would like to commit to one another.
In this article, I am not only going to share practical considerations and budget-friendly outside tips! But also some really dreamy and beautiful outdoor wedding ideas to inspire your nuptials.
Budget-Friendly & Creative Ideas For Outdoor Weddings
1. Decorate Trees
Arguably trees are one of the highlights of an outdoor wedding. So how about carefully enhancing them with tree-friendly decor such as flowing fabric?
2. Buffet Grazing Table
Create a visual, and delicious feast fit for every guest. Be sure to serve quickly to protect edibles from the elements.
3. Outdoor Confetti Moment
Choose eco-friendly confetti and have your moment in the great outdoors.
4. Light Up Your Outdoor Reception
Twinkling lights not only look beautiful but are practical as the sun sets.
5. Tent Reception
If you just can’t be sure about the weather conditions, a tent wedding may be for you. Consider a marquee, tipi, yurt or stretch tent. Many of which can have the sides lifted for an indoor/outdoor feel or can have clear roofs.
6. Give Out Blankets
Ensure everyone is toasty with cute blanket favours that can be kept after the wedding too.
7. Cake Cut
Take your wedding cake and cake cutting al fresco. Be careful if it’s too hot mind due to ensure the cake doesn’t melt!
8. Outdoor Chill-Out Area
If you can’t host everything outdoors, bring a chill out seating area to your garden space.
9. Outside Cocktail Bar
Set up a DIY bar with wooden barrels and a piece of wood. Put together drinks and glasses before allowing guests to help themselves.
1o. Al Fresco Guest Book
Elements such as your guest book can be brought outside to encourage guests to roam the grounds.
11. Dine Under Trees
Sit your wedding tables beneath trees for natural and beautiful decor (and shelter).
12. Tipi Kids Den
Create a cute kids zone with a sweet bell tent!
13. Practical Footwear
When it comes to outfits for outdoor weddings, shorter hems and practical footwear is always a winner.
14. Hay Bale Seating
Seat guests cheaply with farm-inspired hay bales.
15. Supply Items For The Weather
Don’t forget the brollies! Have options for all weathers such as sunglasses, suncream and fans for hot weather. As well as blankets, umbrellas and wellies for colder days.
16. Confetti Stand
A simple yet cost-effective decor idea is to upcycle and old wooden pallet into a confetti stand.
17. Dessert Table
For a decadent treat, paint a dresser and display dessert outside.
18. Funfair Rides
For the ultimate wedding entertainment, how about a fun fair area?
Create your own glamping village, or ask guests to bring their own tents to camp overnight.
20. Picnic Benches
Yes, picnic benches can look totally fabulous with all the rustic vibes.
21. Champagne Spray
For a great photo idea, pop your fizzy drink of choice in a secluded spot.
22. Bring Pets & Animals
Dogs at weddings, as well as other animals, are perfect for outdoor nuptials.
23. Giant Deckchair Prop
Supersize your decor and props, seeing as the outdoors ensures plenty of space.
24. Hoop Flower Arch
Create a real backdrop to your ceremony with a striking hoop flower arch.
25. Booze Bath
Locate a free old bath, give it a lick of paint and add ice to your drinks!
26. Seasonal Table
Take inspiration from the season for your wedding tables with flowers and fruit.
27. Garden Games
Is it even an outdoor wedding without wedding games?
28. Earthy Tones
Look to your surroundings for inspiration with your wedding colours.
29. Prep Tent
Set up a tent for your morning prep to be close to the outdoor action.
30. Go For A Row
If your wedding venue is blessed with a lake, head out for a row. They make for such romantic portraits.
31. Camper Photo Booth
Set up an epic outdoor photo booth with a campervan set-up.
32. Mix Rustic Furniture
Don’t be afraid to mix and match furniture for a cool style.
33. Tent Shelter
Use tents or structures to shelter certain elements of your day from any sudden downpours.
34. Floor Cushions
Scrap chairs and replace them with cushions to get closer to nature.
35. Use Pot Plants
Use plants from home as decor and think of unconventional vessels!
36. Go For A Stroll
Use the gardens or your outdoor location for the most beautiful images with your photographer.
Look for a venue with a veranda for an indoor/outdoor dining experience.
38. Outdoor Aisle
Accentuate your outdoor ceremony with beautiful aisle decor.
39. Outdoor Photo Booth Backdrop
Set up a statement photo backdrop outside for guests to take fun selfies.
40. Meadow Flowers
Be inspired by nature and use meadow flower arrangements as decoration.
41. Food Truck
Instead of traditional wedding food, have a food truck for outside casual dining.
42. Let Nature Do The Talking
If you have chosen a picturesque spot, don’t feel you have to add additional decor.
43. Bring Furniture Outside
Transport your fave sofa into the woods for a luxe seating area.
44. Dessert Cart
Hire a dessert card for ice cream or even candy-floss treats!
Sparklers are not only a great photo opportunity but are great outdoor fun.
46. Live Music
It doesn’t get better than live music! If your budget doesn’t stretch, a free playlist can be just the ticket too.
47. Natural Elements
Use sustainably sourced natural elements in your decor such as:
48. First Dance
Head outside for your first dance and speeches!
Set up a fire pit for sing songs and smores!
50. Firework Finale
Ensure your wedding finishes with a bang!
Outdoor Wedding Logistics
Let’s look a little deeper into the practicalities of outdoor weddings, shall we?
1. Find A Venue With An Outdoor Location
Many venues are starting to register options to marry outdoors. Many locations are in gazebo-type structures in gardens and this can be a lovely option for a relaxed ceremony. Take a look at your local council’s website for local registered ceremony venues.
2. Hold A Legal Ceremony First
Sadly here in the UK (not including Scotland) you cannot legally marry anywhere you may wish. There are certain laws and regulations in place and you can only legally marry in registered venues or religious places of worship. There are some venues with outdoor arbours and structures though they are registered, so it’s worth searching around.
That being said a humanist, celebrant-led ceremony or blessing can still take place outside, where you can then make things official elsewhere on a different day.
My husband and I had a simple legal ceremony in a registry office in the UK, and then we headed to the woods to say our handwritten vows to one another beneath the canopy of trees.
3. Travel Abroad
In many countries globally, you can marry pretty much anywhere you like. Make sure you go through the legal process to make sure your wedding is legal and proper. But you can essentially marry wherever you set your heart, from the beach to a mountain top.
4. Hold Your Reception Outdoors
If you can’t have your ceremony outside, why not have your party there instead? It may be a little risky in terms of weather and organisation but it could be just wonderful. Find the person that owns the land, and ask them if you could hire it for the day. You could always put up a marquee or tipi too. Think through all of the supplies you may need if it’s a remote location.
5. Make The Most Of It
Outdoor weddings don’t have to be expensive. Allow the surroundings to do the talking, have hearty food, great music and flowing drinks for all the fun vibes!
You can see the featured real outdoor weddings in the UK and beyond on WWW too for even more ideas and advice. I have featured many couples who made their outdoor wedding dreams a reality. I am holding out hope that here in the UK someday the laws will be relaxed a little so couples can marry in the beautiful outdoors.
And that’s a wrap! All the gorgeous and fun outdoor wedding ideas you need for your budget wedding. Yay!
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