Easy Outside Wedding Decorations for the Perfect Casual Chic Vibe
All too many wedding guides feature gorgeous outdoor weddings without addressing the cost of getting the look yourself, how those decorations hold up to the elements or how you can personalize them. With that in mind, here are five ideas for outside wedding decorations that can be tweaked for nearly any outdoor wedding:
- An Alternative Altar
More and more couples are choosing alternatives to church weddings — around 18% are even asking friends and family members to get ordained and marry them, instead of asking a regular clergy member — but a wedding ceremony doesn’t look quite right without something to replace the focal point of the altar. Instead of choosing an archway decked in gauze or flowers, try choosing something more personal to you, such as paper cranes or even photos. You can also ditch the archway altogether, choosing a set of standing French doors, a platform made of reclaimed wood or an antique table.
- A Burlap Aisle Runner
Weddings can get expensive (the average cost for wedding day celebrations is $28,000), but not all attractive pieces have to be pricey. Instead of buying or renting a traditional aisle runner, look at long rolls of burlap. They’re often very inexpensive, and the color and texture fit right into a relaxed outdoor wedding. Just make sure that no one in the wedding party will be wearing stiletto heels that could get caught in burlap’s loose weave.
- Netting for the Cake Table
The best outside wedding decorations look nice and help you address some of the less predictable parts of an outdoor venue — such as unwelcome bugs and leaves flying in the wind. Both of those can cause a headache especially if you want to display your cake on a table before cutting it at the end of the reception; traditional wedding cakes aren’t very forgiving sometimes. In order to protect yours, consider suspending a net above the table to add some romantic appeal and keep your cake in pristine condition.
- Flower-Planter Coolers
If you’re struggling to find good outside wedding ideas, take a look at any outdoor spaces you like and then imagine repurposing what you find there. For example, long planter boxes make great drink coolers, and garden stakes can be used to hold signs directing your guests or to display photos and artwork.
- Clothesline Seating Cards
Weddings involve organizing a lot of people (the average guest list totals 136 people), and seating them for the reception can be a challenge. That’s why most couples or their wedding organizers make up a seating chart and lay out seating cards on a table so people can figure out where they’re supposed to go. That can be problematic at outdoor weddings, however, where one gust of wind can cause a lot of confusion. Instead, run twine between some trees and clip your seating cards or charts to them with clothespins. It’ll look cute and serve a purpose.
Do you have any other ideas for outside wedding decorations? Share your thoughts in the comments.