Summer is here, so why not have an outdoor wedding! Whether you decide on getting married on a farm, a botanical garden or family member’s backyard, outdoor weddings can take on a life of its own and truly be something magical. From adding color to using specific lighting, there are many ways to customize an open-air space for your big day – and you probably have a whole Pinterest board of ideas. But not all outdoor wedding trends will be trendy in 20 years, so before you start executing your dream wedding, here are six of our favorite outdoor wedding trends that will never go out of style.
Embrace Your Surroundings
Most couples choose their wedding venue because of the views or location, so why not embrace it? Whether it is a stunning ocean, a towering mountain or a lush forest, use it as a backdrop of your ceremony, reception or dance floor. Having a natural background is not just the perfect backdrop for your event, but also gives guests a focal point and makes for amazing photographs.
Bring The Indoors Outside
Instead of having your guests stand around between the ceremony and reception, why not create intimate, outdoor lounge spaces. Bring indoor furniture outdoors and let your guests lounge while waiting for the celebration to continue. Outdoor lounge spaces are perfect for cocktail hour and can include armchairs, sofas, and loveseats decorated with side tables, family photos, and extra pillows.
Just because you’re outdoors, does not mean you can’t use color. Depending on the season, most outdoor venues are set against a background that is various shades of green. Yes, a plain white base collar is always beautiful, but add a pop of color to your table settings, wedding, flower arrangements, and decor. Pick a color theme that matches the natural surroundings like a vibrant red, blue, or yellow.
Use String Lighting
One of the most romantic and enchanting outdoor wedding trends is using string lights to brighten up a beautiful summer night. Remember that lighting is everything at an outdoor wedding, especially when the sun goes down, so it is essential that you get it right. String lights can be draped into trees, create a romantic canopy over the dining area, or add as part of the table decor.
Blend Formal & Casual
Outdoor weddings don’t need to be super informal and relaxed. You can create an elegant environment while still keeping that laidback feeling of being outdoors. Add luxurious elements to your outdoor wedding through the flowers you pick, the table decor, linen used, and furniture. The outdoor venue will give it the casual feeling you seek.
Have A Tented Reception
Tented receptions are a huge outdoor wedding trend. Not only is it a perfect weather plan just in case it rains, but it is also beautiful. Dress the tent up with draped fabric, luxe furniture, and lighting installations to give a sophisticated look and feel. You can create your dream indoor reception wedding in an outdoor space – usually at a fraction of the price.
Still on the fence about having an outdoor wedding? check out our blog post ‘Pros & Cons Of An Outdoor Wedding.’