Outdoor weddings are the best. They’re romantic, they’re fun, and you can do them anywhere! There is no better way to celebrate than outdoors.
Here we’ve rounded up some of our favourite outdoor wedding ideas that will make any bride-to-be swoon with delight for her wedding day.
From rustic chic to modern glamour, these gorgeous summer wedding ideas have us dreaming about an alfresco celebration all year long.
If you want to keep things simple, consider using natural elements such as greenery, twigs, branches and leaves instead of balloons, streamers and confetti. This keeps costs down while still adding a touch of nature into your big day.
Try incorporating pops of bright colours into your décor by choosing bold shades of reds, yellows, and oranges for those who love the colour. These vibrant hues look great when paired with white accents. If you’d prefer to go monochromatic, opt for neutral tones like ivory, taupe and grey.
Your wedding arch is the perfect focal point for your wedding ceremony. Decorate the arch with Blooms and light linens so that the fabrics softly interacts with the summer breeze.
Make a statement with your outdoor ceremony seating by using a barrel as the platform for holding bouquets, pictures of the to-be-weds or cosy lanterns.
When you’re looking to create an excellent backdrop for your wedding photos, use some of the gorgeous florals around! Pin them to a wooden board or an arch between the trees.
Turn your wedding seating chart into a work of art with these ideas. Hang it in glass window frames between two trees for the perfect outdoorsy effect, or even fixate it to an old door frame and let its rustic wedding charm shine through.
String lights are a great way to add cosiness and extra light when outside. Stringing them above the dance floor, wedding arch, or seating area will provide additional lighting as well, especially once the sun goes down and dancing starts up!
Get creative with an outdoor space by decorating a truck bed, especially if your Fiancé is a lover of Cars.
Fill the back of your vehicle with plants and galvanised buckets to create an inviting area for guests at your next party or special event!
The perfect ingredient for an unforgettable wedding in the warm summer breeze. There’s just something about this time of year that uplifts people and puts a smile on their faces – it’s a happy season!
In the summer, fresh flowers are in season and therefore abundant. However, they tend to be more expensive because of the high demand for weddings during this time. Couples must use in-season flowers, so their floral budget isn’t stretched too thin!
One of the most important reasons to use in-season flowers, especially during summertime, is that they’re much more resilient against heat and wilting. It can be challenging to keep cut flower arrangements from looking droopy on a hot day. Still, if you choose plants native to your area that naturally bloom at this time of year, these bouquets will hold up better than any other type, making them eco-friendly!
Let’s talk about wedding Favours! And let us get creative with it!
Guests will be protected from the sun by a fun hat that can last longer than just one outdoor celebration.
Everyone loves honey! Honey is harvested during the summer, so you'll have no trouble sourcing these yummy favours. Think about whether the local area has some local honey!
These are such a practical favour as they're perfect for all the tears during the ceremony and any hay fever sufferers. If you wanted to add a personal touch, you could embroider the guests’ initials on the corner of the handkerchief - Such an Angel Strawbridge thing to do!
This sort of fan is ultra-flattering for your bridesmaids. But why not use it as a favour for your wedding guests? It will help keep them cool.
Sunglasses are such a fun idea. There will be guests who wish they bought their sunglasses with them when the full summer sun hits.
Okay, so this might not be for the male guests, but parasols are a new tradition. Imagine your flower girl carrying one of these!
Your guests will surely need to battle the heat and thirst, so why not provide signature cocktails like Popsicles in Prosecco or sangria stations? Edible flower-garnish on Cosmopolitans are not only beautiful but can also help quench their thirst.
Choosing the right food and drink for a summer wedding is essential. You need refreshing beverages and light, fresh food.
You can also exchange the traditional tiered wedding cake for ice cream to give guests a sweet treat at the reception. You could even hire an actual ice-cream truck to come to your wedding as a special surprise!
Instead of using real candles, try making edible ones out of sugar paste. They look great and taste delicious!
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Another alternative would be to make Ice Cream sandwiches instead of cakes. This way, everyone gets what they want without having to fight over slices!
There are many ways to serve beverages outdoors, from serving beer outside to offering wine and champagne under umbrellas. The possibilities are endless!
Giant Jugs Of Lemonade
Lemonade is always a crowd-pleaser. Why not make a Lemonade stand? The kids will love it!
Summer cocktails are a fantastic way to celebrate your big day. Try mixing different flavours to create something unique—for example, lemon vodka, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, lime juice etc.
A punch bowl is a classic choice for serving drinks outside. People can help themselves, and you can fill it with your favourite cocktail or mocktail.
We highly recommend that you check out The Best food to Serve at a Wedding (-link to article)
They have some tremendous Summer-Seasonal Wedding Menu Ideas.
Many options are available for outdoor venues, including parks, beaches, gardens, rooftops, balconies and patios. The critical thing here is finding one that suits your style and location.
Some places may require permits, whereas others don’t. Make sure to check out local laws before booking your venue.
If you choose Amberleigh Gardens Outdoor venue for your wedding venue, you will not be disappointed! We have vast, beautiful ground that looks flawless in the summer. With a large marquee, you can have your perfect summer outdoor wedding without the worry of any summer showers!
It’s always best to go with what feels comfortable when choosing a bridesmaid dress.
Opt for light colours such as pastel pink, white or yellow. These shades complement each other beautifully and won’t clash with the bride’s colour scheme. But also their more fabulous shades for the summer months. I don’t think your wedding party will be too happy dressed in black.
Why not also think about having a shorter length for their dresses? It would keep your bridesmaids a lot cooler and, most importantly, happy!
To add some extra sparkle to your bridal party look, try adding hair accessories to your hairstyle. This way you’ll still get all those lovely curls while avoiding frizziness.
A beautiful wildflower crown will look summery and fresh. Or if you want something modern. Find something that will sparkle! A hair clip that has a twinkle to it will glint in the summer sun.
Keep Hydrated! This is vital. You don’t want anyone fainting. And make sure that you have ample shade. Also, think of an up-do for your hairstyle, and a wedding dress is made from light fabrics.
If your ceremony is short, say 20 minutes or less, guests will be in the sun much longer since they’ll arrive early to get to the wedding on time. But if it’s sweltering at 75 degrees outside-go inside!
Wrap dresses, lightweight fabrics, and short sleeves are all worth considering. Dark colors will absorb the sun so stick with light shades unless expressly sanctioned by the bride. But avoid wearing a white dress!