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Outdoor Wedding: 48 Ideas You Will Want to Steal

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Summer weddings are special: the season gives you plenty of opportunities for the incredible reception, the weather is amazing, the spirits are high, everything is possible! Outdoor weddings are so romantic and beautiful: the bright blue skies, the au naturel décor, the romantic breezes… and plenty of incredible photo opportunities. Capture the magical moments and save them forever in a beautiful photo book – the first photo story of your new family.

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An outdoor wedding requires a lot of preparations and all sort of things need to be taken into account: from the weather conditions to the bathroom arrangement. However, it is totally worth it – the scenery around and the unique vibe of the outdoor venues will make this day unforgettable. Whether you want to throw the wedding party on a sandy beach, in a mysterious forest, on the mountain top or at you backyard – we’ve got your back! Check some of the most original backdrop ideas from across the web.

Forest wedding.

A wedding in the forest feels like a fairy tale: just you, your sweetheart, closest people and the stunning nature around. There is not need to come up with fancy decorations: the stunning scenery will make your venue look magical even without them.

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Of course, you can add some extra touches to the venue but don’t overdo it. A couple of lights here and there, flowers, simple decor… try to hold on to the minimalistic style.

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If after the official ceremony you are bringing guests inside, don’t forget to bring the forest with you! Get inspired by these beautiful table decorations and green centerpieces with wildflowers.

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Sweeten up your wedding with delicious forest-themed cakes. This cute birch cake with carved letters of the groom’s and bride’s names will be the best decoration for the forest wedding party.

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Deer cake toppers are a great choice for the woods-themed wedding. You can also reuse them afterward as chick home decor.

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Needless to say, a wedding in the woods creates plenty of opportunities for perfect photos.

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Beach wedding.

Beach is one of the best places to get hitched. With a thorough and careful planning and a bit of luck, you will have the perfect wedding day with the light breeze, gentle sun, exotic flowers and a bunch of the closest people around.

The central decoration on your beach ceremony is the wedding arch. Good thing, you can get very creative with those!

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Add extra style to your wedding: ask your bridesmaids to wear turquoise outfits that match the sea.

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Decorate the tables with seashells and starfish.

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Use them as the groom boutonniere:

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In the bridal bouquet mixed with some pretty flowers:

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And even in the wedding cake:

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For a creative, whimsical twist, create unique signs with funny captions.

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Cute details make the event extra special.

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And small giveaways for the guests will leave the great memories.

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Rustic wedding.

If you want to keep the wedding simple yet elegant and stylish, a great idea would be to organize a rustic wedding at the backyard, farm or barn. A rustic wedding usually costs less plus, there is no need to buy new fancy decorations – just get creative with the stuff you already have!

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Add some DIY decor: so simple, so intimate, so exquisite.

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Clever wedding ideas

Use nature to your advantage. Attach some family portraits to a tree – and the most natural family tree is ready.

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Give your guests polaroid cameras and ask them to attach pictures to the “photo tree” – a creative decor decision and a perfect reminder of the wedding day.

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Wrought iron candle chandeliers adorned with fresh greenery – the perfect organic-inspired touch. They will add some intimacy to the venue when it gets dark.

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Invite the farm inhabitants to your wedding.

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The beauty is in details. Feel like a Greece goddess with this stunning laurel wreath.

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Wine barrels are the must-have at any rustic wedding. Put some beautiful field flowers inside and decorate the aisle.

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Or use the barrels in a more practical way by arranging a mini bar on them.

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Treat your guests with fresh summer fruits.

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And send them home with a packet of seeds to plant in their garden and remember your gorgeous wedding when the flowers bloom.

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Wanderlust wedding.

Are you one of those couples who can’t imagine their lives without adventures? Those who have traveled a lot together and are planning to globe-trot more? Are you a couple that is not afraid to try something new, exciting and maybe even extreme? Here are some wanderlust wedding ideas -just for you.

Wedding in the mountains.

For those who want to be surrounded by powerful, peaceful nature and enjoy breathtaking views, a wedding in the mountains would be a perfect choice. Mountains serve as probably the best background to candid postcard photos.

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Moreover, there are plenty of fun things that you can do in the mountains!

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And finally, it just feels good to be in the mountains, breathing crispy air, admiring the spectacular view. And feeling good is what the wedding is about, right?

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Wedding in the desert.

Another idea for the bravest ones: get hitched in a desert! That’s right, a desert can give a lot of chances for beautiful shots and everyone will remember the ceremony for a long time. Get inspired by the natural hues of the desert: use animal skulls, cactuses, dry flowers to decorate the venue.

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And finally, for the most adventurous couples we found the most exotic destinations to get married. Probably it wouldn’t be easy to bring the whole family to celebrate but a small intimate reception with a bunch of closest people is totally doable. If you want to get hitched witnessing the most incredible sunsets, standing in the wild mountain winds or in the middle of a tropical forest – consider one of these destinations.

Bandung, Indonesia.

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Himalayas, Nepal. 

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Dubai, Emirates.

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Mission Beach, Australia.

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Magglore, Italy.

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Whatever your outdoors venue is going to be, always keep in mind the most important rules:

  • Be prepared for everything
  • Apply the sunscreen
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have fun
  • Make a lot of photos

Wedding day is one of the most important days in your life and it is essential to keep the memories of it alive. Hire a photographer, ask your guests to take as many pictures as they can, snap shots with your own smartphone. Collect the best pictures in a beautiful photo book and showcase the photographs from your big day with style and elegance. 

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