10 Outdoor Wedding Ideas That Will Have You Taking Your Celebration Alfresco

Updated 02/13/18

If your idea of a picture-perfect wedding includes panoramic views of gorgeous greenery or saying your vows with your toes in the sand, it sounds like you'll be tying the knot alfresco. "Choosing to say 'I do' surrounded by a beautiful landscape means that each piece of décor you bring in should enhance the natural space," says Angela Hamilton of wedding inspiration site 100 Layer Cake. "Flowers should complement the local foliage and décor should feel like a welcome contrast. Still, that doesn't mean you should make nature do all the work—with fun pops of color and thoughtful accents, the details you adorn your outdoor venue with will bring the whole design together." Here are the outdoor wedding ideas to consider for your big day.

outdoor wedding altar
Mirelle Charmichael via 100 Layer Cake

An unconventional altar brings a refreshing, new look to your ceremony.

outdoor wedding backdrop
Catalina Jean via 100 Layer Cake

Or do away with the altar entirely and let the landscape speak for itself.

outdoor wedding aisle
Sophie Epton via 100 Layer Cake

Rug runners are a delightful way to create a makeshift aisle outdoors. Choose a variety of fabrications for a bohemian look.

outdoor wedding accessories
Melissa Fuller via 100 Layer Cake

Prepare your guests for the elements with parasols and sunglasses to shield from the sun or blankets and throws if it's chilly.

outdoor wedding seating
Brian N. Miller via 100 Layer Cake

Create intimate lounge areas for guests to gather. Indoor furniture brought outdoors ups the cozy factor.

outdoor wedding desserts
Brian N. Miller via 100 Layer Cake

Turn your treats into an Instagrammable display that doubles as décor.

outdoor wedding décor
Irene Fucci via 100 Layer Cake

Create other photo-ready moments with oversize sculptural accents that highlight your beautiful surroundings.

outdoor wedding lawn games
Leah McCormick via 100 Layer Cake

Lawn games are an entertaining way to make the most of your outdoor space.

outdoor wedding dinner
Megan Clause via 100 Layer Cake

During your reception, ornate chandeliers create a gorgeous juxtaposition with your natural surroundings.

outdoor wedding reception
Cody & Allison Photography via 100 Layer Cake

If the weather allows, forgo a tent and hold your reception under the stars.

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