How To Plan An Outdoorsy Wedding

How To Plan An Outdoorsy Wedding

If you love hiking, camping, fishing, or any activity that gives you an excuse to venture into the great outdoors, you might be considering a rustic, nature-themed wedding. Sure, lots of folks incorporate some bits of nature into their big day, but if you’re a true blue outdoor adventurer, you dream of a wedding that goes way beyond the shrubbery and pinecones.

It’s a tough theme because if it’s outside, you need to find creative ways to emphasize the theme beyond just exposure to the elements. It’s even more difficult if the weather forces you to select an indoor venue, as you’ll need to bring the outdoors inside. Regardless of your venue, we have everything you need to make sure each portion of your wedding boasts the outdoorsy charm you desire.

Ceremony

Rustic Arbor. Outdoorsy Wedding. Ceremony.

Luckily, you can achieve an alfresco feel for a ceremony with only a few basic elements. Consider this rustic arbor for an archway or chuppah. Guests can sit on basic wooden benches which feel just like being back at your summer camp’s campfire. To incorporate personal wedding elements such as your color or flowers, tie ribbons to the benches or place mason jars filled with your flowers on barrels used as tables. Programs can be distributed via wooden crates.

Cocktail Hour

Wooden Rustic Bar. Outdoorsy Wedding. Cocktail Hour

Wooden features are essential for an outdoorsy feel. This gorgeous lodge bar is the perfect mix of rustic and elegant, setting the tone for the rest of the evening. Teak benches are great for cocktail hour, when you want to have seating available for those who need it, but without leaving those standing feeling awkward or left out. You can use galvanized tubs or a watering trough full of iced beverages to create a relaxed “help yourself” atmosphere, and a chalkboard sign to label what beverages are available.

Dinner & Dessert

Twig Flatware. Outdoorsy Wedding. Dinner Reception

Direct guests to the final portion of the party with a sign like this, replaced with “ceremony” and “reception”. Tables can boast a wide variety of centerpieces, depending on what aspect of the outdoors suits you both best. If you’re animal lovers, you may consider “wow factor” table decor such as antlers or even a taxidermy duck (sure to break the ice!). For a more discreet nod to the great outdoors, a countrified lantern or some wild and wonderful foliage does the trick. Either way, twig flatware is an adorable detail that matches perfectly with your wooden carved cake stand. Post-cake s’mores are a simply sweet way to end the ultimate camping-style wedding, and require some flannel blankets to keep guests snuggly.

The couple who camps, hikes, rides horses, or simply sits outside and smells the air together, stays together. Check out our outdoorsy collection for additional decor to showcase the uniquely you, elegantly rustic luster of an outdoorsy theme.

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon


Karen Gordon is the VP of Growth for Goodshuffle, an online marketplace for event rentals. She loves unique events, live entertainment, and puppies.

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