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Outdoor Wedding Decoration Ideas

Updated on October 10, 2012

Simply Beatuiful

Planning the decorations for your outdoor wedding is a big part of the overall process of making your wedding a success.

Unfortunately, because of the fickle nature of weather, you usually don't want to put up outdoor decorations ahead of time. But as long as you have all the materials on hand, and an idea in your head for where you want everything to go, it's not difficult to pull off great decorations in a short amount of time. Just make sure that you have plenty of helpers!

The Ceremonial Backdrop - Draped Tulle and Homegrown Flowers

This is the backdrop, against which the actual ceremony took place. We were lucky to already have a frame structure for grape vines to grow on in our backyard, so we simply tied some tulle to it with gift ribbon in white and blue (the wedding colors). Then we lined up some homegrown wedding flowers, and voila! A big part of the outdoor decorating was complete.

Outdoor Wedding Decoration Checklist - Check It Twice!

  1. Marquee. Are you renting a marquee? Will it fit in your space? What kind of decorations should it have?
  2. Tables and chairs. Do you have these, or do you need to rent them? How should they be decorated?
  3. Ceremony backdrop and seating. If you're having the ceremony outdoors as well, make sure you have a plan for the backdrop, if needed. It's convenient if you can use the same chairs for the ceremony and the reception/dinner.
  4. Bridal entrance. It's nice if you add a little pizzazz to the area where the bride will be entering from.

Me Holding the Outdoor Wedding Balloon Decorations - The Stage Is Almost Set!

There was so much going on that day, my head was spinning. It was an hour before the ceremony, and I hadn't even showered yet!

Decorating the Wedding Marquee

The Rental Was Totally Worth It

Renting a marquee was a great investment for the wedding. It really made the space feel more "ceremonial," and it was great to have in case of rain (although we also could have hosted inside). In addition, the company we chose also provided tables and chairs.

To decorate the marquee, I simply used some crepe streamers and threaded them along the marquee framework. It was a little dicey, as it had rained the night before, and crepe really doesn't like getting wet (remember this!) Later, we hung a few battery-powered paper lanterns, and the marquee was ready!

(For more information about decorating the tables, check out my page about DIY Table Centerpieces for Weddings.)

Cupcake Lip Gloss Wedding Favor
Cupcake Lip Gloss Wedding Favor

Looking For Favors For Your Outdoor Wedding?

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Why stick to the same old wedding favors when you have the option to choose something that will truly set your wedding apart? I Do Wedding Favors, my new site sponsor, has some of the adorable and unique wedding favors you can imagine. In addition to the cute cupcake lip glosses pictured, you can also find candles in other trinkets in a variety of colors to suit your wedding theme.

Looking to add a personal touch? I Do Wedding Favors offers customized favors as well! Whatever your favor needs, this cool shop has you covered.

The Whole Family Got Involved! - Here's My Uncle, Tying More Tulle

The bride exited the house through this arbor. A little bit of tulle draped over it really made it look "wedding-y."

Things We Used - For Decorating an Outdoor Wedding

The trick is to get as much bang for your buck as possible.

The Gift Wrap Company 7-Color High Gloss Ribbon Set
The Gift Wrap Company 7-Color High Gloss Ribbon Set

We used this to tie the tulle, and also to add to the table decorations.

Aqua Blue (Turquoise) Streamer (1 roll)
Aqua Blue (Turquoise) Streamer (1 roll)

Crepe streamers added a festive look to our rented marquee.

Darice VL1174-78, Lighted White Paper Lanterns Battery, 2-Piece 8I
Darice VL1174-78, Lighted White Paper Lanterns Battery, 2-Piece 8I

We purchased something very similar to this at the dollar store, and they were only a dollar each!


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#1 Tip For Outdoor Wedding Decorations: Plan, Plan, Plan!

I spent the days leading up to the wedding wrapping silverware, filling jars with glass gems, and laying out a sample table centerpiece. By the day of the wedding, pretty much everything was decided upon. Things went much more smoothly than they could have!

Make Sure Your Decorations Look Good at Night! - Candles and Lanterns Complete the Look

The candle wedding favors from I Do Wedding Favors add a particularly nice touch to your tables.

Sometimes, Simple Decorations are Best - Rustic and Elegant

Outdoor Wedding
Outdoor Wedding

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    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 3 years ago

      Outdoor weddings are fun. You did a good job of decorating the arbor and planning your own wedding.

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      emmaklarkins 4 years ago

      @toreylynn: Oh, man, it was one near my parent's house that I only went to once, don't remember the name! Plus the stores change stock so often, it's hard to know what they have at any given time :( But I'm sure if you swing by a few stores (and maybe even throw big-box stores into the mix) you'll find something to suit your needs!

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      toreylynn 4 years ago

      You have to tell me what dollar store you found those lanterns at!

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      TrevorCameron 4 years ago

      Great Decoration Ideas for Outdoor Weddings!

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      seodress 4 years ago

      These ideas are really awesome !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like your ideas of the outdoor decoration, beautiful! You really did a great job for your wedding. I get much inspiration from your decoration. Thanks for sharing!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: This is beautiful :) I totally agree - don't let preconceived notions of what a wedding "ought to be" stop you from having it in a way that works exactly right for you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A wedding shouldn't be about being fancy schmancy, because after all you are so busy that you don't even have time to soak it all in until you watch the video lol. A wedding should be just about what it represents....friends and family gathering together in sincere joy and happiness of your union and breaking bread . Everything else is just showing off. I just recently got engaged this Christmas and I am thinking more and more about having the wedding in mom's backyard, because that was the place of my beginnings. That is the place where I dreamed as a child about meeting my future prince charming as I played with my dolls and toys in my backyard. The scent of the orange blossoms nearby from our orange tree, and it's where I would lay on the grass and look up at the sky and the world was right. Fast forward to the day of my wedding and I will be able to look across the yard to my beautiful mother and she will smile back and mouth the did it! Your dream came true. : )

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      chefmau 5 years ago

      I love this lens.You did a great job putting this outdoor wedding lens together. Great work!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @kaecao: Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked them!

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      kaecao 5 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      Essentially Ind 5 years ago

      It's really a lovely idea........loved the outside wedding decoration. :)

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Absolutely! It's great to introduce an element of excitement, as long as people don't get too worried about everything being "perfect!"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The one thing I love about going to outside weddings is the unpredictability. Anything could happen. I especially love them when the wedding continues even when something does happen. Lots of memorable photography moments can be got.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great LENS!! SquidLike 4 u! If your looking for some interesting ideas for uplighting your special event - visit my new lens LED Uplighting

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh, I love the photos!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      We had an outdoor wedding but didn't do much in the way of decorations. We married at a park and then designed our reception as more of a backyard barbecue. It sure saved a lot of money. Weddings can be so very expensive.

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      frances lm 6 years ago

      Some good ideas and useful links. Really nice lens

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Nicely done. Blessed by a Squid Angel :)