Outdoor Wedding Venues: Ideas for your Outdoor Celebration

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Photography: Nadia Hung Photography

OUtdoor wedding venues: ideas for your outdoor celebration

Thinking of taking your celebration outdoors? From gardens to deserts to zoos, here’s a few places that we at Weddingful think you might want to consider! Remember, if you’re looking for wedding venues in your area, our  Wedding Planning Wizard can help you connect with wedding professionals, ask your questions, and get your quotes – all with a simple 3-minute quiz.

 

Your Backyard

Photography: Rebecca Hales
Photography: Rebecca Hales

First things first: you might not need to look any further than your very own backyard (or that of a friend or family member). You can hire an event designer to plan the decor, and you can rent a large tent like the one in this picture. A backyard wedding has the added benefit of being friendly and familiar, with no need to adhere to rules about arrival and departure times – and it’s usually easy on the budget as well!

 

A Town Square or Public Square

Photography: Jenna Henderson Photography
Photography: Jenna Henderson Photography

There’s something to be said for these historic places! A town or public square is a common feature in most towns and cities, and since these spaces were traditionally designed to host community gatherings, they often include a convenient layout and location! Bonus points for gazebos, bridges, statues, and cobblestone walkways that will make picturesque features in your photos.

 

A Historical Estate or Home

Photography: Jonathan Gibson Photography
Photography: Jonathan Gibson Photography

If you’re looking for space that has access to both the indoors and the outdoors, a historical home or estate is a good choice. Not only are these spaces charming and tastefully decorated, they often feature a well-maintained garden for an outdoor ceremony.

Photography: Jonathan Gibson Photography
Photography: Jonathan Gibson Photography

Choosing an estate comes with its considerations, as there are often rules in place that are designed to protect the building’s fragile historical nature. However, there’s something to be said for having a quiet indoor spot (like the one pictured here) that allows you to place weather-sensitive items on a charming table under a sturdy roof, safely sheltered from any temperature or weather fluctuations that may arrive on the big day.

 

The Beach

Photography: Shea Christine Photography
Photography: Shea Christine Photography

It’s classic and unforgettable: a wedding on the beach will always be a popular wedding choice! The sea (or lake, if you’re landlocked) will provide a picturesque natural backdrop, providing a colourful and simple contrast to your wedding decor. This pre-arranged decor provided by nature will make your decorating job that much easier!

The Zoo

Photography: Xsight Productions
Photography: Xsight Productions

It’s not the first place that comes to mind when planning a wedding. However, chances are your local zoo is host to dozens of weddings each year. A zoo setting can add a sense of the exotic to your wedding, turning your ceremony or reception into a wild adventure filled with interesting animal and plant life. If you’re searching for ways to capture unique wedding photos, a zoo provides a highly diverse backdrop, with settings ranging from arctic tundra to tropical paradise!

 

A Public Park

Photography: Amanda Summerlin Photography
Photography: Amanda Summerlin Photography

A more casual wedding will always find a great venue in a public park.  A park setting lets nature do the talking in terms of decor, perfect for couples who are looking to focus more on the menu, music, or other aspects of their wedding. A public park usually offers the additional benefit of having a flexible amount of space, easily able to expand to accommodate a large wedding party.

 

The Local Botanical Garden

Photography: Stoffer Photography
Photography: Stoffer Photography

Consider your local botanical garden! These colorful and lively spots make for great outdoor wedding venues year-round, as many also feature an enclosed greenhouse or dome for celebrations held in the cooler months.

In the Wilderness

Photography: Nadia Hung Photography
Photography: Nadia Hung Photography

For a more adventurous couple with a smaller guest list, a remote mountain, meadow, or cliffside location could provide the perfect setting for a wilderness wedding. A wild setting looks especially stunning when decorated with elegant furniture – as this image shows – making for a unique visual juxtaposition that instills a sense of luxury in the lush wild setting.

A Resort

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography
Photography: Elyse Hall Photography

This desert resort is a lovely spot for an outdoor wedding! For couples looking for a whole-package kind of deal, a resort often includes pre-established connections to caterers, DJs, decorators, and more, allowing the couple to sit back as the professionals handle the details.

 

On a Boat!

Photography: Victor's Photojournalism
Photography: Victor’s Photojournalism

Why not take to the sea (or lake, or river)? A wedding on a boat enjoys the luxury of a private location all its own, turning a wedding into an intimate voyage. While it’s a good idea to consider any guests that might experience seasickness by making sure the appropriate anti-seasickness medicine is available onboard, a boat offers an adventurous setting for a dynamic wedding on the water!

Looking for wedding venues in your area? Weddingful’s free Wedding Planning Wizard can help you connect with wedding professionals, ask your questions, and get your quotes – all with a simple 3-minute quiz.