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How to have the outdoorsy wedding of your dreams

From plantable invitations to succulent wedding favors, these ideas will have you saying, "I do!"

If you enjoy hiking, camping, or simply just being outdoors, and if the thought of getting married inside a church or rental hall feels stuffy, you might want to consider having a nature-inspired wedding. There are many options to make your big day feel connected to the great outdoors, from your venue to the decorations or even your traditions.

Send out invitations on eco-friendly paper or plantable paper. Plantable invites are a great gift because guests can continue to enjoy the invites even after the wedding is over.

Photo from above of a succulent planted in a mug. Next to it is an invited sealed with a green wax seal that has a poppy flower resting on top. A few petals are scattered to the right
[Image Description: Photo from above of a succulent planted in a mug. Next to it is an invited sealed with a green wax seal that has a poppy flower resting on top. A few petals are scattered to the right] Photo by Artsy Vibes on Unsplash.
If the idea of hosting your wedding in the middle of a forest or on a beach sounds wonderful but unrealistic, with a little research, you can easily find a local state park. Not only will it be a beautiful setting to say “I do” but often the venue winds up being a little cheaper as you only have to apply for a permit. Make sure you know all your state laws, choose your rentals and caterers carefully, and have a Plan B in case it rains.

Photo of a man and a woman under a tree. The woman has short brown hair with red streaks, wears a white sleeveless dress, holds a bouquet of blue flowers and is sitting on a swing, smiling off into the distance. The man stands behind her, smiling down at her. He wears a black bowler hat, has short dark, closely-cropped hair and wears a white collared shirt, suspenders and black pants
[Image Description: Photo of a man and a woman under a tree. The woman has short brown hair with red streaks,
wears a white sleeveless dress, holds a bouquet of blue flowers and is sitting on a swing, smiling off into the distance. The man stands behind her, smiling down at her. He wears a black bowler hat, has short dark, closely-cropped hair and wears a white collared shirt, suspenders and black pants] Photo by Matheus Ferrero on Unsplash.
Many of these venues will also have campgrounds or cabins that you can rent out. This is also a great way to spend time with friends, family, and your bridal party before the wedding day, when you’ll likely be rushing around to greet everyone and won’t be able to spend as much time with them as you might like.

A man and a woman stand on a wooden platform, looking at the viewer. Behind them is a large canvas tent
[Image Description: A man and a woman stand on a wooden platform, looking at the viewer. Behind them is a large canvas tent] Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.
If state parks aren’t your thing, you can also find a local arboretum, gardening center, or a farm. These types of venues are less isolated but still provide plenty of room with a beautiful view.  

 A woman in a white wedding dress twirls, holding her skirt. She stands on a lawn by a tree. Behind her is a tall wooden fence
[Image Description: A woman in a white wedding dress twirls, holding her skirt. She stands on a lawn by a tree. Behind her is a tall wooden fence]
Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash.
Nature-inspired decorations at the wedding itself also have the potential to add an elegant touch. You could give your bridesmaids flower crowns and have the groomsmen wear flowers in their lapel. Flowers can be costly, so as a low-budget option, you can always choose a local flower or use something low-key like dried lavender.

Close-up of a person wearing a blue suit jacket with flowers pinned to their lapel and tied with brown twine
[Image Description: Close-up of a person wearing a blue suit jacket with flowers pinned to their lapel and tied with brown twine] Photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography on Unsplash.
Add a touch of color to a wedding gown with a floral veil or a dress with flower embellishments. It’s a fun take on a traditional look!

A woman stands with her back to the viewer and turns to smile at the camera. She has long light brown hair, wears a tulle veil embroidered with bright flowers and is smiling
[Image Description: A woman stands with her back to the viewer and turns to smile at the camera. She has long light brown hair, wears a tulle veil embroidered with bright flowers and is smiling] Photo via Etsy.
Having centerpieces like succulents or flowers in glass bottles can be a simple unique way to add a pop of green to your tables. Guests can also take these home at the end of the night. You could also mix flowers with some evergreen branches for a stunning, woodsy vibe.

Photo of a glass container that contains a succulent resting on sand
[Image Description: Photo of a glass container that contains a succulent resting on sand] Photo by Marc Babin on Unsplash.
You can continue the theme when it comes to the food. A cake decorated with toadstools or flowers can be fun and whimsical. Bartenders can add sprigs or rosemary or lavender to cocktails. If you’re going the non-cake route, cupcakes that keep to the outdoor theme can be great too. Or go all in and make your menu eco-friendly and sustainable!

A wedding cake decorated with brown icing, acorns, fake toadstools, and springs of evergreen
[Image Description: A wedding cake decorated with brown icing, acorns, fake toadstools, and springs of evergreen] Photo via Pinterest.
If you enjoy the non-traditional, why not get rings for you and your partner made from recycled metals or wood? These can be as beautiful as traditional rings and are very unique looking.

Two rings made from dark wood with a green stripe running across them
[Image Description: Two rings made from dark wood with a green stripe running across them] Photo via Etsy.
Whether you make your wedding a nature-inspired bonanza or just add a touch of nature here or there, these ideas will hopefully inspire you and help make your big day even more special.