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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.