Wedding Planning Essentials: Outdoor Ceremony How-To

outdoor ceremony setup

No one loves an outdoor wedding ceremony more than I do. Natural light, a warm summer breeze, sweet smells of distant wildflowers, all come together to create something simply magical. If you’re an outdoor ceremony lover like me and are planning one for your own wedding, here’s the rundown of what you need to consider to pull it off to perfection. Happy Planning!

How-To Tip #1: Frame Your Area

It’s not called the great outdoors for nothing! An outdoor ceremony space is generally a big one. Create an intimate setting by creatively framing off your area with some ceremony staples. Consider an aisle runner for a pretty direct pathway to the top of your site. Greet the eye when it gets there with a unique Unity Ceremony setup, complete with an unexpected decorative touch like a lantern overhang.

outdoor wedding ceremony

unity ceremony tag

mini lantern ceremony decor

featured here: mini lanterns (hangers removed) and purple satin ribbon

How-To Tip #2: Less is More

Take advantage of all the natural beauty that surrounds an outdoor space and go with subtle complimentary decorative accents to finish off the look. Using simple design tactics like specialty ceremony seating, think Cocoa Chiavari Chairs, and gorgeously simple aisle markers, think birch and cotton bud diy arrangements, provides for a ton of impact without overpowering what’s already there.

ceremony seating

dried cotton and lavender aisle marker

ceremony aisle markers

featured here: glass cylinder vase

How-To Tip #3: All About the Details

You went for something out of the ordinary for your ceremony location, now keep the feeling of exceptional going with unique day of accessories that compliment your wedding day design. From a custom Welcome display to a lovely ring pillow alternative, the attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

rustic ceremony decor wooden wedding signs

vintage ring box

How-To Tip #4: First Comes Comfort

Having an outdoor ceremony means taking on the powerful sun. Do it successfully by keeping your guests comfortable. Beyond the most obvious necessities, like hydrating beverages and sunscreen, consider providing your guests with something both practical and pretty, like shade providing paper parasols. As an added bonus, think of all the great picture opps you’ll get out of them!

white paper parasols

featured here: paper parasols accented with purple satin ribbon

purple satin ribbon accents paper parasol

How-To Tip #5: Plan B

You simply cannot plan an outdoor ceremony without an indoor back up. Full stop. Before committing to your outdoor venue, ensure that there is an indoor option available. If you’re having your outdoor ceremony on the same property as your indoor reception, try to avoid using the area where you’ll be hosting your dinner as your Plan B. It makes for difficult logistics and impacts the experience your guests have moving from one great space to another during the ceremony to reception transition. Be open to creative Plan B alternatives, even something at another nearby location. And plan for an atmosphere just as lovely as that of your original space to ensure you and your guests don’t miss out on any part of the experience you planned for.

outdoor ceremony backup

Need More Ceremony Advice?

Come back and visit the blog this coming Monday when we outline the essentials to pulling together a Ceremony Program.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Plate Favors

ceramic birdie and butterfly guest favors

With Easter just days away it’s no surprise we’ve got food consuming our thoughts. And we know that a big part of how tasty a treat really is doesn’t stop at the taste buds. Visual presentation plays just as important a role in how much we enjoy the things we eat. All you foodies out there know exactly what we’re talking about!

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, or just want to incorporate a unique favor presentation into your wedding, then look no further than the sweet birdie and butterfly ceramic dish favors featured in today’s DIY post. Both pretty and practical, whether you adorn them with an edible treat or decorate with a little thematic accent, these guest favors pack some serious presentation punch. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate these great little plates into a wedding theme.

Garden Goody

Lovely on its own but even better with robin egg blue chocolate truffles, this mini birdie ceramic dish fits perfectly into any garden themed wedding.

mini ceramic bird favor dish

featured here: mini ceramic love bird favor dish (sold in sets of 8) accented with baker’s twine in mocha mousse and a personalized thank you tag

Homespun Spice

Nothing says homespun like home cooking. Couple the butterfly ceramic dish with a DIY baggie filled with a cooking staple like pretty Himalayan pink salt.

purple ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in deep lavender (sold in sets of 6).
diy himalayan pink salt favor made with clear cellophane cone shaped bag (cut down to size) and white satin ribbon.

Boho Beauty

Keep it to theme by keeping it simple. Just add feathers for the perfect touch of bohemian beauty.

aqua blue ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in aqua blue (sold in sets of 6)

Rustic Finish

Add an instant touch of rustic to this otherwise modern finished favor with twine bound dried lavender stems.

white ceramic butterfly dish favor

featured here: ceramic butterfly dish favor in white (sold in sets of 6).
dried lavender bound with craft paper twine.

The ‘Ingredients’

Although we showed the dishes in a particular way, all the concepts you see are completely interchangeable. Play around with the combinations to suit your exact wedding theme and color scheme. Here are the essentials:

diy supplies for ceramic birdie and butterfly dish favors

supplies: ceramic bird & butterfly dishes, white satin ribbon, clear cellophane bags, baker’s twine, craft paper twine, white feathers, chocolate truffle eggs, himalayan pink salt, dried lavender and scissors

xoxo.

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