It’s officially spring! For obvious reasons, spring and summer are prime seasons for outdoor weddings. There’s something special about saying “I do” under a blue sky, an old oak tree, or under a canopy of leaves. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, Mother Nature kindly pitches in and provides her own decor for you to enjoy, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop there.
Decorating and embellishing natural outdoor elements is a great way to personalize your wedding and throw in an opportunity for a DIY project or two. The first thing that may come to mind is Mason Jars, but there are so many more ways to decorate trees and greenery at your wedding.
We’ve rounded up 12 romantic ideas, so get those creative juices flowing, start crafting, and when it comes time to hang the decor, make sure someone is holding the ladder!
1. Geometric Hanging Lights
Geometric fixtures, decor, favors, candles, and centrepieces continue to be popular in 2017. Add this minimalist trend to your ceremony or reception by hanging lights in a tree (away from branches or brush that can catch fire, or course!).
Photography: Amy & Jordan Photography.
2. Beaded Garlands and Strings
Purchase (or make!) embellished garlands to hang from trees and branches. Tip: choose transparent beads that will catch the sunlight for extra impact.
3. Paper Lanterns
Affordable and easy to use, paper lanterns require minimal work but leave a big impact.
4. Personal Photos
Display photos of the bride, groom, wedding party, or guests by attaching photos to twine and wrapping them around a tree.
5. Lanterns and Flowers
Add a pop of color to hanging lanterns with some spring blooms and greenery.
6. Twinkle Lights
Romantic and classic, twinkle lights look great in photos and are an easy way to add ambiance to an evening outdoor wedding.
Photography: Shewanders Photography.
7. Tea Cups
Hang vintage tea cups (find them at local thrift stores or garage sales) for vintage-inspired decor.
8. Escort Cards
Easily attach escort cards to a tree with twine and some clothespins. This easy DIY is also useful if you’re short on space.
Simple yet statement-making, draped fabric can act as your alter and also as a photo backdrop.
10. Vases and Flowers
Mix and match vases or jars with a few flowers to add more blooms to your wedding.
Hang various colors, finishes, shapes, and sizes of ribbon from trees and branches for an airy, romantic vibe.
12. Wine Bottles and Flowers
Forget Mason Jars, keep leftover wine bottles to act as easy and affordable hanging vases.
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