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Kendra Hagerman
Kendra Hagerman March 28, 2017

12 Ways To Decorate Trees At Your Spring Wedding

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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!).

These geometric lights are so sweet! I'd like to hang them from all the trees for our backyard wedding. 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.

Romantic hanging beads from a tree - outdoor wedding ideas. Photography: Michael Anthony Photography // Found On: Wedding Wire.

3. Paper Lanterns

Affordable and easy to use, paper lanterns require minimal work but leave a big impact.

Easy wedding decor: paper lanterns! Photography: Bonnie Sen Creative Photography // Found On: Style Me Pretty.

4. Personal Photos

Display photos of the bride, groom, wedding party, or guests by attaching photos to twine and wrapping them around a tree.

What a great way to involve friends and family in your outdoor wedding! Photography: Mango Studios // Found On: Wedding Bells.

5. Lanterns and Flowers

Add a pop of color to hanging lanterns with some spring blooms and greenery.

Love these lanterns combined with flowers for our spring wedding. Photography: Hopkins Studios // Planning: ALK Events // Planning: Embellished Events // Flowers: A Floral Affair // Found On: The Knot.

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.

These twinkle lights are so romantic! Love this idea for a spring wedding. Photography: Shewanders Photography.

7. Tea Cups

Hang vintage tea cups (find them at local thrift stores or garage sales) for vintage-inspired decor.

Hanging tea cups from a tree! SO cute for a backyard wedding. Photography: Sarah Gawler Photography // Props & Styling: Emma La Haye // Design, Props and Styling: Savoir Weddings // Found On: Love My Dress.

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.

What a cool idea! Escort cards pinned to a tree for an outdoor wedding. Photography: Love Me Do Photography // Found On: Style Me Pretty.

9. Fabric

Simple yet statement-making, draped fabric can act as your alter and also as a photo backdrop.

This fabric draping on the tree is such a simple way to decorate your wedding. Photography: Bethany Small Photography // Floral Design: Just So. Event Floral // Found On: Ira + Lucy.

10. Vases and Flowers

Mix and match vases or jars with a few flowers to add more blooms to your wedding.

Hanging mason jars with flowers. Such an easy DIY for a spring/summer wedding. Photography: Alexander James // Flowers: Miss Rose by Perrine // Found On: French Wedding Style.

11. Ribbon

Hang various colors, finishes, shapes, and sizes of ribbon from trees and branches for an airy, romantic vibe.

Easy Wedding DIY: Ribbons hanging from a tree as a photo backdrop. Photography: Love Me Do Photography // Found On: Style Me Pretty.

12. Wine Bottles and Flowers

Forget Mason Jars, keep leftover wine bottles to act as easy and affordable hanging vases.

Wine bottles and flowers - awesome idea for an easy backyard wedding. Photography: Jonathan Ong // Flowers: Blooming Brides // Found On: Rock My Wedding.


Kendra Hagerman is the editor-in-chief of Kendra Found It, a website dedicated to finding luxury items on the cheap. She is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle writer; when she’s not working, you can find her hanging out with her husband and their rescue chiweenie on their oversized couch. Find and follow her on the social channels below for design, beauty, wedding, and fashion inspiration:

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