How to add some elegance to an outdoor wedding


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When summer arrives; hemlines get shorter, hair gets lighters, and weddings move from inside to the great outdoors. If you’re planning a summer soiree with your beau, you should certainly be thinking of taking things outside.

Whether you’re going for a full on festival feel, or a chilled out picnic vibe; you need to make sure your table decorations are spot on. Just because there’s no roof overhead, doesn’t mean you should scrimp on these finer details.

If you’re tying the knot in an outdoor ceremony this summer, you’ll want to follow these top tips for decorating your wedding tables in style:

1. Natural beauty

garden wedding decor

If you’ve spent months picking the perfect outdoor venue, when would you then spend even more time – not to mention cold hard cash – on turning it into something else?

Showcase the natural beauty of your wedding location by keeping your table decorations simple, stunning, and au natural! For example, pitch a really simple gazebo and string some coloured lanterns across to add some natural light. When it comes to the tables, opt for crisp white tablecloths, cutlery tied with taffeta ribbon, and raffia favour containers or centrepieces.

Choose flowers that are in season, and keep any bouquets ‘shabby chic’ to give a real homemade feel. You want to keep things looking as natural and organic as possible to really enhance the natural beauty of the wedding venue.

2. Pops of color

wedding reception table linens

If all white isn’t your thing, you don’t need to shy away from colour. In fact, a simple table with a pop of a single, vibrant shade – kept consistent throughout the rest of your wedding decor of course – is one way to really bring your wedding tables to life.

We love the idea of pairing crisp white tables, with hot pink flowers, napkins and place-cards. Not only does this highlight your table decorations, but it also contrasts beautifully with the greenery outside.

If you’re yet to choose a color scheme for your big day, you can get some top tips here.

3. Rustic glamour

outdoor wedding reception



While the words ‘rustic’ and ‘glamour’ might sound like a major juxtaposition to you, decorating your tables to this style can really bring something special to your decoration. For your table runners, opt for monogrammed burlap on a crisp white tablecloth, and tie your cutlery together with twig-effect thread.

You can even add edible favors in small ‘nests’ for your guests to munch on – mini eggs or sugared almonds would really add to the ambiance this style of decor creates. This theme idea is wide open, so let your creativity run wild.

wedding favor escort card


Some of our final top tips are:

  • Make sure the table decor you choose ties in with the theme you’ve chosen for your big day. Your outdoor decoration should compliment what’s inside making for a smooth transition.
  • Remember that you are outside and the weather might not always be on your side. If it’s windy, decorations could blow everywhere; if it’s raining, things could get soaked. While you can’t cater for every eventuality, make provisions just in case.
  • Have fun with your decorations and do what you love! After all, your big day should be something you look back on fondly. Don’t just follow the latest trends if you’re not completely sold on them.
  • Bear in mind your budget and your guest list, especially if you have ambitious plans. With lots of people to cater for, you may need to cut back on OTT table decor as you simply won’t have the space or the cash to decorate every table to the same standard.


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2 comments and suggestions
Kerri 12/5/13

I was wondering if you could tell me what size the tables in the third picture (white round tables) are. My fiancé and I are trying to figure out our tables for our 25′ x 50′ room with 42 people and are having a tough time with it. Thank you,

April Dorsey 12/18/13

They are 60″ rounds.perfect for 6-8 people.

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