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8 Gorgeous Outdoor Wedding Themes for Any Bride

Have you always dreamed of getting married in the fresh air, using the backdrop of nature behind you as you say “I do?” The opportunities for outdoor wedding themes are endless, so how can you even begin to choose?

Whether you want a romantic garden party or a country rustic backyard wedding, we have you covered on how to choose your perfect outdoor wedding theme. 

Choosing a outdoor wedding theme may feel like an overwhelming decision, but it doesn’t have to be. Take into consideration which elements really appeal to you and your partner. Is there a certain fall color scheme you wanted to incorporate? Do you have sentimental memories that you want to tie into your special day? 

Once you decide on the details that you absolutely need to be a part of your wedding, then you can allow your imagination to take over and choose a outdoor wedding theme that includes all of your wildest dreams. 

Here are some of our favorite outdoor wedding themes! 

Simple Backyard Wedding

Do you want the simplicity and intimacy of your own backyard with just your closest friends and relatives on your wedding day? Create the perfect simple backyard wedding by using some of these ideas. 


Hang up lots of string lights and post custom wooden signs to lead your guests to where you will be having your ceremony. For the reception, decorate your backyard with fun yard games such as a custom monogrammed corn hole set. Have your guests sign a sentimental item to remember your special day.


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Whimsical Woodland Wedding  

Have you dreamed of your wedding day being artsy and whimsical? Choose an aesthetic that is perfect for the couple who wants a fairytale wedding. 


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The woods is a perfect location for a whimsical, fairy-like escape for your guests. Decorate with moss centerpieces, chandeliers hanging from trees, and other ethereal touches to make your whimsical woodland theme come to life. 


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Unconventional & Unique Wedding 

For the adventurous couple, choose an outdoor wedding theme that is unconventional and unique. Choose a location that will excite your guests by allowing them to explore the great outdoors with you.


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If you love the outdoors, you can bring your guests to gorgeous sights in nature. Explore unique locations that are special to you and your partner. Whether it’s a beautiful waterfall, or a mountainside ceremony, you will have a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs. It will make your wedding have the most unique and unconventional theme of all. 


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Tropical Paradise Wedding 

Beach weddings are gorgeous, but why not recreate a tropical paradise through your theme? For the couple who wants to experience tropical bliss before their honeymoon, choose a theme that brings paradise to you on your wedding day. 


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Lots of palm plants are a must, along with gorgeous tropical flower arrangements that will bring lots of color to your venue. Tiki accessories like serving drinks in coconut shells will make your guests feel like they are on vacation!


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Modern & Contemporary Wedding 

Love a modern minimalistic aesthetic but still want a wedding outdoors? Choose a contemporary theme that will impress your guests. 


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Use geometric shapes such as hexagons to create a sleek, modern backdrop for your ceremony. Opt for metallic accents and a color scheme to match. 


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Elegant & Fancy Wedding 

Treat yourself like royalty and choose an elegant wedding theme fit for a king and queen. Go all out on decorations, flowers, and lots of gold for your fancy wedding theme. 


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A dramatic backdrop with lots of chiffon fabric would be perfect for your elegant wedding. Large antique picture frames can be used as signs, and chandeliers hanging above reception tables will make your guests feel like they are royalty. 


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Garden Party Wedding 

A classic garden party wedding theme is classy and beautiful. For the bride and groom who want their guests to enjoy a wedding full of romance, opt for this theme. 


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A gorgeous floral background is essential for the ceremony. Little garden details such as custom seed packets for guests to take home will not only make your wedding memorable, but also allow your guests to be reminded of your love as the plant grows at home. 


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Rustic Country Wedding 

For the cowboy and cowgirl who just want to throw down on their wedding day, choose a rustic country wedding theme. Choose a farmhouse venue that will accommodate your wildest country wedding dreams. 


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Give your guests the down home experience with hay bale seats at your ceremony. The back of a vintage truck is the perfect place to decorate. P.S: Burlap and baby’s breath floral arrangements go so well together. 


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Caroline Kinsley

Caroline Kinsley is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware. With a degree in media communications, Caroline’s passions are marketing and journalism. Caroline has always loved the wedding planning process, being the daughter of an event planner. In addition to contributions to Yeah Weddings, Caroline Kinsley has published articles in Delaware Today Magazine, Her Campus, and YOUR Magazine.

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