Outdoor Wedding Reception Ideas | Venue Tips

How do you dress your venue for a wedding outside? Here are some ideas for creating your very own enchanted garden wedding.

Spice up your summer wedding by making the most of the outdoors. An outdoor ceremony is the ideal way to tie the knot in summer, but your open air celebrations don’t have to stop there. Your drinks reception could also take place outside or you could have evening food under the stars. But how do you dress your venue for a wedding outside? Here are some ideas for creating your very own enchanted garden wedding...

Make an outdoor room

If you can’t have your wedding reception completely outside, try creating an outdoor room for everyone to enjoy at the drinks reception or in the evening. See what areas are available to you at your wedding venue and then let your imagination run riot. Is there a grassy lawn surrounded by hedges that are crying out to become a lounge? Or perhaps there are trees that would be the perfect umbrella for a chill out area? Straw bales make cheap and cheerful temporary seating (remember to cover the seat bit with thick fabric- straw is spikey!) and it won’t be the end of the world if they get rained on.
 

Outdoor garden lounge for a summer wedding reception from theweddingtearoom.fr | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Vintage summer wedding picnic with colourful hanging shades from interiordesign-anddecorating.com | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Straw bales make cheap and cheerful seating for a summer wedding - Alexandra Rowley via www.countryliving.com | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Get creative with lighting

The most effective way of dressing a wedding outside is with lighting. Soft twinkly lighting is so romantic and makes everything feel just a little bit special. If you’re on a budget, simple tealights in jam jars or lanterns will do the trick, and white fairy lights are cheap as chips but so effective when the sun goes down. If you have a bit more to spend, you could opt for garlands of hanging lanterns or Mediterranean-style festoon lighting.
 

Metal Cage Garden Lantern for dressing an outdoor wedding| For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Illuminated Decorative LED Tree for an outdoor wedding|For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Metal Cage Garden Lantern for dressing an outdoor wedding Photography: Raquel Reis| Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Create your own Mediterranean terrace for your summer wedding | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Outdoor buffet table with mismatched lampshades for a relaxed summer wedding - sweethomestyle.tumblr.com| For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Make the lighting the talking point of the table at your summer wedding - thesquareclub.com | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Chandeliers

As if chandeliers don’t look magnificent enough inside a beautiful country house wedding venue, hang them outside against a natural backdrop and things get truly magical. Suspended from trees or an arbor, a chandelier sets the scene for your very own midsummer night’s dream.
 

Romantic garden wedding chandelier - cloud9bliss.com | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Stunning chandeliers above a simple garden bench ¬- estateweddingsandevents.com | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk   'Ice Queen' Outdoor LED Garden Chandelier ideal for an outdoor wedding | For more ideas visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Ribbons, bunting and pom poms

Never underestimate the power of bunting. Add a strand here and there and before you know it, you’ll have an awesome looking outdoor wedding reception space on your hands. Think pom poms are just for indoors? Not so. These perennial wedding favourites will look brilliant hanging from branches around your wedding venue. The sky really is the limit with ribbon. Keep it simple and add a single bow to topiary and trees or go crazy with colour and create curtains to divide spaces.
 

Outdoor blessing at Duncton Mill. Image © Annamarie Stepney | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Simple white ribbons for a wedding at Wasing Park. Image © Anneli Marinovich Photography | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Colourful ribbon canopy for summer weddings - greenweddingshoes.com | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Bottles, bags and buckets

Everyday items can be transformed into fantastic decorations for your wedding. Pretty fabric tote bags can be filled with country garden flowers and hung on fence posts, glass bottles can become outdoor vases suspended from trees or beams and simple metal buckets can serve as elegant pew ends.
 

Pretty fabric tote bags can be filled with country garden flowers for a summer wedding – countryliving.com. Image by Robin Stubbert | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk   Glass bottles can become outdoor vases for a summer wedding - eatdrinkchic.com | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

Simple metal buckets can serve as elegant pew ends for a summer wedding - wedding-flowers-and-reception-ideas.com | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk   Welly boot flower container for a wedding at Curradine Barns. Image © Gemma  Williams Photography | Visit wedding-venues.co.uk

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1. Outdoor garden lounge

2. Vintage picnic with colourful hanging shades

3. Rustic straw bale seating

4. Metal Cage Garden Lantern by The Contemporary Home

5. Illuminated Decorative LED Tree by Enchanted Trees

6. Dancing in the moonlight

7. Bella Vista Festoon Lighting

8. Outdoor buffet table with mismatched lampshades

9. Contemporary light bulb lighting

10. Romantic garden wedding chandelier

11. Stunning chandeliers above a simple garden bench

12. 'Ice Queen' Outdoor LED Garden Chandelier

13. Outdoor blessing at Duncton Mill. Image © Annamarie Stepney

14. Simple white ribbons at Wasing Park. Image © Anneli Marinovich Photography

15. Colourful ribbon canopy

16. Pretty fabric tote brimming with flowers

17. Assortment of glass bottle vases

18. Tin buckets as pew ends

19. Welly boot flower container at Curradine Barns. Image © Gemma Williams Photography

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