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5 Outdoor Wedding Venue Ideas for Every Kind of Bride

There's no better lighting than natural lighting for your wedding photographs, which is just one of the bonuses of hosting your big day outdoors.

With any outdoor venue, make sure there's a plan in place for what to do in case of disagreeable weather. The venue may have options and provide tents or indoor spaces, or you may have to supply a tent yourself. As always, read the fine print and be prepared!

Whether you're a budding member of the garden club or a flower child at heart, a natural setting offers itself as a beautiful backdrop from events both swanky and simple.

For the sophisticated bride - A Vineyard Wedding

Trellises, fruit, wine—there's an inherent romance to a vineyard, which makes it a prime location for an outdoor wedding. A vineyard is also appropriate for wine lovers or brides and grooms who want to have a destination wedding but don't necessarily want to wed in the tropics—a Napa Valley vineyard would be the perfect place for such a couple. If you're looking for glorious scenery and a perfect backdrop for nuptial photos, a vineyard is the spot for you.

Tip: Consider serving small plates paired with wines from the vineyard at your reception.

For the romantic bride - A Botanical Gardens Wedding

If you find yourself dedicating more Pins to your Bouquet idea board than any other, consider holding your wedding in botanical gardens (or an arboretum or even a park with well-maintained shrubs and flower beds). Themes for this style of wedding include a garden tea or brunch, picnics, or French cuisine served a la “A Starry Night," complete with twinkle lights and candles.

Tip: Echo the setting by featuring similar blooms in your bouquet and table arrangements.


For the relaxed bride - A Beach Wedding

Beaches have long provided brides and grooms with a laid-back and happy destination in which to marry—you get a vacation and wedding wrapped up into one (and sometimes a honeymoon, too). While you can usually invite as many people as you and your budget allow, a beach wedding is a really great way to celebrate your marriage with those closest to you.

Tip: Send guests home with a small jar of sand from your 'wedding beach' as a favour.

For the preppy or quirky bride - A Boat wedding

Getting married on a boat provides a fun twist on the traditional beach wedding! A boat wedding can be as down-home as an afternoon relaxing at the lake or it can be as opulent as dinner at the yacht club. When you get married on a boat, you feel like you (and your closest friends and family) have truly been swept away to another place, which makes for magical memories. Bonus: a boat wedding is a great option for keeping a guest list on the smaller side by nature of the venue.

Tip: Serve an entrée featuring local, fresh fish or seafood.

For the sentimental bride - A Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings are perfect for the family-oriented bride who wants a beautiful and intimate wedding reception. Whether you have a large yard to use or not, the nature of hosting a wedding at the home of a loved one is personal in and of itself.

Tip: Use heirloom serving pieces, china, or linens at your backyard reception.

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