Outdoor Wedding Reception Ideas

Those looking for outdoor wedding reception ideas might be planning a backyard wedding, have booked an outdoor wedding venue or may be planning on getting married on a beach. Which will you choose for your special day?!

Whatever you plan, here are my outdoor wedding reception ideas to inspire you to create a stunning display for your special day!

outdoor wedding reception ideas

Wedding receptions locations

Location, location, location! The old saying is true. Finding the perfect location for your outdoor wedding reception is key. If you can find a venue like this one with a beautiful balcony for the evening meal, you have the best of both worlds. If it rains, you will have the cover you need and on a balmy summers night, you can spend your reception outside in the moonlight evening.

outdoor wedding reception ideas

Decorated wedding arches

This is an unusual arch over a wishing well at a garden wedding reception. It is beautiful in the evening time as the strings of lights twinkle and add to the atmosphere of the event.

outdoor wedding reception ideas

Public firework displays

Fireworks shows are a classic for an outdoor wedding reception. I love this photo as the spectacular display reminds me of flowers in full bloom! Whether you plan on a few sparklers in your wedding cake or a large scale professional display, fireworks are sure to add the wow factor to your reception.

outdoor wedding reception ideas

Wedding finger food reception

Want a real simple wedding reception? How about a grill in the backyard? I hope this bride and groom did not really have to cook their own food! What a great idea for food though. It is hard to beat food cooked on the grill for an outdoor wedding reception.

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The Language of Flowers

You can use the 'language of flowers' to give a special meaning to your bouquet

Here are some of the most popular wedding flowers and their meanings...

  • Allium - good fortune
  • Aster - beginnings
  • Daisy - innocence
  • Freesia - calm
  • Gardenia - grace
  • Gypsophilia - everlasting love
  • Heather - passion
  • Lily - virtue
  • Orchid - delicate beauty
  • Red rose - passionate love
  • Tulip - hopeless love
  • White rose - purity

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    Hints and tips...

    For a bit of fun for the girls at your wedding, why not tie this cute poem to your bouquet before you throw it?

    "Congratulations Missy! You pushed your way up front. You caught the bride's bouquet. Good luck with your groom hunt!"

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