(Closed) Anyone having an outdoor reception?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
10846 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had an outdoor ceremony/reception. The ceremony was on a grassy area, just with the chairs set up with an “aisle” down the centre (no runner or anything, just the grass). I had programs and bubbles hung on each chair (chiavari chairs). At the front, we had big vases with curly willow branches (leaves still on, they’re typically removed) with orchids wired to the branches. I honestly wasn’t even going to have them, but we had them for the reception anyways, so we just used them and then moved them over to the reception area when all the chairs were being used. I totally agree that just letting nature do it’s job and look beautiful is a good thing. Take advantage of what’s free right?! The orchids didn’t wilt at all.

(This is the only photo I could find that showed them most clearly, sorry!)

The reception under the tent was sort in this walled in area, so we had a lot of architectural features to work with and they sort of spoke for themselves. We just added a bit up uplighting around the edgest to highlight the stonework, and moved those big vases to the perimetre as well. Our philosophy was to work with what was there (because it was beautiful) rather than to fight it or try to turn it into something it wasn’t. I also let it inspire the vibe we wanted, which was “rustic elegance” for lack of a better term. I didn’t get too hung up on colours, which is maybe where I’m not uber traditional. I used a lot of white, silver, blues, and pops of red. Although really, I’m sure you could find every colour under the sun at our wedding, I didn’t get hung up on being matchy-matchy.

Just so I don’t fill your thread with tons of photos, here are some of my recap threads that might help you:

The ceremony

The reception




Post # 5
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re having our wedding here, it also happens to be where Mrs. Pincush got married, too. We’re having little bits of vintage/antique decor, but not too much.

Post # 6
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am having my reception on the beach. I definitely am minimizing all decor at that reception because its already so beautiful.

Post # 7
3048 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’m having an outdoor wedding (ceremony). My venue is on a farm and they pretty much provide all the decor. There are flowers everywhere and greenery as well. So I’m not spending anything on flowers except bouquets! It’s going to be mid-July in Georgia so it will be extremely hot! My ceremony won’t be long enough for the flowers to wilt! We are getting hitched quick so we can run into the A/C and party!

Colors: So far it’s hot pink. Not sure what other color to pair with it. Maybe brown, maybe light blue. Not too worried about it.

Decor: My venue lets me choose from 5 different centerpieces. I want to have half my tables with brown lanterns in the middle. And half of them to have long vases w/ floating candles. I may add pink rocks in the water if I do the clear vases w/ flower design. But I may decide to use these vintage crystal candle holders. Haven’t decided yet but there’s no need to yet!

Everything else my venue is providing. Including hanging lanterns around the walkways outside. Hanging flower pots along the patio outside. Inside there are huge candelabras, they provide the candles. And they have some greenery and white Christmas lights. With all that they provide… I’m not budgeting a dime to my decorations. Plus I paid a WHOLE lot for the venue so I can’t afford it!

Post # 8
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re having an outdoor reception at a winery pavilion, which is tucked into the woods and overlooks the fields. 

We’re going to stick with white linens, chairs, and flowers, to brighten up the shade (obviously, no worries about wilting on our end).  There will also be lots of candles, vintage glass for the centerpieces, and white ribbon panels. The pavilion and surrounding trees already have strands of Christmas lights installed. Pretty and simple. 🙂

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