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Ceremony Altars for Outdoor Weddings

Here are six spectacular ideas for turning any lawn, field, or backyard into a space with vow appeal.

Bollywood Bacchanal

Unexpected bursts of vivid color (hello, tomato red seating) and fanciful batik patterns create a celebratory slice of Indian glamour. Lush bunches of hot-hued zinnias draw all eyes to the vow area.

Orange vases, $62.40 for eight, Vase Source. Zinnias, Patty's Berries and Bunches. "Oriental" plastic-straw rug runner, $49.99 for 2.5 by 8 feet, Outdoor Rugs. Rose petals, $140 for 6,000, Fifty Flowers. Red "Chiavari" chairs and cushions, Classic Party Rentals.

Tip: Screen a neighbor's unsightly yard by stringing a clothesline between trees (a gap of 15 to 20 feet is ideal) and pinning up a mix of vintage quilts and tablecloths.