Backyard Wedding Decor for Your Outdoor Ceremony

Be it a formal garden party or a casual, boho affair

Updated 06/12/18

Photo by Lauren Scotti Photography

We love a good wedding venue as much as the next, but there's something about the great outdoors that makes it the most nuptial-appropriate space of all (when the weather cooperates, that is). The sky is quite literally the limit (minus a few trees here and there)—you have little to no seating limitations based on space, the freedom to decorate however and wherever you choose, and the option to pick an especially sentimental plot of land for the occasion. Essentially, once you've chosen your outdoor wedding venue, you and your future spouse have total control over selecting the date, formality, dress code, theme, and beyond. Plus, you'll save major dough on venues if you resort to a family farm or childhood home for your vows.

Aside from the danger of ripping your veil on a few pesky twigs and overcoming the realization that you'll likely have to rent portable restrooms, hosting an outdoor wedding has the inherent power to generate a strikingly stunning ceremony (and/or reception). But, as naturally gorgeous as your outdoor venue may already be, backyard wedding decor can lend a helping hand and set the tone for your nuptials in style.

Whether you plan to celebrate with a formal garden party on the coast or an intimate, laid-back ceremony with close friends and family, we have you covered in the outdoor decorations department, even if you'll be saying "I do" under a tent or awning. From colorful rugs to modern hanging plant fixtures to lawn games, check out our 12 backyard wedding decor picks for any nuptial style, some of which you and your S.O. can reuse post-wedding.

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Open Weave All Weather Wicker Side Chair

Courtesy of Terrain

You'll likely go the rental route when it comes to ceremony seating, especially if you have a lengthy guest list, but you can decorate your outdoor venue further with modern chairs for guests to linger on during cocktail hour. Pick between white, black, or turquoise, and scatter a few seats around any open spaces for a cozy hangout nook. Plus, you and your S.O. can keep them for use in your own backyard.

Terrain, $348

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Zellie Indoor/Outdoor Printed Rug

Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

For the bohemian bride, turn your aisle into a row of mismatched outdoor rugs. The bolder, the better, especially if you have simple seating, but stick with subdued hues so they don't detract too much attention from the focal point—you and your future spouse.

SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, starting at $39

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Zinc Sphere Hanging Basket

If you're saying "I do" under the cover of an outdoor tent (you never know what Mother Nature may do), consider hanging florals to freshen up the awning's interior. You'll have to work out the logistics with the tent rental company regarding where to attach these fixtures, but they'll instantly add a modern, cozy feel to any backyard ceremony. Your favorite blooms will wonderfully contrast the steel frames.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, starting at $38

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Dolce Vita Outdoor Bar Cart

Courtesy of CB2

A bar cart doesn't have to be reserved primarily for booze, especially if you're already creating your own open bar structure. Instead, convert this prime real estate into a spot to showcase framed photos of you and your soon-to-be-spouse, a record player and speaker for cocktail hour tunes, or fresh floral displays.

SHOP NOW: CB2, was $299, now $269

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Woodland Box Planters

Courtesy of BHLDN

Add a slightly rustic appeal to your outdoor venue with simple wooden planters. Choose between a light or dark hue, then use them as reception table centerpieces, aisle liners, or whatever else fuels your fancy.

BHLDN, starting at $8

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Spin Glossy Vase

Courtesy of CB2

As a more modern approach, add some height to your flower arrangements with sky-high vases. Reserve these vessels specifically for taller blooms, like palm leaves or a few sunflowers.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $99.95

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Brass Square Miniature Lantern

Courtesy of Terrain

We love these lanterns because there's no shortage of spots to stow them. You have the option of lining the aisle, decorating your outdoor reception tablescape, or even hanging them from nearby trees. However you decorate each votive holder, the simple shape will add a timeless, yet fresh approach to your backyard wedding.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $18

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Stargazer Globe Lights

Courtesy of Terrain

What would a backyard ceremony be without some mood lighting? As day turns to night, keep the festivities going (and looking all the more beautiful) with rows of decorative lights. The size and shape is up to you, but hang them from trees or the tent ceiling for a completely ethereal effect.

SHOP NOW: Terrain, $24

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Willow Candelabra

Courtesy of BHLDN

Keeping in line with the natural allure, you can also rely on the power of candles to brighten up the space. This romantic candelabra will make a stunning centerpiece at any outdoor reception table.

BHLDN, $68

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Look See Feel Be Love All Bocce Set

Courtesy of CB2

Lawn games are a given for any backyard wedding, no matter the formality, and guests of all ages will stay entertained after the ceremony.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $159

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Garner Low Basket

Courtesy of CB2

The texture of this basket makes it perfect for the great outdoors. Store programs, favors, flowers for guests to toss, or, in case of inclement weather, extra umbrellas for guests to use in these roomy receptacles. You can also easily stow them away to ensure they're not too obtrusive during the wedding.

SHOP NOW: CB2, $49.95

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Mirabella Wall Hanging

Courtesy of BHLDN

Get creative with your altar decorations, and take a cue from Sea of Shoes blogger Jane Aldridge, who hung pieces of 1930s lace tatting from trees to produce a pretty curtain-like effect at her own wedding.

BHLDN, $136

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