If there’s one thing we’ve learned from gazing at wedding after wedding each day, it’s that there are a ton of beautiful places to say “I do,” from rustic barns in the Catskills and vineyards in California to beaches in Bali and rustic chapels in France. And that’s not to mention backyard weddings and garden nuptials!
And if there’s another thing we’ve learned, it’s that ceremonies can get really creative. Sure, so too can wedding receptions, but guests generally have some idea of what to expect—tables and a dance floor; it’s mainly the décor that leaves room for a surprise. But as the first event to kick off your new union, your wedding ceremony will set the tone for the rest of the big day. It’s the chance to wow guests with the unexpected, establish your wedding theme or style, and give a hint at what’s to follow at the reception.
That said, there are so many things you can do with a ceremony space! If it’s an epic spot outdoors with panoramic mountain views or stunning seaside scenery, we suggest letting nature do most of the work and keeping the décor simple. On the other hand, certain outdoor settings like a garden or grove get even more beautiful when you amplify their enchanting effects with additional flowers and greenery. You can perfect an indoor ceremony by filling the space with décor, whether your style is industrial or bohemian, and glowing lighting (we’re a huge fan of fairy lights!) to set the ambiance. If your indoor venue has historic character or a striking look, sometimes a minimalist touch is the best complement—less can be more, after all.
And no matter where you hold your ceremony, don’t forget the aisle and altar or chuppah! Whether or not you decide to go all out with either, it’s something that needs to be taken into consideration as their presence—or lack thereof—can totally make the ceremony.
Just for you, some beautiful ceremony ideas.