For a small outdoor wedding, Real Simple recommends casual, homemade table settings, sentimental photo opportunities and decorations that take advantage of natural surroundings. Whether at the beach, in a garden or in the yard, Knot.com suggests pitching a tent and keeping guests comfortable by providing necessities, such as fans.
Wedding planners can keep bugs at bay and protect guests from the elements by setting up a tent. Providing comfortable seating and signs that direct guests from the ceremony to the reception and to the restrooms puts them at ease. Paper lanterns or twinkling lights help to set a relaxing mood. The available outdoor setting can help to guide the choices on a menu and music, recommends Knot.com.
Have a clam bake and steel drums at the beach, for example, or a barbecue and folk music at a backyard reception. Real Simple suggests creating rustic, handmade decorations and table settings, such as stringing ribbons and flowers on the backs of chairs. Planners can top tables with mason jars filled with freshly-cut wild flowers and use rustic gingham or burlap table linens. Suspending homemade flower pomanders from the lights provides atmosphere. For unique and sentimental photo opportunities, the wedding party can utilize natural surroundings, such as a flower garden.