tropical wedding decor
Christine Clark PhotographyLucia Events

Spring and summer are upon us, and you know what that means — outdoor weddings! Usually, Mother Nature does most of the work when it comes to the décor, but that’s not to say you can’t let your surroundings inspire your outdoor wedding theme or style. In fact, your outdoor space or venue is the first you should look to when planning your wedding because all the details should blend seamlessly. Luckily, nature is diverse, offering a bevy of options to choose from.

Take a look at these unique outdoor wedding themes.

couple kissing in desert wedding
Jane in the Woods Photographie

Southwest Desert

Whether you’re tying the knot in Zion National Park or Joshua Tree National Park, the desert provides a stunning backdrop to your vows in and of itself. When it comes to a desert outdoor wedding theme, take from the locale’s raw, untouched beauty when incorporating details, but keep it simple so as not to distract from the statement surroundings. Pampas grass, succulents, longhorn accent pieces, and Moroccan poufs pay perfect homage to the rugged earth — cluster them together for a makeshift altar.

estate wedding tablescape
Greg Finck

Chic Estate

An estate wedding is almost always held outside in an extravagant courtyard or across sprawling lawns. Take advantage of its European vibes, letting them play to your reception setting. A neutral palette of whites and beige always complements the stonework of an estate, while classic centerpieces of greenery and white blooms mirror the green grasses and trees surrounding the venue. The resulting look is understated and refined. And don’t forget — dining al fresco is always better under the stars, but even more so when twinkling string lights are strung overhead.

tropical wedding decor
Christine Clark PhotographyLucia Events

Modern Tropic

If you’re having a beach wedding, stay away from the stereotypical seashell outdoor wedding theme — it can get a bit kitschy. Instead, opt for a more tropical vibe — think palm trees and banana leaf print, like these fun throw pillows that add a pop to this completely chic and contemporary lounge setting! Gauzy linens and white seating skim the dance floor for a cabana like look and tropical oasis feel.

vineyard wedding ceremony
Allison Kuhn Creative


Rustic Vineyard

Nothing says romance like wine, so where better to get married than at a vineyard? Channel its Tuscan roots with wine barrel aisle markers topped with urns overflowing with foliage and blooms. Since vineyard scenery is breathtaking in its own, so there’s no need to overdo it elsewhere — keep the rest of the ceremony to a minimalist vibe to let its bucolic beauty shine.

whimsical garden wedding
Codrean Photography & Films

Whimsical Garden

Nothing has springtime flair like a delicate garden wedding. Here, florals and greenery are at your service! Festoon crawling vines and blooms around a chuppah, adorn chairs with garlands of leaves, and litter the aisle with petals, extending the magic and beauty of the surrounding gardens into your ceremony. Trust us — foliage creates some serious romance.

backyard wedding tablescape
Rachel Moore Photography

Backyard Charm

Think outdoor wedding themes and a sweet, summertime backyard affair may spring to mind. You really can’t beat its low-key, intimate feel. Keep things laid-back without being overly casual with farmhouse tables and matching chairs, simple linens, lanterns, and bistro lighting. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your color palette — colorful blooms give a nod to the fun of a backyard bash.