Ways to Bring the Outdoors In at Your Winter Wedding Venue
Goodbye summer, hello fall! If you’re hosting your wedding ceremony or reception at an indoor venue during these next colder months but you still want to channel the festive, outdoor style of summertime weddings, this post goes out to you. Maybe you’re in love with the idea of a ceremony in the garden, a casual dinner out on the lawn, and dancing under the stars, but for whatever reason missed the chance to have a summer wedding (those off-peak prices are pretty convincing, we know!). See more:4 Ways to Save Big on Your Wedding Decor
In any case, have no fear—we’ve brainstormed 4 ways to bring the gorgeous outdoors in, so you can still have the outdoorsy wedding you’ve always dreamed of, minus the bug spray and fans!
Branches and Flowers Branches—bare or not—have a beautiful, whimsical quality to them that adds just the right amount of that rustic, natural look to any ceremony or reception venue. We’ve seen bare branches, painted branches, and branches weaved with petals and leaves all look marvelous against almost any backdrop. Use them as centerpieces or line your aisle with them to craft a dramatic look that still maintains a quirky, woodland vibe.
Of course, the concept of bringing the outdoors in wouldn’t be right without the addition of flowers! If you’re going for a super lush look, try hanging bundles of flowers and greens from the ceiling. You could alternatively string just a couple together to create a subtle floral accent.
Sources: Sweet Monday Photography via MODWedding / Mindy Weiss via Adorn Magazine / Jana Williamsvia Wedding Paper Divas / Creamy LifeOutdoor Fixtures Bring your favorite outdoor fixtures inside to create a romantic garden wedding atmosphere. Bring in a wooden arch and wrap it in flowers and vines, or try decorating the entry with dainty wrought iron gates. If you want to go for a rustic wedding look, prop up wooden doors for your ceremony backdrop.
Sources: Cava Weddings via CeciStyle Magazine / Utterly Engaged / Olivia Leigh Photographie via Elizabeth Anne Designs Lighting Use creative lighting to recreate the outdoors in your indoor space! Steal the warm, charming look of open-air receptions by stringing up lights across the room—just be sure to check with your venue before you start spending money on these. If you want to dance beneath the “stars,” create a canopy of small string lights over the dim wedding reception space to recreate the night sky.
You can further enlist the help of a lighting rental company and use gobo lighting to project silhouettes of almost anything you want across the walls. How about branches? Leaves? Little stars?
Sources: Colin Miller via Colin Cowie Weddings / Matt Daniel Photography via Ashley Baber Weddings / Elizabeth Etienne via Colin Cowie Weddings / Karen Hill Photography via Style Me PrettyGreen Outdoor weddings are beautiful because they take advantage of the surrounding landscape, whether it is a lawn, a forest, a mountaintop, or a garden. You can still achieve the fresh, outdoor look and feel by packing a lot of green elements into your indoor wedding venue. We love the idea of using moss. It’s simple, lush, and very versatile. You can use it as a backdrop for the ceremony, the photo booth, or even for your place cards.
Succulents also work great when paired with moss or alone. We’ve seen many uses for succulents, as favors and cake toppers to centerpieces and wall décor!
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you can’t have an equally beautiful wedding inspired by the outdoors. All it takes is a little creativity to craft the best outdoor wedding...indoors!