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10 stunning outdoor wedding decoration ideas


If you’re stuck for outdoor wedding theme decoration ideas, then you’ve landed on the right page! In this article, we’re giving you 10 unique, wacky, wonderful and beautiful outdoor wedding inspiration ideas for your decorations!

To help make things easier, we’ve split this blog into three different sections:

  • Garden wedding decorations
  • Outdoor wedding arch ideas
  • DIY outdoor wedding decoration ideas

At Milton Hill House, we’ve hosted 1000’s outdoor weddings and we’ve seen some amazing outdoor wedding decorations that you can take some inspiration from.

10 Unique outdoor wedding decoration ideas

An outdoor wedding is a truly unique way of celebrating the love between you and your partner. With the breeze blowing through the trees and birds singing, it’s the perfect  wedding setting to tie the knot. As well as the atmosphere, the venue grounds are a great backdrop for photos that you will definitely cherish forever.

So, if you’re planning on having your ceremony and reception outdoors, whether you’re looking for an extravagant party or some elegant nuptials indeed, make sure to read on to discover how to make your wedding unique!

So, let’s get started on our list of 10 outdoor wedding decoration ideas, starting with the most popular and budget friendly garden wedding decorations.

Garden wedding decoration ideas

When looking for garden wedding decoration ideas, you need to make sure they are appropriate for the unpredictable British weather. You know what they say: “whatever the weatherman says, expect the opposite”!

If you’re looking for inexpensive garden wedding designs and ideas, you can utilise nature and opt for simple and inexpensive decor. eBay and Amazon are great places to find affordable decor, whilst Pinterest is an excellent platform to gather ideas and inspiration. 

We’ve seen a lot of themes from happy couples who have hired our Abingdon wedding venue, but below are our favourite garden themed wedding decorations that have been bought into our grounds.

Hay bales

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If you are planning on saying “I do” in a barn setting, you simply must include hay bales. These are fairly cheap and sometimes come with the venue. 

Hay bales can be utilised in a variety of ways including for seating arrangements, or draped with material and fashioned as tables.

These bring a truly rustic feel to your wedding day and look great in photographs, especially if they’re used to line your wedding aisle!

For more inspiration, the company Style Me Pretty has some absolutely gorgeous ideas for more rustic themed ceremonies, such as barn or farm weddings.

This is one of our favourite outdoor wedding decoration ideas as it creates a chilled out and informal atmosphere.

Coloured china

This outdoor wedding decoration idea is something that many couples opt for. Coloured plates, cups and cutlery. If you plan to have your meal outdoors in a marquee, these look really effective, particularly if the tablecloth is white (to match your wedding dress!) 

Try a mismatched style for a more rustic look or if you have a particular colour palette, tailor your cutlery to this.

Did you know that our outdoor space is able to hold a marquee for up to 400 guests? This means you can host an amazing outdoor wedding reception with your nearest and dearest. 

Neon signs

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Neon signs have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years and everyone has an Instagram picture in front of one, and for good reason. 

They look cool and add a pop of colour to any venue. You can also take them back to decorate your home or garden after the wedding as memorabilia. 

Generic ones are available online or many places do custom signs if you want your names or the date of the wedding. 

Neon signs are great outdoor wedding decoration ideas as they catch they eye, and create the perfect backdrop for your guests to take those oh so Instagrammable pictures. 

Outdoor wedding decoration arch ideas

Ok, so one of the most popular outdoor wedding decoration ideas is of course an arch! 

Every outdoor wedding needs a stunning archway. They are perfect for special photo moments and some couples choose to say “I do” in front of them.

If your venue doesn’t have one, simply create your own. You have plenty of options for wedding arches and they don’t need to be costly. 

If you want to decorate an existing arch, use fairy lights and string them around for an extra special touch.

Floral wedding arch idea

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Floral wedding ceremony arches are simply beautiful. They are wonderful outdoor wedding decoration ideas if boho chic is what you’re after. Saying’ ‘I do’ under a flower arch, while wearing a custom flower crown will create some breathtaking wedding photography.

After all, no outdoor wedding decoration ideas are complete without fresh flowers, right? You’re getting married in nature. Obviously, you should incorporate some gorgeous wedding flowers into your decor.

You can also hang your wonderful blooms around chairs and tables, or get creative and make flower wreaths! Check out the below image of a wonderful flower garland used at one of our outdoor weddings!

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 You can combine flowers and fairy lights and string lights for an extra bit of sparkle, and have the prettiest reception decor for your rustic wedding.

Balloon wedding arch

Over the past few years, balloon arches have become a phenomenon and are one of the most affordable outdoor wedding decoration ideas we’ve seen.

A white balloon arch is sophisticated and subtle. Wrap some greenery around it to really create a beautiful centrepiece to say ‘I do.

You can also use balloons to decorate other areas of your venue, such as a wedding table centrepiece. Use pastel shades for a more whimsical, romantic effect, or bright reds and blues if you want them to stand out. The image below is a great way to use balloons as your wedding table centrepiece, whilst still keeping it classy! (Note that this was for a Christening, but would work wonderfully for your wedding!)

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There are a lot of professional companies that will be able to work with you to create an amazing balloon arch. If you are looking for a more inexpensive option, then you can Amazon sell some awesome balloon arch kits that are very reasonably priced.

Fairy Lights

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What would a blog on outdoor wedding decoration ideas be without fairy lights? These little devices make any area look bright and cool, and can be hung around anything.

Make use of the natural resources you have with an outdoor wedding reception and light up trees, bushes and anything else around. 

These look especially cool as the daytime wedding turns to the nighttime reception.

For something more traditional, candles look great and really add to the romantic vibe. Just be wary of wind and have backups so you aren’t left in the dark.

DIY outdoor wedding decoration ideas

Homemade outdoor wedding decoration ideas are quirky and give your wedding a personal touch. It also means you can save money without skipping on the decor.

Have a day with your loved ones where you sit in the garden and make handmade table decorations with a few cocktails enjoying wedding cake.

It’s a really nice pre-wedding activity where everyone can get involved. Raid your store cupboards and charity shops for inspiration. You never know where you might find the perfect treasure!

Here are some of our favourite DIY outdoor wedding decoration ideas!

Utilise spare fabric

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The great thing about outdoor wedding ideas and decorations is that they suit a more ‘homemade’ appearance. 

A fancy 5-star venue requires more polished decor, but you can have more fun with an outdoor venue and include a bright coloured dance floor! 

Use any materials you have, whether it’s silk, patchwork or cloth, and drape them around trees, chairs and tables for an effective look. 

A mix of colours and fabrics looks chic and creates a more rustic atmosphere.

Paper decor

Paper is both cheap and looks great. Get the little ones involved before the wedding and ask them to make decorations. 

Then on the day, you’ll have special reminders of them everywhere. And the kids will love to see the things they’ve made hung up.

Paper wedding decorations are suited to a family-friendly wedding, that is going to be less formal than say, an adult-only extravaganza.

Mason jars

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These handy little jars have risen in popularity after regularly featuring on Instagram and Pinterest. 

They can be utilised in a variety of ways, such as filled with sweets or used as cutlery holders. 

The sky really is the limit with mason jars so grab a few and get creative. You can buy packs of 12 mason jars here.

Mason jars can be used as an accessory to your wedding centrepiece, a vase for flowers or even tealight holders.

Photos & polaroids

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Photos really transform any venue and make them personal. Print out photos of you and your other half throughout the time you’ve been together. 

You could have a corkboard, string them around trees or hang it up inside the marquee if you have one. 

Wedding photos taken on the day with a polaroid camera can add colour to the venue and will really capture the mood of the evening. 

Leave a polaroid camera on each table and let the guests go wild! With numerous cork boards dotted throughout the outdoor wedding venue, you’ll soon start to see some fun and quirky photographs appear. 

Outside wedding decoration ideas concluded

We hope you have enjoyed this article on outdoor wedding decoration ideas. 

No matter which decorations you choose, the natural world will be a stunning setting for your wedding. Obviously, the optimal time will be during the spring and summer months, when the weather is warm but not overly hot. 

It goes without saying that British weather is temperamental, so always have a backup plan in case of turbulent weather or downfalls. If prepared, an outdoor wedding can be really memorable and set the marriage off on a high.

We have given you our top 10 outdoor wedding decorations that we have seen at our venue in Oxford. If you have your own ideas, let us know what they are!

As a quick recap, our top 10 outdoor wedding decoration ideas are:

  1. Hay bales
  2. Coloured china
  3. Neon signs
  4. Floral wedding arches
  5. Balloon wedding arches
  6. Fairy lights
  7. Utilising spare fabric
  8. Paper decor for a child-friendly event
  9. Mason jars
  10. Photos & polaroids

Outdoor weddings at Milton Hill House

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If you’ve just started the wedding planning process and are looking for the perfect venue for your outdoor wedding, look no further than Milton Hill House.

The 22 acres of stunning countryside grounds will be the best ceremony backdrop and set the scene for your fairytale wedding. 

Our team has a wealth of experience which they can draw on to ensure the big day goes off without a hitch. 

We have dedicated coordinators who have intimate knowledge and skills to plan the perfect day. They can also give you even more advice on outdoor wedding decoration ideas that they have sourced over the years.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our team today for further information, queries or to book your wedding day.