Outdoor Wedding Receptions

Outdoor Wedding Receptions

If the climate allows, an outdoor wedding reception is always a great choice. There’s nothing quite so beautiful as getting married in the great outdoors and hosting a wedding reception surrounded by nature, enjoying delicious food as the sun sets and dancing the night away under the stars.  Here we share some inspirational imagery plus useful tips to design your own stunning outdoor wedding.

Look To The Landscape To Inspire Your Outdoor Wedding Reception

Make your wedding reception feel at one with the surroundings by taking inspiration from the colours of the landscape.  Here in the grounds of Ivy Rose Barn, Virginia, Joy Proctor combined the organic feel of the surrounding forest with mushroom-toned table linens, blonde wooden chairs and gold hardware to create an elevated rustic look that feels chic yet relaxed. 

Wedding Reception Table

Keep Your Colours Balanced

Are you familiar with the 60-30-10 rule? You may have heard us talk about it before as a clever decorating concept to easily pull together a balanced colour scheme. Keep it in mind when working with colour, whether for your wedding or home decor, and it’s hard to go wrong. With the table settings here, our 60% is cream and neutrals. It is the dominant colour of our roses Leonora and Eugenie in the floral designs, as well as the seat pads and napkins. The idea is that the 60% anchors the event and serves as a backdrop.

Wedding Table Reception

Our 30% is yellow, the secondary colour with our golden Beatrice and Effie roses along with butterfly ranunculus. The aim is to use half as much as the main colour for the supporting flowers in the bouquets, centrepieces and floral installations. The final 10% is your accent colour (in this case, blue), which can be dotted throughout your wedding to tie the whole look together.

Consider Your Guests' Comfort

The weather can wreak havoc with the best-laid wedding plans so aim to be prepared for every eventuality, with a plan B to move indoors at the very least. At the Ivy Rose Barn, we transitioned smoothly from the outside space to inside. It is also a great idea to reuse your florals in different spaces at the venue if you are celebrating over a number of days.

With guests’ comfort in mind don’t forget some important added details.  In warm climates, guests will appreciate parasols, fans, cold bottled water and plenty of shaded areas, while in cooler climes, consider blankets, patio heaters and warm drinks.

Spring Summer Wedding Reception Table

Create a Statement With Floral Arbours

The Santa Ynez Valley, California, provided the theatrical backdrop to this intimate wedding reception.  A canopy draped in soft linens and festooned with floral garlands had a number of purposes, from providing the ultimate statement; creating ambience as well as shade for wedding guests.  

Play Video about Wedding Table Centrepiece
Outdoor Wedding Reception
Photographer: @jessicamangia_photography

Incorporate Your Wedding Venue Into Your Styling

An italianesque vibe and the soft, muted backdrop at Sunstone Winery helps to showcase David Austin Wedding Roses in a fresh and modern way. This outdoor wedding reception is just one of the gorgeous table settings we created with wedding stylist Joy Proctor and floral designer Bows and Arrows.

Floral Wedding Reception Table

The neutral brickwork of the building was reflected in the table linens and chairs, whilst the rose trees in the centre of each table provided the pops of colour and fragrance. We call these our rose lollipops, which bring a whole new meaning to a table centrepiece!

Wedding Table Idea
Photographer: @jessicamangia_photography


Wedding Roses: David Austin Wedding Roses | David Austin Cut Rose Growers: @alexandrafarms @rosaprimaroses @greenvalleyfloral @agrirose @tambuziroses @vanliernurseries| Planning: @weddingsparrow | Design & Styling: @joyproctor | Florals: @bowsandarrowsflowers | Photography: @lauragordon | Videography: @yeattes_productions | Venue & Rentals: @theivyrosebarn | Hair, Make-up: @annabreeding| Models: Cole – @hihellocole, Kim –  @auntie.kimm, Shelby – @shelbyjean.model | Bridal Gowns: @ouma_bridal, Eisen Stein & Paolo Sebastian via @kinsleyjamescouturebridal , @moniquelhuillierbride via @carinesbridal, @lillie.maecollection | Bridal Shoes: @bellabelleshoes | Floral Assistants: @ademisa.Mx , @MollyMuscaria | Rings & Jewellery: @susiesaltzman  | Event Rentals: @emersonjamesrentals |  Linens: @bbjlatavola | Stationery: @arabellajune / @esperanza.atelier | Candles: @nadiaandco

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