25 Best Outdoor Wedding Ideas on a Budget for a Great Event

25 Best Outdoor Wedding Ideas on a Budget for a Great Event
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Introduction to Outdoor Wedding Ideas on a Budget

When we think about weddings, the first thing that often comes to mind is a grand and lavish celebration with no expense spared. However, not everyone has the financial means to have such a wedding. But fear not with my outdoor wedding ideas on a budget, you can have a beautiful outdoor wedding.

The Appeal of an Outdoor Wedding

Couples who want a wedding full of natural beauty and rustic charm, but don’t want to pay top dollar for it might consider a wedding outside.

The outdoors provides couples with so many different flexible options that are both beautiful and affordable, making it the perfect choice for any budget-conscious couple looking to host their wedding ceremony affordably.

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The Importance of Budget-Friendly Planning

A wedding in the great outdoors can be both stunning and budget-friendly. A wedding budget doesn’t have to limit your dream wedding.

By sticking to a budget, you can still create a magical and memorable celebration that reflects your style and personality.

A wedding planner can also be a valuable resource in helping you stay within your budget and the planning process.

Outdoor Wedding Venues

Choosing the right outdoor wedding venue is crucial when planning a budget-friendly wedding.

Various Outdoor Venue Options

There are numerous affordable outdoor venue options to choose from, depending on your style and preferences.

Here are some options:

1) Public Park or Garden Wedding

State and national parks or gardens are ideal for couples on a tight budget. They often offer affordable rental fees and beautiful natural surroundings.

a bride and groom are sitting on a park bench and kissing - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Many public parks have designated areas for events such as weddings. You can set up chairs and decorations to create your desired atmosphere.

a bride and groom are holding hands and walking through a garden

2) Beaches or Lakesides

If you are dreaming of a beach or lakeside wedding, consider booking a public beach or park area.

This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, while still providing a stunning waterfront backdrop for your ceremony and reception.

3) Backyard Wedding or Private Property

For a more intimate and personalized setting, consider having a backyard wedding in your own backyard or on private property. Ask friends or family members if they have a spacious yard that can accommodate your guests.

DIY Wedding Decor

Another way to cut costs on your wedding is by combining DIY outdoor wedding decorations and natural elements to go with your wedding theme.

wild flowers are in jars sitting on a round wood slice - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

4) Explore Cost-Effective and Creative DIY Decoration Ideas

There are plenty of DIY choices that can be both cost-effective and creative for outdoor weddings. Your local dollar store or craft store may have affordable options for decorations.

You can choose a rustic vibe with a bohemian theme with a floral backdrop made from wildflowers. A beach-themed wedding can use seashells and driftwood.

a lantern, seastar, and sea shell - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

A wedding arch made from branches and draped with flowers or fabric can create a romantic ceremony backdrop.

For centerpieces, you can collect pinecones, seashells, or rocks and arrange them in decorative vases or mason jars for an inexpensive yet unique touch.

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5) Use of Outdoor Lighting

The use of outdoor lighting, such as string lights, candles, or paper lanterns, can enhance the ambiance and create an enchanting atmosphere for your special day.

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Imagine walking down a luminous aisle lined with glowing candles or dancing under a canopy of twinkling lights as the stars shine overhead.

These simple and affordable lighting ideas can make a big impact on the overall look and feel of your wedding while providing an intimate setting that you and your guests will cherish for years to come.

Thrifty Furniture

There are thrifty options available that can provide a chic and comfortable setting for your guests.

6) Ideas for Budget-Friendly Furniture

Opt for budget-friendly furniture to save money.

Looking in your local thrift stores and flea markets for vintage finds can be a great way to find unique pieces at affordable prices.

Consider using mismatched chairs or benches for a rustic feel, or repurposing items like wooden crates or barrels as tables.

Hay Bales can also make for a cozy and affordable seating option for outdoor weddings.

a wedding reception set up with hay bales - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

You could also look into chair rentals or borrowing furniture from friends and family to save on costs.

Affordable Catering Options

Food is an important aspect of any wedding, but it can also be one of the biggest expenses.

7) Budget-Friendly Catering Ideas

Preparing for your outdoor wedding day can be costly, but it doesn’t have to be if you’re mindful of your catering options.

Catering companies are great but can come at a high price. Other options are much more budget-friendly.

Here are some ideas:

  • 8) Buffet-style meals: Opting for a buffet-style meal instead of a plated dinner can save on costs.
  • 9) DIY catering: If you or someone in your family is skilled in the kitchen, consider preparing the food yourselves.
  • 10) Dessert-only wedding reception: Set up a dessert table with a variety of treats instead of serving a full meal. This can be more affordable and allows guests to satisfy their sweet tooth.
lots of different desserts set up on a table - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget
  • 11) Food truck: Hire a food truck or two to provide the food for your wedding.
  • 12) Another way to save money is to opt for a small cutting cake instead of a traditional many-tiered wedding cake.

Seasonal and Local Flowers

When it comes to outdoor weddings, incorporating seasonal and local flowers is not only an inexpensive option but also an eco-friendly one.

13) The Use of Seasonal and Locally Sourced Flowers

One fabulous idea to save money on wedding costs is to incorporate seasonal and locally sourced flowers into your wedding flowers.

By choosing blooms that are in season and grown nearby, you won’t have to pay steep prices for exotic flowers that need to be shipped from far away.

14) Using Potted Plants or Wildflowers

Potted plants and wildflowers are not only beautiful and unique, but they can also be much more affordable than ordering fancy floral arrangements. Plus, when the party’s over, you can take those potted plants home and enjoy them for years to come!

a bride is holding a bouquet of wild flowers - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Afordable Attire

In addition to venue and decor, another major expense for weddings is often the attire and accessories.

15) Affordable Wedding Attire for the Bride

Planning an inexpensive outside wedding can be daunting, but don’t let pricey wedding attire and accessories put a damper on your big day. Finding the perfect outfit that is both inexpensive and suitable for an outdoor setting can be a challenge, but it’s not impossible.

Consider shopping second-hand stores or online retailers for gently used or discounted dresses, suits, and accessories. My one daughter got a beautiful designer dress on E-bay for a fraction of the original cost.

Another great option is to buy or rent clothing that can be repurposed after the wedding, like a versatile sundress or a classic suit.

a woman wearing a white sundress - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

16) Inexpensive Options for Bridal Party Attire

Consider browsing online marketplaces for second-hand dresses and suits or opting for mix and match styles for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.

You could also add a personal touch by creating your own accessories or opting for statement pieces that can be worn beyond the wedding day.

someone with an elaborate hair accessory - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Creative Entertainment Ideas

Outside weddings offer a unique opportunity to incorporate creative and fun entertainment options for your wedding guests.

17) Affordable Entertainment Options for an Outdoor Wedding

When it comes to entertainment at your outdoor wedding reception, don’t think you have to break the bank to keep your guests happy and entertained. Instead of hiring a live band or DJ, opt for a DIY playlist that you can set up and play through a sound system.

bride and groom dancing under a tent - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

You can create a dance floor using pieces of plywood and some paint.

You can even create your lawn games like cornhole or giant Jenga to keep guests entertained.

Another good idea is to set up a photo booth area with props and a Polaroid camera for guests to take their own wedding photos.

Weather-Proofing and Backup Plans

While outdoor weddings can offer stunning views and a unique atmosphere, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of inclement weather.

18) Tips for Preparing for Potential Weather Challenges

Your outside wedding can be absolutely beautiful and unforgettable, but unpredictable weather can quickly ruin your plans if you don’t prepare. When planning your big day, it’s important to have a backup plan in case of rain, wind, or other inclement conditions.

Consider choosing a venue that has indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing you to have the best of both worlds without sacrificing your vision. With some careful planning, you can have the outdoor wedding of your dreams, come rain or shine.

Even though I planned for an outside park wedding, I had a church lined up. I’m glad I did because it rained heavily the night before my wedding. We needed to use the church for our ceremony.

Affordable tent or canopy rentals are another option for preparing in case of rain.

a table and chairs under a tent - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Affordable Photography

Photography is an essential aspect of any wedding, capturing the special moments and memories that you’ll treasure for a lifetime. However, professional photographers can come with a hefty price tag that may not align with your finances.

Don’t worry, there are still plenty of inexpensive ways to capture beautiful photos.

Here are some options:

  • 19) Hire a photography student or amateur photographer who is looking to build their portfolio. They may be more willing to negotiate a lower rate for their services.
  • 20) Reach out to family and friends who have a passion for photography. See if they would be willing to take on the role of wedding photographer as their wedding gift to you.
  • 21) Use photo-sharing apps or websites that allow guests to upload and share their photos from the wedding. This can be a great way to get a variety of perspectives and memories captured without hiring a professional photographer.
a bride and groom are having lots of people taking their picture with cell phones - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget
  • 22) Find photographers who offer discounted packages for shorter hours or smaller weddings.
  • 23) Consider hiring a videographer and using stills from the footage as your photos.
someone is videoing - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget
  • 24) Utilize disposable cameras for guests to take candid shots throughout the event. This can create a fun, nostalgic feel to your photos and capture moments that may have otherwise been missed.

25) Time of Year Consideration

The time of year can also play a role in the cost of a wedding. Plan your wedding around peak wedding season when rates will be lower and vendors may be more willing to negotiate prices.

a bride and groom are outside on a winter day - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Alternatively, consider a weekday wedding date for even more savings. Bride Box has good information concerning picking out a date to cut costs.

Conclusion of Outdoor Wedding Ideas on a Budget

In conclusion, planning an outdoor wedding can be a daunting task. With careful preparations, you can create a beautiful and unforgettable low-budget wedding with my outdoor wedding ideas on a budget.

A bride and groom are walking on an autumn day - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

Key Points Discussed in the Blog Post

With these important considerations and strategies in mind, outdoor weddings are becoming increasingly popular and unique. Explore your options in each mentioned area to ensure you cover all bases for your special day.

From venue selection to entertainment ideas and everything in between, you’re sure to find ways to turn your dream outside wedding into a reality at any budget level.

A bride and groom and guests are sitting at a table outside - outdoor wedding ideas on a budget

The Allure of an Outdoor Wedding on a Budget

Not only are outdoor weddings affordable, they also offer a unique and memorable experience for both the couple and their guests.

Nature’s beauty surrounding you can add an extra touch of magic to your special day. With careful planning and consideration, an outside wedding can be just as elegant and beautiful as any indoor venue.

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Encouragement to Plan Your dream Outdoor Inexpensive Wedding

With these outdoor wedding ideas on a budget, you can plan a stunning and unforgettable ceremony that reflects who you are as a couple.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and make use of natural elements to add a personal touch to your special day. Your dream outside wedding is within reach – start planning now and make it a reality!

Happy planning and congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!


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      1. oh, these are great ideas. I wish I had come across your site three years ago. We wanted an outdoor wedding but instead chose an indoor venue. It was still beautiful, but I love rustic, outdoor weddings.

        1. I wanted an outdoor wedding too, Tiffany, but it rained the night before my wedding and we had to hold the ceremony in the church we used as a back-up. I was able to have my reception outside, but it was still a little muddy.

      2. Such great ideas! I will have to save this post for when I get married! I love the idea of having an outdoor wedding

      3. Aw, it is such a cute post! I’m already married, but we had a frugal wedding too. We may have a “second wedding” for our 10th anniversary in two years. I think it will be fun!

      4. I’m 100 % a backyard garden wedding kinda girly! Especially with beautiful fairy lights hung up everywhere. Thank you for putting this together 🙂

      5. These are such lovely ideas for a budget-friendly outdoor wedding. I was very lucky to be married outside – the event was perfect!

        1. I’m so glad you had a perfect wedding, Debbie! I didn’t get to have my ceremony outside as planned because it rained the night before, but I did get to have the reception outside under a big tent.

      6. I love having an outdoor wedding but I think it’s nice if you have a place to go inside as an option too. Great post.

      7. I would have definitely done a beach wedding but at the time I got married 22 years ago, that was not an option for me.
        These are all fantastic tips that I am sure will be very helpful for many of your readers.

      8. Such a great idea to share a blog post on this subject. Not everyone has the funds to go full out

      9. I love these suggestions for weddings. Having a backup plan sounds like a good idea, although the difficulty of moving people from one place to another quickly would be rough.

      10. What a fantastic guide to outdoor weddings on a budget! 💍 These ideas are not only practical but also incredibly inspiring. I especially love the suggestion to incorporate DIY decorations and seasonal flowers for a personal touch. Thanks for sharing these tips!

      11. An outdoor wedding is such a beautiful option. Plus, you can’t go wrong with including nature and its surrounding. But I agree that having a backup plan is also equally important. I had my son’s birthday party last year and it was outdoors. I just about cried when the wind was almost 20 mph on that day! 🙁

        Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

        1. The night before my wedding it rained and we had to use the local community church which we had as a backup.

      12. You have given a great compilation from the venue, cutting the cake, attire, flowers, to time of the year consideration. I wouldn’t have thought to factor that last one if I was doing wedding on a budget. Great ideas you have here!

      13. I would love to have an outdoor wedding! Of course, saving money wherever possible (while also having a beautiful event) is also super important.

      14. My wedding will definitely be an outdoor and budget-friendly one. I like that the that the outdoors makes it more creative.

      15. I love an outdoor wedding because of the natural lighting and great background in the photos! Thanks a lot for the great ideas and if I have a friend who needs some idea, I know what to do now 😛

      16. I haven’t really tried a dessert-only wedding reception but I think it’s brilliant. I think we can never go wrong with sweets and lots of wine. 🙂

        Thank you for bringing up the need for backup plans. I mean we should always be prepare with potential weather challenges.

      17. Getting married outside is my dream. LOVE the idea of a dessert only reception that is right up my alley.

      18. For sure this list of ideas is necessary to young couples. The ideas are truly good!

      19. Oh, the idea of an outdoor wedding is so dreamy! If I were to do it all over again, this would be the way to go.

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