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Roundup: 20 Amazing DIY Outdoor Wedding Ideas

by on Jul 18, 2017

It’s no secret that we all love DIY around here, especially when it comes to home improvements and decor. But there are plenty of other categories to cover when it comes to how-to projects. So today I’ll be focusing on a realm that we haven’t delved much into before: weddings. This roundup of DIY outdoor wedding ideas covers everything from outdoor lighting projects and unusual centerpieces to thoughtfully handmade photo booth backdrops and DIY ceremony arches. There’s even a driftwood candelabra.   


statement accent wall for a photo booth at an outdoor weddingAnnie McElwain

1. Surprise guests with a statement accent wall or photo booth backdrop that is made with rolled up pieces of paper. You could even use chicken wire to keep the paper in place if you don’t want to glue everything.

DIY rustic wood chandelierCapitol Romance

2. Create a rustic DIY wood chandelier with this tutorial from Capitol Romance.

color geometric table decorSarah Park

3. Create a colorful geometric table runner that is perfect for indoors or out.

Fancy table runner on top of table next to lace inspired candle holders.

4. Chain together a whole lot of oysters with this stunning oyster table runner.

5. And create ambience for your outdoor receiption once the sun goes down with this pretty hurricane candle DIY.

A woman using a broom handle to break a cake pinata.Brittany Watson Jepsen

6. Add some fun and whimsy to your big day with a DIY cake pinata customized to your wedding colors. With a few adjustments, this outdoor wedding DIY idea could be transformed into a card box for the gift table, as well.


Man and woman in wedding attire kissing in front of painted backdrop.

7. Learn how to make a whole lot of streamers to create a festive backdrop for your first dance.

8. Make a giant escort card display board that adds to the decor, while being functional.

A wooden table that has deserts and other things on it.Jeff Loves Jessica for Ruffled

9. Create a fringed scallop backdrop to draw attention to the dessert tables.

Triangular flags on a string hanging from a tree next to a ribbon archway by a bush.

10. Running out of outdoor wedding ideas for a space with a lot of trees? Decorate low-lying tree limbs with strands of this decorative favor garland. After the party is over, guests can pop a favor bag off the garland to take home.

11. Ask bridesmaids to help you forage for greenery and a little bit of fabric to make a romantic ceremony alter like this one.

Four white chairs sit at a wooden table.She-n-He Photography

12. Make crepe paper magnolias to add to greenery for a table runner / centerpiece that is a mix of real and faux.

Vase of flowers with candles in front of plates with place settings.Leo Patrone

13. Hang tiny glass candle holders to a fallen branch for a hanging decorative focal point perfect for the head table.

White wire globe decorations for a wedding.Wednesday Inc

14. Create a cool string chandelier to use as a decoration over outdoor tables at the reception.

A candelabra made of driftwood.Kristen Julia

15. Reuse a piece of driftwood to create a hanging DIY candelabra.

Several ideas for decorating a wedding are being shown.

16. Reuse antique birdcages to create unique centerpieces at your reception, that can be adorned with colorful, seasonal flowers and linens.

17. Make these cheerful hanging lanterns from a string of lights and paper bags.

Two people holding foam fingers with team names on them.Ashley Rose

18. Create a giant paper flower backdrop for guests to take photos. 

A family dressed in white picnicking under a tree.Justin Michau

19. Hang strands of outdoor bulb lights under a tree for a more intimate, room-like feel on your big day.

Two people walk through vertically hanging streamers at an outdoor event.Brittany Dow

20. Hang a rope from one tree to the next and then tie long strands of ribbons to the rope, like this, for a decorative touch that gives the outdoors a little more warmth during the reception or ceremony.



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  1. That Geometric table runner is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! We want and outdoor wedding, but we didn’t want it to go all rustic. Having a modern outdoor wedding is the goal! Were those handmade, or did you buy them somewhere? I might even use that to decorate our house after the wedding, depending on what colors we choose!