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How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods

Posted March 22, 2012 | 18 Comments

Do you dream of a wedding in the woods, exchanging vows underneath trees and enjoying a reception off the beaten path? Today’s woodland wedding inspiration post is for you! A wedding in the woods is a romantic venue; nature is beauty in itself and makes a perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. And, your friend Mother Nature will take care of most of the decorating herself, which means all you have to do is add a few unique touches to make the space your own! It requires a bit more in terms of setup for catering and seating, but we think the result is well worth the extra work. Read on to find out how to plan a chic wedding in the woods with hand-picked inspiration including handmade wedding items & Real Wedding examples from real couples like you! Enjoy!

Does it get more beautiful than this?

wedding in the woods

photo credit: our labor of love via elizabeth anne designs

Wedding in the Woods

A Crazy Beautiful Ceremony Location

Nature is already beautiful, so the ceremony location ought to be easy to spot. Make sure it’s open and large enough for guests to sit comfortably. Then, design your ceremony space where you’ll recite your vows.

wedding in the woods

photo credit: twin hearts photography via project wedding

wedding in the woods

photo credit: twin hearts photography via project wedding

wedding in the woods

photo credit: amy & stuart photography via style me pretty

wedding in the woods

photo credit: jessica velarde via hifi weddings

wedding in the woods

photo credit: jodi and kurt of jodi miller photography via green wedding shoes

A Place for Guests to Relax

To make the space more enjoyable for guests, provide plenty of seating (the more comfortable, the better!) with eclectic chairs, vintage couches, and more. While not entirely practical (I’m imagining myself dragging couches out into the woods), it certainly makes for a memorable event.

wedding in the woods

photo credit: twin hearts photography via project wedding

The most important element for guests is a comfortable, roomy space to enjoy dinner and take in the breathtaking views.

wedding in the woods

photo credit: twin hearts photography via project wedding

wedding seating reception in the woods

photo credit: jose villa, flowers by flower wild events, styled by rebecca stone of duet weddings, lighting by bella vista designs via once wed

Nature-Inspired Wedding Rings

One way to tie in your woodland wedding theme after the “I Do” is with a nature inspired wedding ring. Whenever you admire the band, you’ll recall your beautiful day. This band with leaf imprints is our favorite for the groom, handmade by Magic in the Grass

leaf wedding rings

for him: by magic in the grass

… with this band which is one of our favorites for the bride, handmade by Kristin Coffin:

nature wedding ring

for her: by kristin coffin

(P.S. Don’t forget the matching earrings with a twig design, also by Kristin Coffin:)

twig earrings

by kristin coffin

Woodland Wedding Invitations

The best way to inspire your creativity from the start is with a woodland wedding invitation suite. This suite was a DIY by Wood and Grain spotted at Oh So Beautiful Paper and it’s one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet! It even includes a ‘field guide’ with local trees, plants, and bugs. This is a great way to get your guests excited for the fun party you have planned.

woodland wedding invitations

by wood & grain via oh so beautiful paper

diy woodland wedding invitation

by wood & grain via oh so beautiful paper

diy woodland wedding invitation

by wood & grain via oh so beautiful paper

Cake Topper, Rustic-Inspired

Make sure your cake is topped with a natural find, like this twig topper by Made Merri Shop.

twig cake topper

by made merri shop

Great Bridal Party Apparel

We love the idea of groomsmen in suspenders…

groomsmen in suspenders

photo credit: jordan palmer photography via glamour and grace blog

… and bridesmaids in boots! Too cute.

bridesmaids in boots

photo credit: steven myers photography via charming event

Woodland Wedding Gifts for the Bridal Party

Tie in nature-inspired gifts for the bridal party, like these cuff links by Wooden Treasures

woodland wedding cuff links

by wooden treasures

… and twig earrings for the girls by Sageleaf Jewelry:

bridesmaid twig earrings

by sageleaf jewelry

Simple, Elegant Flowers & Bouquets

Flowers of baby’s breath and lavender are most inviting for a woodland wedding. The lovely Lauren Kinsey styled these beautifully:

baby's breath bouquets

photo credit: lauren kinsey fine art photography + styled by lauren kinsey via style me pretty

Nature-Inspired Decor

Tie in your woodland wedding theme with handmade decor, DIY details, and more!

cupcakes on rustic cake stands

photo credit: gpt photography via bridal musings

wooden cake stand

by sunday hatch

twig table numbers

by paper tiger inc

Sweet Rustic-Inspired Favors

And, be sure to send guests home with a little woodland-inspired love with a rustic wedding favor. We love these jam jars, always a charming homespun favorite…

jam wedding favors

photo credit: steven myers photography via charming event

Must-Have Photos

Don’t forget to spend plenty of time snapping photos in the natural elements! These photos are incredible…

bride in the woods

photo credit: fotoperlas via style me pretty

wedding in the woods

photo credit: fotoperlas via style me pretty

We hope you enjoyed our wedding in the woods inspiration! And don’t forget the bug spray! ;)

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Happy Planning!


-E.






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18 Responses to “How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods”

  1. Atalie Thronson
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I got married in the woods last september and my biggest advice would be to make sure that if you live in the western united states (or are getting married in the west) to have a venue that you can have the wedding both outside and inside. Just in case it rains.
    Also, make sure to hire a REALLY good photographer whose whole career does not depend on how well they take pictures in the light. All of my pictures were darker but amazing and ethereal because I picked a photographer who was good at taking photos in overcast and with darker light

  2. EmmalineBride
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Atalie,

    Thanks for the tips! Those are great points. It’s true about the rain – it’s always great to have a backup plan. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your advice!

    Emma
    Emmaline Bride

  3. Laura
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Awesome post! I was just thinking about rustic wedding in the woods themes and this is all perfect!

  4. Kelli Ahern
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Nothing better than a woodsy wedding! They are amazing and sooooo story book.

  5. Lisa Johnson
    March 22nd, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    Beautiful Wedding! Lovely ideas.

  6. katy
    March 23rd, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    LOVE twin hearts photography! great post :)

  7. Ginny
    March 27th, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    How do you figure out the bathroom situation at these events? I would love to do this, but portolets are just grosse…

  8. EmmalineBride
    March 27th, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    Hi Ginny!

    That is one downfall to the wedding in the woods, but I’ve seen some ‘wedding-friendly’ port-a-potties that are in white and include a sink. You can include a table nearby with some essentials, too, to make guests feel more at home. Not the prettiest idea but it works! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Emma
    Emmaline Bride

  9. RJ Photo Galleries
    March 29th, 2012 @ 12:05 am

    These are great ideas, especially the woods wedding. Something look forward to photograph.

  10. Christine of Louisville Wedding Blog
    April 6th, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    A country inspired romantic wedding is an upcoming 2012 wedding trend. I love the details of the photos you’ve shared. It would truly help brides looking for that earthy natural wedding inspiration.

  11. Taylor
    May 1st, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    so much inspiration in this post!!! I hope I have a wedding to shoot similar to this this summer xoxoxo!!!

  12. Nai
    July 15th, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    If i may ask this is a lovely place to have a wedding and i would love to have my wedding in a place like this. WHere is this place located it at its beautiful?

  13. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    July 24th, 2013 @ 1:36 am

    To anyone still wondering, we found the location of the ceremony in the woods (shown with white poms and burlap runner). It’s the YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, CA. http://www.ymcasv.org/ymcacampcampbell/

  14. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    December 19th, 2013 @ 5:10 pm

    HI Aisha! For a wedding in Minnesota, here are just a few off the top of my head that have a rustic vibe… http://thebarnatdunvilla.com/, http://www.aamodtsapplefarm.com/mn-orchard-weddings/, http://www.fivelakesresort.com/index.php, http://www.dellwoodbarnweddings.com/, and http://www.thefarmonstmathias.com/. Hope it helps! :)

    -E.

  15. Alexis
    May 14th, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

    Hey Emma! I am getting married next summer and it has always been a dream of mine to get married in a forest venue and the camp campbell venue fits exactly what I had envisioned! Unfortunately I live in Texas and attend college in Arkansas. Would you know any similar looking venues in either of those states?

  16. samia
    May 15th, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

    I live in Florida, and cannot seem to find a good woodsy wedding location any ideas?

  17. Emily
    June 20th, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    Hi! I live in Dallas, Texas area and I am having trouble finding a wooded area/venue to host the wedding. Any advice would be awesome!

  18. Emma | Emmaline Bride
    June 20th, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    Hi Emily! What about Nature’s Point on Lake Travis or Centaur Arabian Farms (http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/centaur-arabian-farms-tyler/8925bd5241458106.html) in Tyler?








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