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How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods

Planning a woodland wedding? You’ll need this — it’s chock-full of rustic details, along with other themes to inspire you.

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

(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. It is 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

diy woodland wedding invitation

by wood & grain

diy woodland wedding invitation

by wood & grain

Cake Topper, Rustic-Inspired

Make sure your cake is finished with a nature-inspired topper, like this twig topper by The Original Twig.

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!


Secret Message Jewelry

Happy Monday! We hope you had a beautiful, restful weekend. We’re back at it today with so much to share with you… so, let’s get started, shall we? When it comes to wedding rings we recommend two key elements: order it handmade and get it engraved. Since there are few gifts more sentimental than a wedding ring, it ought to be custom made just for you. And, nothing says custom quite like a secret message! Today we’re showcasing secret message jewelry by Magic In The Grass. You can surprise your honey with a nickname, inside joke, funny message or your wedding date on the inside. Here’s an example of a ring that has a custom message on the inside:

secret message jewelry

Or, perhaps you want to share “your song” with the world onto a wide band ring with custom song lyrics stamped right on top of it. For example, this ring showcases Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight” with the following lyrics:


secret message jewelry

If you’re looking to add a full line onto another piece of jewelry… say, a custom bangle, here’s a perfect example:

secret message jewelry

This bangle uses the line from “Piece of My Heart” with …


… which was originally by Erma Franklin (1967) but made popular in 1968 by Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin. (A classic!)

Secret message jewelry makes a great gift for your spouse-to-be or your bridesmaids (think of that silly song you used to sing at the top of your lungs in the car or jam out to before class). Ah, sweet memories!

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