Outdoor and rustic weddings.
We love ‘em.  We really do!  And there is no limit to the creative ways people are organizing, decorating and enjoying their outdoor spaces for their weddings. One of the best things about an outdoor or rustic wedding is it allows you to embrace your creativity for a fraction of the cost of most indoor venues.

Here are some simple, yet creative tips to creating your outdoor wedding event.


lighting outdoor rustic wedding
outdoor rustic wedding light

An outdoor wedding can truly bring out the romance and beauty. The easiest, and least expensive, way to produce that aura is to add tiny white lights, and lots of them. Lights add just the perfect amount of ambiance, while also lighting up darker areas of a barn, yard, or other outdoor setting. You can hang the lights everywhere you can think of.  Make sure that you design some way to create an outline of your reception space.

We found so many unique, beautiful and creative lighting ideas to add that magical essence to your wedding day. 

Check them out on Pinterest Wedding Lights.  



outdoor rustic wedding drape

Seriously romantic:

Purchase fabric in bulk in the color of your choice and just start draping it wherever you would like.  It is amazing how this simple touch can add wedding day elegance to any outdoor setting, while bringing the space all together with your chosen colors.  The same fabric will also make a great backdrop to your ceremony.


Photos by Byron Loves Fawn via 100 Layer Cake       Photo via Weddings By Lilly


flowers outdoor rustic wedding

One of the beautiful things about having your wedding outdoors in the nice weather is the abundance of wild flowers at that time of year.  Bunches of flowers placed throughout the outdoor space in fun containers such as watering cans, old buckets, wood containers, shoes, jars, bottles – really, anything you can think of will add instant beauty and whimsy to your space.

outdoor rustic wedding flowerse

Other Creative Outdoor Wedding Ideas:

Sparklers are a fun detail to bring to your outdoor wedding.  They look amazing in photos.  Create magic when you set up a shot where the bride and groom run through the gauntlet of guests with sparklers as they leave their reception.

 Mason Jar Drink Bar:

Choose one or two ‘Signature” drinks. Display the drinks on a rustic setting.  Allow your guests to keep their mason jar glasses as a wedding souvenir .

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outdoor rustic wedding limoncello toast

Limoncello Toast:

For a different kind of toast, we suggest limoncello in the place of champagne.  The bright yellow color adds a sunny flavor to the event.  The lemony-sweet flavor is a delightful change.


Instagram the Fun:

Set up a hashtag so all your guests can share and enjoy the candid shots from your event.


New York System Weiners:

new york system wiener

A fun, and iconic local fare for southern New England.  The locals fondly refer to them as “belly busters”, “gaggers” or “gaggahs” if you pronounce it with a Rhode Island accent, but they’re quite the opposite as people usually consume three or more at one sitting! 


Pig Roast:

When we pull up with our smokers, your guests will know that there is something special going on at your event. Catered Pig Roasts are hugely popular; they’re like an event within an event! The crew will arrive about 6 hours prior to the serving time to set up and start roasting the pig.  Our custom-built, covered cookers are awesome and allow us to cook in any weather. We continuously monitor the cooker, adjusting the temperature, so the pig is roasted to perfection! Guests love to observe this process.


Lobster Bake:

Well, of course, this is one of our favorites.  There seems to be no end to fun ideas to go along with an outdoor lobster bake wedding theme.  Check out some of the ones that we have found on our Lobster Wedding Pinterest Board  https://www.pinterest.com/bandmcateringco/lobster-wedding-bm-catering/


Need more ideas? Check in with Tim or Amanda, our event planning professionals.  They can help you find exactly what you might need for your outdoor wedding.


Check them out on our Pinterest Outdoor Wedding. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/499266308666492281/ or Rustic Wedding https://www.pinterest.com/bandmcateringco/rustic-wedding/ boards.