Whimsical + Woodsy: Inspiration for your Forest Wedding
There's something so enchanting about a forest wedding. Towering trees, shady groves, and rustic décor create a magical atmosphere and a one-with-nature experience.
If you're dreaming of a woodsy wedding, we hope you'll be inspired by the verdant yet vibrant details below...
Forest Wedding Ceremony Inspiration
When Mother Nature is your event designer, there's really no need for a lot of additional decoration. Unusual elements like dreamcatchers or natural wreaths woven from twigs and ferns lend some visual interest to the already breathtaking scenery.
For the ceremony pièce de résistance, check out this spellbinding altar. Way to WOW your guests, right? Natasha Lisitsa of Waterlily Pond used 75 "super-heavy" tree stumps and 300 candles to create this masterpiece. (Note the use of hurricane candle holders!) #onlyyoucanpreventforestfires
Woodsy Wedding Style
Forest weddings call for a more natural, bohemian sense of style—leave that poufy ballgown at home! This bride got her forest wedding dress soooo right: An exquisite Inbal Dror wedding gown with long sleeves and delicately tattooed lace.
Her hairstyle is also perfection. A loosely swept updo with a crown of baby's breath. Floral crowns add a touch of whimsy to any wedding look, but for a forest wedding, we especially love the idea of a headpiece made entirely of greenery, such as these olive leaves.
But the bride shouldn't have all the fun. Style your flower girl into a little woodland fairy—complete with wings—and she'll be on cloud 9.
Forest Wedding Flower Ideas
The most gorgeous forest wedding bouquets we've seen are the ones that are beautifully undone. Messy sprigs of silver dollar eucalyptus and big, bold florals like protea and amaryllis stand out next to towering redwoods, pines, or other surrounding trees.
The boutonnières, on the other hand, may be kept more simple. A feathery flower and a few sprigs of berries perfectly fit the natural theme.
Centerpieces that use modern and unusual florals such as lotus pods, succulents, and blushing bride protea can also hold their own against an already striking backdrop.
Or, you may opt to ditch the florals altogether and stick with simplicity, like this moss table runner.
Woodland Wedding Reception Décor
Speaking of tables for your forest wedding, how entrancing is this reception? Long family-style tables are left almost entirely bare, while hanging greenery and florals provide a luxuriant canopy overhead.
Place settings can be kept minimal. A large fern leaf, some rustic berries, and a craft paper tag do the trick.
Forest wedding cakes can go a few different ways. Naked cakes are left unfrosted, exposing the rustic layers within. Chocolate wedding cakes can be rough-iced with buttercream, or have a woodgrain effect carved into the fondant. But our favorite? A simple white wedding cake adorned with woodsy details, like this faux bird's nest.
And our last bit of forest wedding inspiration? Bistro lights. Must have bistro lights.
Looking for the perfect forest wedding location? Find forest venues near you.
Filed under Ceremony, Outdoor, Forest / Woods, Rustic
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