20 Ways to Decorate a Wedding Ceremony Held Beneath Trees
Arches and backdrops are designed to anchor your ceremony space. Since they're the main design focal point of the area, many couples choose to make theirs unique. From floral iterations to modern, geometric options, there are a myriad of ways to make this element your own. Sometimes, however, nature does all the work for you. If you're tying the knot at an outdoor location and the ceremony will take place beneath a few picturesque trees, you may want to let your natural surroundings act as the backdrop.
That doesn't mean you can't dress up the grove you're exchanging vows in, though. While we agree that trees are pretty all on their own, their presence shouldn't stop you from adding in floral arrangements, linen drapery, or other design elements you love. This setup by Dairing Events used a combination of the two; the pros paired a mix of roses and greenery from Shea Hopely Flowers with a muted piece of blue tulle that hung from one of this tree's branches.
Ahead, you'll see how couples took advantage of the trees at their ceremony locations. Whether you want to add on more natural details like flowers or elegant, glamorous ones like chandeliers, there are plenty of gorgeous ways to upgrade this focal point. And if you want to leave the trees directly behind your service site bare? Frame them by lining your aisle with natural, wild floral arrangements—they'll bring your guests' gaze forward, straight towards the trees. To see all of the options this natural element has to offer your big day, we've rounded up some of our favorite photos from real wedding ceremonies beneath the trees.
If you're tying the knot during the summer, the leaves on your venue's trees will be vibrant and green. To nod to the lush foliage, make sure your floral arrangements have plenty of greenery. Shannon Leahy Events lined this aisle with vibrant mixes from Bows & Arrows. They matched the central arrangement—a dramatic tree wrap, which served as the backdrop to the couple's vows.
For a truly breathtaking and natural display, dress up a low-hanging branch with colorful florals. Hey Gorgeous Events was responsible for the setup seen here. The purple-and-white dahlias and roses appeared as if they were growing right out of the tree.
There are so many ways to adorn tree branches, but we love how Lovelyfest Events draped a long piece of fabric over this one. It was a simple way to transform this tree into a ceremony arch. For a cohesive touch, the pampas grass arrangements from Precious & Blooming were designed to match the material's yellow hue.
In a forest setting, you won't need much to add to the natural environment's grandeur. However, if you do choose to include décor in your outdoor location, tap your florist (in this case, Mindy Rice) to create large floral arrangements for the end of your aisle.
Ceremony in the Round
If you're getting married amongst tall trees, let your surroundings do the talking. Anny Szeto of Anny Flowers Studio kept things simple at this couple's forest nuptials. A small dusting of flower petals down the aisle ensured all eyes were on the newlyweds (and their gorgeous, tree-filled setting!).
Of course, you can customize your ceremony's tree in beautiful ways. We suggest choosing something more natural, like a floral arrangement (this one was created by Holly Heider Chapple) that creeps up one side.
One of the few drawbacks to getting married in the woods is the dirt. To avoid staining your wedding dress, make like the pros at Alison Events and lay down an aisle runner. The light color of this iteration (along with florals from Ariella Chezar) drew everyone's attention to the front of the altar and up at the looming trees.
Afraid a ceremony arch might disrupt your guests' view of their surroundings? Opt for something that will highlight your tree instead. The Little Gray Station tapped Elyssium Blooms to create this floral vine that hung from the tree's branches. It's vibrant magenta and green hues stood out against the light brown bark and made for an eye-catching, but natural arch.
Although your tree-covered ceremony will be romantic enough without any décor at all, you can't go wrong with a few candles. Juniper and Lace Events lined hurricanes of various sizes and candelabras down this aisle. The subtle lighting added a moody vibe to the location's rain-soaked path.
By keeping your decorations to a minimum, you won't sacrifice the natural beauty (and history) of the tree at your ceremony. To pay homage to this oak tree, which has been on the Aldredge House's property for years, this bride decided against a ton of ceremony décor, opting for a crawling pink flower vine, instead.
Shade is a major benefit of hosting your ceremony beneath a few trees—but you (and your guests) will be wowed when a little sunlight peeks through their leaves and branches. At this service, the sun provided a natural spotlight on the couple and illuminated their ceremony arch by Coastside Couture and Seascape Flowers.
You can never have too many natural elements in your outdoor ceremony. That's why we think you should fill your aisle with as many florals as possible. Take note from Lovely Time and line your woodsy space with wild arrangements (these were from Michelle Lywood) to make your forest venue feel even more overgrown.
Sometimes, bringing inside elements (like a chandelier) into your outdoor wedding has beautiful results. That's exactly what Bundle Bride did at this couple's ceremony. The pros hung the elegant light fixture from this tree's branches and finished off the elevated look with a floral garland from Agave Estates.
Bed of Roses
If you're tying the knot at the feet of multiple trees, create a unique canopy by threading one long piece of cloth through their branches, à la this display by Kickstand Events. The white material also referenced the creamy florals seen throughout the outdoor service.