20 Outdoor Ceremonies That Will Make You Rethink Your Venue

Be inspired by these delightful alfresco weddings in the great outdoors.

From lawn ceremonies overlooking the ocean to magical garden weddings beneath towering trees, there are a variety of locations, such as hotels and resorts, that offer striking locations for your alfresco celebration.

Photo: Elizabeth Messina

Many couples choose to say "I do" in a church for traditional reasons, or weather or preference may permit another indoor space to be selected for the ceremony venue. If you're thinking about having your service indoors, the collection of 20 outdoor wedding ceremonies, below, may make you rethink your venue. Whether your wedding theme is classic, bohemian, beachy, rustic, or glam, an outdoor ceremony venue will provide natural scenery to offer an impeccable canvas for your décor.

From lawn ceremonies overlooking the ocean to magical garden weddings beneath towering trees, there are a variety of locations, such as hotels and resorts, that offer striking locations for your alfresco celebration. Backyard wedding ceremonies are also lovely if you're willing to turn a home into a venue – just be aware of the preparations necessary. Other outdoor ceremony venues include rooftops overlooking the city, poolside locales, and even piers or lakefront properties. 

Take a look at the inspiring wedding ceremonies from real weddings, below, to see if they motivate you to choose an outdoor wedding venue. If you fall in love with a particular ceremony, click on the image to see more photos from the celebration!

Montage Laguna Beach outdoor ceremony
Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography; Event Design by White Lilac Inc.; From Real Wedding: Chic White, Blush & Gold Seaside Wedding at Montage Laguna Beach

Outdoor garden ceremony under tree
Photo by Caroline Tran; From Real Wedding: Magical Garden Ceremony & Tented Reception with Chic French Theme

outdoor wedding ceremony in the santa monica mountains canyon views
Photo by Michael Segal Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Alfresco Wedding with a Rosé-Inspired Palette at a Ranch in Malibu

Bride and groom ceremony under oak tree
Photo by Braedon Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Elegant Celebration a Ranch in Bakersfield, California

Green Greystone Mansion wedding ceremony
Photo by Marc Royce; From Real Wedding: Mötley Crüe Member Nikki Sixx's Marie Antoinette-Inspired Wedding

White beach wedding ceremony
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden; From Real Wedding: All-White Wedding at a Beach Club in Santa Monica, California

outdoor wedding ceremony in the hudson valley new york pretty views
Photo by Roey Yohai Studios; From Real Wedding: Romantic New York Real Wedding with an Upscale Summer Camp Feel

outdoor wedding ceremony sunset bay with personalized aisle runner
Photo by Binaryflips Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; From Real Wedding: Bayfront Ceremony & Garden Courtyard Reception in Sarasota, Florida

Beverly Hills outdoor garden wedding ceremony
Photo by Callaway Gable; Planning & Design by Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events; From Real Wedding: Sunset Ceremony & Neutral-Toned Ballroom Reception in Beverly Hills

Wedding ceremony on pier
Photo by Adam Barnes; Floral Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; From Real Wedding: Rustic-Inspired Waterfront Wedding in Small Town Maryland

Brittney Palmer wedding ceremony
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; From Real Wedding: UFC Octagon Girl Brittney Palmer's Sparkling Oceanfront Wedding

outdoor wedding ceremony in seattle pretty garden backyard setting
Photo by Sam & Sola Lee Photography; From Real Wedding: Modern Outdoor Ceremony & Tent Reception in Seattle on Puget Sound

Poolside ceremony in Santa Monica
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events; From Real Wedding: Santa Monica Poolside Wedding with a Modern Tropical Feel

Lakefront wedding ceremony
Photo by Michael Carr Photography; Planning & Design by Ann Whittington, Event Planner; From Real Wedding: Romantic Lakefront Ceremony & Elegant Tented Reception in Texas

Bride and groom at beach wedding
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Floral & Event Design by White Lilac Inc.; From Real Wedding: Elegant Summer Beach Wedding in Southern California

Bride and groom at Malibu wedding ceremony
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Ethereal Garden-Inspired Morning Ceremony & Alfresco Brunch

Green outdoor wedding ceremony
Photo by Karlisch Studio; From Real Wedding: Southern-Chic Wedding in Oklahoma with a Performance by Boyz II Men

wedding ceremony outdoor ocean view pastel color palette
Photo by Ashley Paige Photography; From Real Wedding: Romantic Ocean-View Ceremony & Charming Reception in California

outdoor wedding ceremony at spanish style ranch courtyard
Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Ceremony & Reception with Bright Color Palette at LA Ranch

outdoor wedding ceremony rooftop city wedding new york
Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography; From Real Wedding: Rooftop Ceremony & Glam Reception with Chic Blooms in New York City

Get more ideas from real weddings in our wedding photo galleries, which feature hundreds of inspiring wedding ceremony images! And if you're currently planning your wedding, find respected wedding vendors in our wedding vendor and venue directory.