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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.

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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.

Outdoor garden ceremony under tree
Photo by Caroline Tran

outdoor wedding ceremony in the santa monica mountains canyon views
Photo by Michael Segal Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

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

Green Greystone Mansion wedding ceremony
Photo by Marc Royce; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers

White beach wedding ceremony
Photo by Yvette Roman Photography; Floral Design by The Hidden Garden

outdoor wedding ceremony in the hudson valley new york pretty views
Photo by Roey Yohai Studios

outdoor wedding ceremony sunset bay with personalized aisle runner
Photo by Binaryflips Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company

Beverly Hills outdoor garden wedding ceremony
Photo by Callaway Gable; Planning & Design by Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events; Rentals by Revelry Event Designers; Venue: Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Wedding ceremony on pier
Photo by Adam Barnes; Floral Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design

Brittney Palmer wedding ceremony
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography; Planning & Design by Bluebell EventsRentals by Revelry Event Designers

outdoor wedding ceremony in seattle pretty garden backyard setting
Photo by Sam & Sola Lee Photography; Planning & Design by Callista & Company

Poolside ceremony in Santa Monica
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Aisle Runner by The Original Runner Company; Planning & Design by Bluebell Events

Lakefront wedding ceremony
Photo by Michael Carr Photography; Planning & Design by Ann Whittington, Event Planner

Bride and groom at beach wedding
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; Floral & Event Design by White Lilac Inc.

Bride and groom at Malibu wedding ceremony
Photo by Elizabeth Messina; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party ConsultantsRentals by Revelry Event Designers

Green outdoor wedding ceremony
Photo by Karlisch Studio

wedding ceremony outdoor ocean view pastel color palette
Photo by Ashley Paige Photography; Floral Design by Flowers by Cina; Guest Seating by Chameleon Chair Collection

outdoor wedding ceremony at spanish style ranch courtyard
Photo by Jodee Debes Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

outdoor wedding ceremony rooftop city wedding new york
Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography

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