Stunning Ceremony Sites That Don't Need Much Decoration

Whether you're trying to cut costs or not, these locations are absolutely beautiful.

From gorgeous mountain and ocean views, to historic sites and estates, to vineyards and gardens, be inspired by these 10 ceremonies!

Photo: Elizabeth Fogarty

When planning the details of your wedding celebration, one of the main choices you'll make is deciding on a ceremony venue. Some couples have always wanted to get married at their family's church, a ballroom of a hotel they've visited since they were children, or even their own backyard. For those who want to make the ceremony venue the focal point of the celebration, however, it's important to choose a locale with an impressive backdrop or jaw-dropping view. Hosting a ceremony in a location with these attributes will also mean you'll need less décor for the first part of your celebration, as the space itself will exude beauty.

Depending on where you live or where you're planning on tying the knot, the venues that require minimal decoration will vary. We've gathered some examples, below, to help guide and inspire you. If you've always wanted to get married in a church or temple, choose a house of worship that's meaningful to you, but also has beautiful architecture, a picturesque altar, or impressive stained-glass windows. If you have your heart set on an alfresco ceremony, you're in luck: there are a number of spectacular ceremony sites with such lovely surroundings that you won't need to have hundreds of flowers or a towering embellished arbor. Instead, the sparkling sea, a sprawling vineyard, or even the countryside can serve as most of your décor, leaving more of your allocated budget to the reception fare, tablescapes, and entertainment.

From gorgeous mountain and ocean views, to historic sites and estates, to vineyards and gardens, be inspired by the 10 ceremonies, below! To learn more about each celebration, click on your favorite photos!

Outdoor wedding ceremony golden hour helipad malibu mountain canyon views

Photo by Hugh Forte; Bridal Gown by Romona Keveža; Floral Design by Butterfly Floral & Event Design; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

Outdoor wedding ceremony with tall trees countryside

Photo by Adam Barnes; Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier; Floral Design by Amaryllis Floral & Event Design; Linens by Nüage Designs; Planning & Design by SoCo Events

Outdoor wedding ceremony beach and ocean views minimal decoration

Photo by John Cain Photography; Planning & Design by Emily Clarke Events

Outdoor wedding ceremony italy historic site pretty ruins

Photo by Fred Marcus Studio

Bride and groom with dog at outdoor ceremony vineyard wedding ceremony

Photo by Matt Kennedy Photography; Bridal Salon: Carine’s Bridal Atelier

Outdoor wedding ceremony golf course golf club mountain views arizona

Photo by Trevor Dayley; Bridal Gown by Liancarlo

Outdoor wedding ceremony on bluff in italy amalfi coast coastal view

Photo by Sylvie Gil; Bridal Gown by Anne Barge

Wedding ceremony house of worship pretty church ceremony ideas

Photo by Michael Will Photographers; Bridal Gown by Legends Romona Keveža; Floral & Event Design by Joe Mineo Creative

Wedding ceremony outdoor at estate stone grass lawn mansion in atlanta georgia

Photo by Vue Photography; Floral Design by Jackson Durham Events; Linens by Nüage Designs

For more ceremony ideas, discover ways to decorate your aisle, how to choose your wedding music, and view gorgeous chuppahs from Jewish celebrations.