If you're marrying in a destination known for warm weather, such as California, Florida, or Mexico, and your venue boasts spectacular views, the last thing you'll want to do is cover the reception with a tent. And truly, is there anything more romantic than celebrating with loved ones under a beautiful starry sky illuminated by candles and fairy lights?
Let the scenery and weather shine by hosting a reception dinner outdoors, unobstructed by a tent. The gorgeous receptions below demonstrate the creative décor possibilities – see receptions held in the courtyard of a Spanish-style resort, a dinner in the backyard of a Malibu estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and a single long table that boasts views of a Florida lake.
As with any outdoor wedding, ensure you have a firm back-up plan in case the weather doesn't cooperate. Lighting, too, is key. Consider candles, chandeliers suspended from trees, string lights, spotlights, and lanterns. Click on the location listed for each photo below to learn the secrets of how each wedding came together!
Photo by KT Merry Photography
Photo by Jana Williams Photography
Santa Barbara, California
Photo by Kris Kan
Photo by Vue Photography
Paso Robles, California
Photo by Jerry Hayes Photography
Monte Verde, Florida
Photo by Regina Hyman Photography
Photo by Amy & Stuart Photography
Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
Pacific Palisades, California
Photo by Daniel Kincaid
New York, New York
Photo by Roey Yohai Photography