5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding

It may be August, but summer is still in full swing! Take advantage of warm evenings and beautiful sunsets with a picnic with your sweetheart- and all your friends and family! What better way to celebrate summer (and your love) than with a casual picnic reception?

5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

Long gone are the days of cheap plastic picnic tables with ugly red and white checkered tablecloths. Bring in some wooden tables, lawn games, and friends ready to party old-school style, and you’ve got yourself the funnest wedding of the century. Here’s 5 things you need for your picnic wedding afterparty.

A Stunning Venue

One of the most important things to consider for your picnic wedding is the location.  If you’re looking at indoor spaces, this theme might not be for you. However, most places outdoors in a rural setting are perfect! Though the first thing that might pop into your mind when you think of picnics is an open, grassy field, plenty of locations provide the space and atmosphere for a serene and memorable reception. From a sunset dinner on the beach, to a peaceful adventure in the woods, to even your own backyard, your favorite outdoor spot is probably a great place for a picnic.

A Beach Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Karma Kandara}

A Picnic in the Forest- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Sean Flanigan}

A Backyard Picnic Reception- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Samm Blake}

Cozy & Fun Seating

Another fun thing to consider is how to seat your guests! Do you want everyone to sit on picnic blankets on the ground? Will you rent picnic tables? Maybe use an unexpected element like pallets as tables while sitting on blankets or pillows? Your choice of seating determines much of the atmosphere of your party.

Pallet Seating with Blankets and Pillows- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Jessica Bordner Photography}

Take your location and your guests into consideration. A rocky surface might not be comfortable with only blankets as seating and table or chair legs might sink into sand at the beach. If your older or handicapped guests can’t sit on the ground, consider having a combination of tables and picnic blankets.

Fun Picnic Table Seating- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Paige Jones Photography}

A Sweetheart Table That’s Uniquely You

A sweetheart table is a space for just you and your new spouse that overlooks the entire party but still close to your guests. This is one of the elements of your wedding that you can be the most creative with. A theme like bohemian chic can add a bit of eclectic flair to your celebration. See a gorgeous example of this theme on Wedding Chicks here.

Boho Chic Sweetheart Table- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Anne Herbert Photography}

The sweetheart table in this beautiful styled shoot looks like it is straight out of a lush fairytale forest. Dare to be different with a hanging table and you’ll get some stunning results. See this Oregon Coast Wonderland shoot on Style Me Pretty.

Fairytale Hanging Sweetheart Picnic Table- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Cat Dossett}

Or stay grounded with a light canopy draped over a cozy blanket, like in this rustic wedding at Flying Caballos Ranch in San Louis Obispo. This couple kept their sweetheart space united in theme with the rest of their guests’ tables with similar blankets and large tree stumps that function as tables. See this adorable brunch themed picnic reception here.

Sweetheart Table Picnic with Canopy- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Jen Rodriguez}

Fantastic Food

It’s no coincidence that one of the most memorable parts of weddings and picnics is the food served. Whether you have the food prepackaged for your guests in individual packages or group baskets, or serve food buffet style, everyone will enjoy a simple meal in the great outdoors. Check out how one couple served the gourmet picnic meal below to their guests here.

Dinner in a Box Picnic Food- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: The Mullers Food by: Attitude on Food}

Picnic Dessert-5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Jonathan Ong}

Food stations are an easy way for guests to serve themselves at a picnic. Food can be as casual or gourmet as you’d like when served this way. A potluck with dishes brought by close family and friends might be that perfect touch for your picnic. Use unconventional displays for your main meal or dessert for a unique dining experience. See some dessert buffet inspiration from Early Ivy here.

Beautiful Buffet Table for a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

Food Display for a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Laura Moss}

Activities To Party The Night Away

Your picnic wedding reception is almost complete- but not without the evening’s activities! Keep the merriment level high with plenty of music, dancing, and games. Whether your theme is vintage and rustic or modern and funky, there are plenty of games to last the whole night.

Giant Jenga and cornhole are always crowd pleasers, especially when paired with croquet and horseshoes. Classic lawn games are great boredom busters while the happy couple are off taking pictures, but don’t forget the photos of the bride and groom facing off in a fierce game of lawn bowling!

Sack Race at a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Marianne Taylor Photography}

Lawn Bowling at a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: David Long Photography}

Or for the modern couple, host a beer pong tournament!

Beer Pong Rules for a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

Beer Pong at a Picnic Wedding- 5 Things You Need For A Perfect Picnic Wedding on earlyivy.com

{Photo Credit: Dasha Caffrey}

Enjoy the outdoors, a beautiful sunset, some delicious food, and a fantastic party with your friends and family to celebrate your wedding with a perfect picnic reception. A great combination of all these elements are a surefire way to have the wedding reception of a lifetime.

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