While we love outdoor weddings in any form, a forest wedding will always be one of our favorites—because with towering trees, mossy floors, unruly wildflowers, babbling brooks, what’s not to love?
There’s something intimate and magical about tying the knot and celebrating in the middle of a vast woodland. Plus, the stunning scenery and natural beauty of a forest mean your wedding backdrop is already built-in. Nature has done all the décor work for you!
But, if you do want to add a few statements of your own, there is plenty of inspiration surrounding you. Look to the trees for a dose of rustic—they might inspire your bark-like wedding cake or log-stacked escort cards. Or, if bohemian vibes are more your style, look to the meadows for inspiration. Your wildflower bouquet could be awaiting you right there.
It’s easy to evoke an ethereal feel in a forest wedding, whether your style is chic, boho, or something in between. Look no further than these ideas, and you’ll find yourself in the fairytale wedding of your dreams.
Here are 39 décor ideas for an enchanting forest wedding.
01. Celebrate Nature's Beauty
The best part about a forest wedding is the stunning natural scenery it offers, so take advantage of the towering trees and mossy forest floor with a sure-to-be jaw-dropping photoshoot. Pro tip: Taking photos in your wedding location will help to set the scene in your wedding photo gallery.
02. Set the Tone With Your Invites
Planning a forest affair? Go ahead and tease the scene on your invitation suite. The classic vibe on this set gets a watercolor facelift with a pine and birch tree illustration. We love the idea of tailoring the illustration to your wedding venue, whether you're gathering in a forest of palm, pine, or birch trees.
03. Welcome Guests with Water Bottles
Embrace the theme by putting together the ultimate forest welcome package for guests. Here, reusable water bottles decorated with Aspen trees ane bags of trail mix are the perfect ode to the outdoors—plus, they'll keep guests energized while exploring the grounds.
04. Embrace the Season
Depending on when you get married, your forest wedding may not be lush and green—but that doesn’t mean it still can’t be magical. With bare trees and fallen leaves sprinkling the ground with gold, an autumnal wedding holds its own kind of beauty. As this bride proves, it makes for a great photo backdrop.
05. Make a Fashion Statement
Like many outdoor weddings, forest nuptials can easily take on a laid-back spirit. You can juxtapose that casual aspect in your photos with a more traditional dress. Have your ‘maids fluff out that stunner of a train to make a statement.
06. Consider a Neutral Suit
Have your groom play up the earthy tones of the forest with his suit. Tan, taupe, or brown—any neutral shade will do. This groom wore a brown Todd Snyder suit, which perfectly complemented the natural California surroundings.
08. Incorporate Local Foliage
To that point: Let the environment inspire your choice of flowers and foliage, as this bride did by incorporating fern into her lush bouquet of hellebores, honeysuckle, and clematis, and spirea.
09. Select a Vibrant Accent Color
One way you can make your forest photos pop is with a richly hued bouquet. This bride’s sculptural bouquet of anthurium, peonies, orchids, garden roses, and hand-painted palms in burgundy tones stands out against a white dress and sea of green.
10. Add Romantic Touches
While garden roses may not be an obvious choice for a forest wedding, that doesn't mean you have to shy away from them. Incorporate a touch of the setting by bringing forest ferns into your bouquet, then add vines for an organic bouquet that looks like it was just gathered from the forest.
11. Consider a Neutral Palette
Keep with nature and go for a neutral palette that evokes the hues of the pine-strewn floor and bark-covered trees. Black, white, and brown is a proven recipe for a clean and minimalist style. This couple achieved such a palette with a vintage suitcase filled with cones—fashioned out of book pages!—filled with white rose petals.
12. Look for a Forest Chapel
When searching for a venue, consider looking for one with an outdoor chapel like this one—complete with a wooden altar platform and matching pews that give a nod to the woods around them. In this ceremony, the redwood grove acts as the focal point of the wedding backdrop, practically no décor required.
13. Find a Clearing
Having your ceremony in the midst of the trees can create a mystical ambiance, but exchanging vows in a clearing holds a beauty of its own. There’s just something intimate about being framed in an open space by tall pines.
15. Marry in the Round
One of the appeals of a forest wedding is the warm, private feel it creates among the seclusion of colossal trees. Enhance that feeling by marrying in the round. Arrange seating in two semi-circles framed by two curves of greenery to create a circular space. This bride felt that the setup allowed them to stand among their guests rather than in front of them.
16. Mark the Ceremony Entrance
This bride looked to the natural colors of the California redwood grove for her wedding palette, which comes alive in the entrance to her ceremony. Mark your aisles with thick foliage of greenery and king protea for a wild style that looks like it always belonged there.
21. Create Your Own Altar
A semi-circular altar of white delphinium, larkspur, snapdragons, and wild ferns rises like a flame of foliage. We can’t think of a more dreamy forest-inspired wedding backdrop.
22. Make a Modern Focal Point
This couple exchanged vows near a babbling brook in a moss-covered, tree-studded area. That sounds gorgeous enough, but they elevated the beauty of the area with an asymmetrical floral structure of greenery, white blooms, and velvety hues for their altar installation.
23. Create an Altar from Trees
Made of Aspen trees, greenery, and neutral flowers, this altar looks like it was pulled straight from the pages of a story book. A wooden platform and clear acrylic podium add to the altar without detracting from the scenery. It’s the perfect homage to the old Aspen grove it sits in.
24. Hang a Chandelier
You don’t have to be indoors for a chandelier! Suspend one from a tree for an overhead altar statement piece. The circular wrought iron chandelier in this wedding mirrors the circular set up framed by the seating and greenery below.
28. Add Olive Branches
Adorn a wooden chuppah with olive branches for an elegant and timeless look. This one blends effortlessly in with the surrounding olive trees of Montecito, California.
29. Consider Your Overall Look
When designing your ceremony setting, it's important to consider how your ceremony florals will coordinate with your bouquet—and hairpiece, if you're wearing one. Case in point: This eclectic mix of greenery and wildflowers lends this bouquet an artfully disheveled look and loads of organic texture. Replicate it in your own bouquet for some bohemian vibes.
30. Incorporate Wooden Décor
Pay tribute to the woods with some wooden décor. There are a ton of ways to tie in wooden elements—rustic farm tables, stump plate chargers, bark escort cards. But we’re really loving this open teepee made of birch. Pair it with some tasseled pillows and an ombre blanket for an indie lounge area.
31. Create a Bar of Logs
Extend the woodsy theme to a bar fashioned out of fire pits. This couple rented standing fire pits for late-night s’mores, but the cut logs to fuel the fire doubled as a bar during the day for a statement piece. Just top it with a piece of cement or plexiglass to create a tabletop.
32. Adorn a Seating Chart with Foliage
This seating chart display looks like it always belonged among the trees and leaves. Fashioned out of wire, it blends easily into the forest, as if floating. A swag of eucalyptus and blush roses ties in with the flower-sprinkled forest floor.
34. Add Modern Elements
Forest weddings often evoke rustic charm or bohemian magic but don’t be afraid to get modern with the outdoors. An acrylic escort card display does just that, as it's perched on a wooden base to tie it back in with nature. Bonus: It won’t block any forest views!
37. Bring the Outdoors In
Need proof that the outdoors can indeed be replicated inside? Simply take a look at this scene of maple branches affixed to the columns of an industrial wedding venue—in the middle of Charleston! In contrast, the lush greens are mixed with residential-style lounges of gray furniture and a modern marbled dance floor to further the indoor-outdoor theme.
39. Serve a Rustic Cake
End the night on a forest-inspired note by designing your wedding cake to look like the bark of a birch tree. Here, pine cones, twigs, sugar flowers, and a stump plate charger complete the woodsy look.
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