5 Easy Ways to Personalize Any of the Outdoor Wedding Venues in Raleigh
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the Raleigh area, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a venue. Outdoor weddings offer many advantages — among them that the setting can be so beautiful you don’t have to do much decorating. But with outdoor weddings becoming more and more popular, they can also start to feel a little generic sometimes. Here are five ideas for making any of the outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh feel a bit more personal:
- Create a Literal Family Tree
There are trees at almost any outdoor wedding venue, and these make a perfect place to display a beautiful family tree including photos, bios, favorite memories or anything along those lines. This can help the guests to learn more about your respective families, and can make the ceremony feel more personal, especially if you have family members involved in the wedding party or even officiating — a full 18% of engaged couples are now asking family members or friends to get ordained in order to perform their marriage.
- Make Your Favors Functional
Instead of a box of chocolates or other standard favor, try to choose something functional for your outdoor venue and then personalize it. Monogrammed fans, parasols or handkerchiefs would be perfect for most North Carolina summer weddings.
- Turn the Aisle Into a Timeline
Make the aisle a true representation of your journey as a couple from first date to “I do,” stringing together photos or mementos on ribbon and hanging them from the innermost chairs to form the aisle. Not only will this allow you to avoid trying to make a traditional aisle runner work outside, it’ll also provide some conversation starters for the guests as they wait for the ceremony to start.
- Include Your Furry Friends
While not all outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh will allow animals on site, you certainly have a better chance of getting Fido involved at a garden wedding than you would in a church or ballroom. Pets are only included in about 8% of wedding ceremonies, so having your loyal pet or pets by your side will certainly set your wedding apart.
- Embrace the Southern Setting
About 16% of couples are now opting for destination weddings, which tend to draw inspiration from their settings, rather than a more discernible “theme.” You can apply that principle closer to home by adding some Southern charm to your Raleigh wedding. Instead of going for the kitschy rustic feel that’s being used all over the nation, find ways to authentically celebrate your Southern roots.
Do you have any specific outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh that you’d like to recommend, or any tips on how to customize an outdoor wedding? Join the discussion in the comments.