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self serve wine station
Photo: Megan Clouse

Self-Serve Wine Station

Picnics are all about relaxing and moving at your own pace. For a picnic wedding, this means keeping the wine free-flowing and accessible. We love how this couple stacked their favorite bottles in wooden crates and let their guests help themselves.

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retro red gingham tablecloth
Photo: Creative Jane

Retro Gingham Tablecloth

Using a traditional red and white checked tablecloth is a playful nod to the retro picnic vibe we all know and love so well. The hot sauce place cards are another fun detail; we have a feeling the food at this wedding was a definite highlight.

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Gingham Invite

What guest wouldn't be immediately excited for your wedding after receiving this fun invite in the mail? We're obviously digging the gingham theme but it's just too fun to not include wherever you can when you're planning a picnic wedding.

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Picnic Basket Food

Upscale picnic food is like a dream come true. Sandwiches and salads are two of our favorite food groups— even better if those sandwiches come wrapped in butcher paper and tied with a bow. Your guests will feel immediately at ease with individual picnic baskets and are sure to arrive to the dance floor well-fed and happy.

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Pretty Picnic Tablescape

Seating your guests at picnic tables will create an immediate sense of intimacy and celebration (two things you definitely want for a successful party). Elevate the basic table at your reception with lace overlays, gold flatware, "real" dishes, and bright flowers as shown here.

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navy bridesmaid dresses
Photo: Evan Bailey

Picnic Appropriate Bridesmaid Dresses

There's probably no one who will appreciate your picnic wedding more than your bridesmaids. Shorter, more casual dresses work best for them, for both the temperature and the vibe.

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outdoor wedding ceremony
Photo: Vicky Choy

Picnic Wedding Ceremony

There's a good chance that if you're hosting a picnic wedding, you've got a bit of green space at your disposal. Mother Nature offers a breathtaking backdrop for a ceremony, whether you add a lush altar like this couple did or keep it simple and exchange "I dos" between two trees.

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Picnic Blanket Ceremony

There's something special about collecting picnic blankets to use for your wedding ceremony; whether they're from your own family or picked up at a local secondhand store, their handmade uniqueness imbues your special day with even more love and thought. If you're picnicking in a backyard or small park and are tight on space, they can double as reception seating, too!

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Picnic Wedding Flowers

A wild arrangement of daisies and baby's breath is bright, cheerful, laid back and sweet— the only thing you need to totally set the tone for your picnic wedding, florally speaking.

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Picnic Wedding Dress

This wedding "dress" is actually a lace mini dress and tulle maxi skirt put together and topped off with a bow. It's the perfect combination for a picnic wedding; you get the special ballgown feel for the ceremony and photos but can spend the rest of the reception feeling free in a simple sheath.