Planning an event can be daunting, but finding the perfect venue is half the battle. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a venue that has both indoor and outdoor space, the options for design are endless. From blending light and shadow to creating unique focal points, to curating specific guest experiences, to molding the charm of nature with the venue, to placing amenities to serve your day – there are many ways to make your outdoor event space stand out. Here are 10 of the most unique outdoor event decoration ideas to get you inspired.
1. Bring Nature In
Nothing beats being one with nature. It’s known to soothe, relax, and rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. If you want to create a truly unique outdoor event space, bring nature in. Incorporate plants, flowers, and trees into your design for a beautiful and inviting space.
There are endless ways to include natural elements into your event from the tablescape design elements, to the escort card display to the dinner menu. The perfect balance of nature’s charm and your venue’s amenities gives way to a one-of-a-kind experience.
2. Remember the Theme
When it comes to event planning, the sky’s the limit when it comes to themes. No matter what you choose, make sure your indoor and outdoor event space reflects the chosen theme. This will help set the tone for the entire event and make it more memorable for your guests.
A few popular themes to consider are:
- Earthy and rustic
- Boho Chic
- Lush and Moody
- Modern Nature
It’s important to keep the theme in mind. And then you plan and choose the right decor to fit it. From the largest decorative piece to the smallest utensil, every element should be chosen with the theme, and guest experience in mind.
A viral-worthy trend that has been popping up lately is delivering customized wedding gifts to your guests. Naturally, it has to align perfectly with your theme. For example, for a Boho Chic event, you could consider sending your guests a wedding gift package containing reusable well-designed tote bags, mason jars filled with sweet treats, and a hand-lettered thank you note.
Another example would be for a Lush and Moody theme. You could consider hiring a specialty vendor that delivers potted plants as your wedding favors. These could be placed at the ceremony site and then taken home by guests as a memento of your special day, along with a personalized note expressing your gratitude.
3. Blend Light and Shadow To Create a Dramatic Effect
Adding a little dramatic effect to your outdoor event space is a great way to make it more unique and interesting. One way to do this is by playing with light and shadow. Use string lights, lanterns, and candles to create a warm and inviting ambiance. Then, use large umbrellas or tarps to create areas of shade. This will help to keep your guests comfortable and add a touch of drama to the space.
For something more eye-catching, bring out the big guns with spotlights and floodlights being placed at strategic points around the event space. This will create a truly unique and dramatic effect that your guests will love.
4. Create Eye-Catching Focal Points With Unique Features or Décor
Every outdoor event space needs a few eye-catching, photo-worthy focal points. Think – your guests enter your ceremony space, and can’t help but pull out their phones and ask their date to snap their photo. Create “installments” – experiences. These are the places that your guests’ eyes will be drawn to when they first arrive. To create unique focal points, think outside the box and get creative with your features and décor.
A few ideas to consider are:
- An outdoor fireplace (The Sixpence takes care of this one for you!)
- A statement wall
- An outdoor bar (always a ton of fun)
- A photo booth
- A live band
- A dramatic water feature
- A custom champagne wall
- A floral chandelier
This is just the tip of the iceberg of all the spectacular focal points you could include in your unique outdoor event decoration idea. The sky’s the limit, so let your imagination run wild!
5. Think Outside the Box
When it comes to event planning, it’s important to think outside the box. This is especially true when it comes to outdoor event venues. With so many unique outdoor event spaces to choose from, it’s important to find one that reflects your personality and style.
Whether you’re looking for an outdoor event space for a wedding, corporate event, or private party, there are endless possibilities. So get creative and think outside the box to find something that is truly memorable and truly yours.
6. Incorporate Water Features Into Your Design for a Truly Stunning Backdrop
Nothing makes an outdoor event space more unique than a beautiful water feature. Water features come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s sure to be one that fits your style and budget. From small fountains to large ponds, water features add a touch of luxury and drama to any event space.
Not only do water features make a space more visually appealing, but they also add a soothing element to the event. The sound of trickling water is sure to relax and calm your guests, making your event even more enjoyable.
7. Add Unique Touches To Make Your Space Stand Out
When it comes to outdoor event decoration, the little details make all the difference. This is your chance to let your personality shine through. By adding unique touches to your outdoor event space, you can make it truly one of a kind.
A few ideas to consider are:
- Personalized signage
- Fun and unique furniture
- One-of-a-kind rentals
- Engaging food and beverage setups
- Custom lighting
These are just a few of the ways you can add unique touches to your outdoor event space. Get creative and have fun with it! But if you need more helpful tips on really making a statement on your special day, here are a few tips from a professional decorator.
8. Soft & Romantic Lighting Can Do Wonders
There’s something about soft, romantic lighting that just makes an outdoor event space more magical. If you’re looking to create a truly unique and unforgettable event, then incorporating romantic lighting into your design is a must.
From string lights to lanterns to candles, there are endless ways to add romance to your outdoor event space. So get creative and see what you can come up with!
9. Never Forget The Practical Details
While it’s important to make your outdoor event space unique and visually appealing, you also need to make sure that it’s practical. This means paying attention to the details and making sure that everything is taken care of.
Some things to keep in mind are:
- Bathroom access
- Parking and transportation
- Weather conditions
- Noise levels
- Seating arrangements
- Available indoor area in the case of bad weather
By taking care of the practical details, you can ensure that your event runs smoothly and is enjoyable for everyone.
10. Pay Attention to the Details for a Flawless Finish
As with any event, paying attention to the details is key to making it a success. This is especially true for outdoor events, where there are so many variables to consider.
From the invitations to the thank you cards, every detail should be taken care of. This will give your event a polished and professional look that will impress your guests.
Bonus: Marry Indoor & Outdoor Event Space into One Unforgettable Venue
One of the best ways to make your outdoor event space truly unique is to marry it with an indoor space. This way, you can have the best of both worlds. An outdoor event space with an indoor reception area is the perfect way to create a true one-of-a-kind event by combining natural beauty with modern convenience. Not only will your guests be impressed, but you’ll have the flexibility to design a space perfect for your event.
For example, here at The SixPence, we offer stunning glass garage doors that open up our indoor reception area to gorgeous outdoor covered patio space. This allows a heavenly connection between the picturesque view of the outdoors with the convenient modern amenities of the indoors, that is AC units and private restrooms.
What could be better?
You should never shy away from the opportunity to make your event one for the books by thinking outside the box with an indoor-outdoor fluid venue!
Dream, Design and Live Your Outdoor Event Space
No matter what your budget or event size, there are many ways to make your outdoor event space truly unique. By incorporating some of these outdoor event decoration ideas, you’ll be sure to impress your guests and create a memorable event.
To create something truly magical, you need the right outdoor set. We at The Sixpence offer a beautiful outdoor event space perfect for any occasion. We would love to help you turn your vision into reality, so please contact us today to start planning your event!