There are outdoor weddings and there are weddings out in nature. What’s the difference? Well, an outdoor wedding could simply be in a backyard or a park. While those types of venues are really nice, it is not the same as being out in nature.
A wedding that happens in the great outdoors is one in which you have a view of the mountains, are surrounded by forest, or have some other wild landscape play a prominent role in the ceremony.
Having a wedding out in a natural setting has a lot of benefits besides the views. If nature is important to you, or you simply want a wedding to remember, then think about heading off the beaten path and find a spot in your favorite will setting for your wedding ceremony.
In this article, I will go over several of the benefits to having a wedding outdoors and in the wild.
1 – Nature calms a stressful situation
It’s no secret that weddings are stressful affairs. In fact, some couples don’t survive the ordeal of planning a wedding and end up breaking up before the big day.
When the day comes, some people are able to remain calm as the planning is all done and it is time to enjoy the day itself. Yet, others are not able to destress from the planning and worrying. Which is why a wedding in a natural setting is ideal.
When you are out in the wild on an ordinary day, the sounds of the leaves in the breeze, the running of the water in a creek and the fresh air all help to calm the mind and stress quickly melts away.
Imagine the same scene but on the biggest day of your life. The results are the same, but you have more of a need for the soothing elements that only the woods or mountains can bring you.
Weddings can be fun, but they can also be draining so choosing to be out in nature can be rejuvenating. All the elements in nature are going to help keep you grounded and more in the moment to be able to relax enough to actually enjoy the day.
2 – The views are amazing
Many wedding venues may be in a nice setting, but usually when you are inside you are disconnected from any of the beauty of the surroundings. When you plan a natural wedding, the decoration is already sorted out. At a lake, in the woods or by the mountains the scenery is something that can’t easily be beaten.
Even if you decide to have an indoor wedding you should make sure to have one that is immersed in the right setting. For instance, the Best Wedding Venue in Utah is a glass structure that features 360° views of the surrounded mountains. Yet, you are protected from any bad weather by still being inside. It’s the best of both worlds.
There are not many things that can upstage nature so you have the ideal location for incredible photos for your wedding album. Then add the wedding dress against a backdrop of stunning scenery and it’s a match made in heaven.
In just about any area of the country you can find some stunning landscapes that make an ideal backdrop to your wedding ceremony. The California coast is an obvious choice as is the pacific Northwest. And the PNW also has some of the most pristine old growth forests in the US which make a spectacular setting. The Rocky Mountains, the Appalachians and the Green Mountains of Vermont are all incredible at any time of the year.
There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to finding the ideal setting for your wedding ceremony.
3 – Nature encourages closeness
People that love to hike, hunt or explore usually describe feeling a bond with nature. There is something about being immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of the wild that just feels right. When you share this with somebody you love, then it encourages a bond between you and your partner as well.
Now, imagine a small wedding with your loved ones and sharing that bond all together. Some people feel it in a place of worship, but others feel it more intensely in a natural setting that rivals many of the great cathedrals of the world.
A wedding is a symbol of creating a symbiotic relationship with another person. It is a bond between two people who decide to share their life together. When the bond includes nature, it becomes a theme that will be interwoven throughout your life as a couple.
Many people that appreciate nature and have a love of the outdoors are keen to include nature as part of their covenant to further cement their ongoing love of what the natural world has to offer.
4 – It heightens the senses
Imagine when you’ve been out in a wild area. You hear the sounds and can focus on them without distractions. You can smell the flowers and the grass as the wind carries the scents to you. And the colors seem to pop and are more vibrant than you can imagine.
It’s an assault on your senses even on an ordinary day. Now, try to imagine those same scenes but when your emotions are already running high.
Your wedding day already is a day filled with raw emotions. You are flooded with vivid memories of when you were a child and are happily creating new memories to take with you through the rest of your life. When you are in this state of mind, the sights, sounds and scents are all heightened even further. These elements take on much more authority and add a rich texture to your senses that will make it a day that is even more memorable in a sensual way.
Hosting a wedding ceremony in the wilds of nature does have a set of challenges that you don’t encounter simply by hosting a wedding in an outdoor venue. But, for many these challenges are made worth it when you have a one of a kind wedding that nobody will soon forget.