Bride Hacks

Top 10 Wild Wedding Ideas

Looking for something a little different to the tradition elopement? You've come to the right place! Wild weddings are all about embracing nature and letting the outdoors influence your big day as much as possible. If you want a wild, rugged wedding full of natural beauty then here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Natural Wood Arch

A natural wood arch is a beautifully simple focal point for an outdoor ceremony. In some cultures the arch symbolises the home that the couple will build together and the two pieces of wood in this homemade arch also look like two hands joining in the middle. Keep it in your garden after the big day as a lasting memento.


A wild wedding isn’t complete without a good tent! Whether you choose a berber tent, tipi or put your guests up in a wedding village of bell tents make sure you string fairy lights up the beams to add a touch of rustic romance.


What could be more romantic than getting cosy by the campfire? Surround a fire pit with hay bales or benches and provide rugs to snuggle under and marshmallows to toast.

Floral Arch

A lovely way to bring the wild flowers into your ceremony is to have it under a flower arch. Ask your florist to make it look unstructured and rustic, with lots of trailing foliage.

Food and drink

A sit down three-course meal wouldn’t work well at a wild wedding! BBQ, grazing tables, hog roasts and food trucks are the way to go.

Mobile bar companies or ‘help yourself’ drinks stations are the perfect beverage solution.

Wild flowers

Bring the outdoors into your wild wedding with seasonal wildflowers – speak to your florist to find out what’s going to be in season when you get married. Or why not arrange your own bouquets like this bride did?

Natural Favours

Packets of bee-friendly seeds are a lovely wedding favour for a wild wedding. There are more ideas in this article on sustainable weddings.

Photo: Esther Wild Photography

Hit the Beach

What could be more wild than the sea? Dip your toes in the ocean and have a stroll along the beach with your beloved, or if you’re really brave why not have your ceremony by the sea?

Involve your pets

What could be more wild than an animal? Whether you want to bring your dog to your big day or your venue has llamas and alpacas, animals make a great addition to a wild wedding!

Wild Entertainment

If you want to keep your guests entertained with some wild fun, here are a couple of suggestions from our community!

Are you having a wild wedding? Let us know what you’ve got planned over on our Facebook group for brides to be who want to keep it real!

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Gaia Hudson

Written by gaia_bkir

Founder of Brides Keeping it Real and mum of two little ones, Leon & Ada. Passionate about providing a supportive online community for brides and grooms who want an achievable, uncomplicated wedding planning experience.