Who knew that in 2021, we’d be talking picnics so avidly? Today, we’re giving you all the tips you need to make your picnic wedding come to life (and we’ve got plenty of inspiration!)
Picnic weddings, if you ask us, are much underrated. They can be as formal, or as casual as you like, and they’re often in line with restrictions (outdoor gatherings!) Take your inspiration from the beautiful picnic weddings we’ve featured from times gone by.
Marlena and Warwick planned a casual picnic wedding, but they made it super special. The pair married in the gardens before they celebrated over lunch (grazing boxes), beer, champagne and cake at a beautifully styled picnic reception. The guest list was small (only two guests, who doubled as witnesses attended) and exactly what the newlyweds wanted.
For Ciara & Ben, their wedding day was graced with stunning weather. Which meant their vision of a relaxed garden party picnic wedding went off without a hitch. The couple said their vows in a sweet little church (painted green) before guests headed outside for the picnic reception. Ciara and her mum made 20 metres of fabric bunting to hang from the trees, chairs and picnic rugs laid out for guests to mingle and eat. Guests dined on individual picnic box feasts and wood-fired pizza cooked on site. The finishing touch was gelato served from a gelato cart.
Sydney’s Clark Island hosted the intimate picnic wedding of Sophie and Joel. After a traditional church ceremony, the newlyweds surprised their guests with a boat trip across Sydney Harbour to the island, where a picnic celebration was set for celebration. Guests enjoying individual picnic hampers on picnic rugs as the sunset over the bridge.
Divia and Wei had been through so much (thanks to COVID) by the time they got married, that they just wanted a relaxed, easy-going day for their wedding. The pair, who had to change their wedding to a picnic in the park at the last minute, embraced the mood. Beautiful grazing boxes were a treat for guests who celebrated the happy couple as the West Australian sun set. The night ending with an impromptu first dance to an acoustic version (Schitt’s Creek cover) of Tina Turners ‘Simply The Best’.
For Lisa & Phil’s Perth picnic wedding, they chose waterside venue, ‘Riverside at Woodbridge. The lawns adorned with paper bunting and festoon lights, creating the perfect spot for both a picnic ceremony and reception. Lisa and Phil wanted a day where cheese, wine and terrines were served on shared platters. They invited their guests to pull up a rug, and then tied the knot right there and then. And continuing with the picnic vibe, the newlyweds even scored their own private picnic (along with their dog Seren) escaping away for a glass of wine by the water, to reflect on their newly married status.
Jess and Ben embraced every bit of their picnic theme. The couple sourcing vintage picnic baskets from op shops in the months leading up to the wedding that was filled with fresh and delicious produce, but also gifted as wedding favours. The baskets even had homemade tomato jam (made by the bride herself) to enjoy after the big day. After a church ceremony, the lawns of a private home were filled with colour and picnic rugs. Guests enjoying the afternoon which came complete with a lemonade stand, garden games and cupcakes.
Rachel and Jarred held their vintage-inspired picnic wedding on the beautiful grounds of Centennial Parklands. The couple had spent much of their early relationship on a limited budget, so frequently found themselves sharing picnic lunches to get to know one another. This relaxed, casual style was just what they wanted for their wedding. Cold drinks and individually packed lunch boxes handed to guests before they settled on picnic rugs for an afternoon of garden games and celebration.
Photo by Imajica Photography via Rachel and Jarred’s Sydney Picnic Wedding
Renee and Steve wanted a “Farmers Market” picnic style vibe for their Queensland wedding. They hired a country hall (which acted as an additional celebration space ). But the best part of this day? The couple married at dawn, and the picnic? Over breakfast! Guests welcomed with espresso martinis before tucking into a hearty breakfast on the country hall lawns.
Photo by Sarah Streets Studios via Renee & Steve’s Sunrise Picnic Wedding