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25 Casual Wedding Ideas for Relaxed Brides

You want your wedding to be the kind of place where all of your guests can feel comfortable to come as they are. But don't be fooled into thinking a laid-back affair doesn't require any planning. Here, some of our favorite ideas for a casual wedding.

By: Kristen Klein

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  • Attire

    Attire

    "No shoes, no shirt, no service" doesn't apply here. 

  • The Bar

    The Bar

    A keg on display feels a little too "frat party" for even the most casual of weddings, but you can easily build a bar to disguise your keg.

    Photo Credit: Details of I Do

  • Reception Seating

    Reception Seating

    Keep it even more casual by foregoing the chairs and having a real picnic dinner.

    Photo Credit: We Are Scout

  • Sendoffs & Exits

    Sendoffs & Exits

    Have your guests toss paper airplanes as you make your exit.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Set the stage for your wedding band or DJ with tie dye tapestries.

  • Reception Seating

    Reception Seating

    Getting married in a park? A simple runner over a picnic table elevates it to wedding-ready.

    Photo Credit: Moonbelle Photography

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Repurpose beer bottles as a chic and simple DIY centerpiece.

  • Cocktail Hour

    Cocktail Hour

    Let your guests kick back during the cocktail hour on oversized pillows and lounge chairs.

    Photo Credit: Honeylane

  • Reception Seating

    Reception Seating

    Position your picnic tables in a curved line for a fun, whimsical vibe.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Encourage your guests to kick off their heels by providing flip flops for all.

  • The Bar

    The Bar

    A canoe filled with ice is a decorative and relaxed way to keep beer cold.

    Photo Credit: Millie Holloman

  • Ceremony Entrance

    Ceremony Entrance

    Ride into your ceremony on a pickup truck.

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Skip the cake in favor of individual brownies.

    Photo Credit: Piece of Cake

  • Attire

    Attire

    Dress up a pair of Converse sneakers with tulle laces.

    Photo Credit: Bridelle

  • Cocktail Hour

    Cocktail Hour

    Transform bales of hay into a comfortable seating option with blankets and pillows.

    Photo Credit: Kacie Lynch

  • Desserts

    Desserts

    Keep it simple with a one-tier cake.

  • Centerpieces

    Centerpieces

    Spray paint aluminum cans in various sizes and fill with simple white flowers.

    Photo Credit: Edit Design House

  • Toast

    Toast

    Skip the pricey champagne toast in favor of your favorite brew.

  • On the Menu

    On the Menu

    Having a buffet? Skip the fancy serving dishes and focus on functionality; we promise your guests won't notice.

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    These cute cutlery caddies are perfect for a picnic wedding.

    Photo Credit: Think Garnish

  • Reception Ideas

    Reception Ideas

    Provide custom coloring books for kids of all ages to enjoy.

  • The Bar

    The Bar

    A self-serve drink station with mason jar glasses works beautifully at an outdoor wedding.

    Photo Credit: Justin & Mary

  • Bonfire

    Bonfire

    The perfect end to a relaxed wedding is a backyard bonfire. Don't forget the s'mores!

  • On the Menu

    On the Menu

    Give 'em what they really want — pizza!

  • Sendoffs & Exits

    Sendoffs & Exits

    Exit your casual fête in a wheelbarrow.

25 Casual Wedding Ideas for Relaxed Brides

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