If you loved going on picnics as a child, or one of your favourite things to do as a couple is drive off to the coast or walk up into the hills with a picnic basket, why not plan to have a picnic style wedding reception after your ceremony. Certain wedding venues may allow you to use or hire their grounds for your picnic wedding reception, or speak to your local council to confirm whether or not you’ll be allowed to have a wedding party picnic in the park.


Depending on the weather you’ll need to plan in advance, but below are some of our top 25 ideas when it comes to planning the perfect picnic wedding reception.

  1. Choose a location or wedding venue that has a wide open space that you can decorate beautifully for your picnic wedding celebration
  2. Display rustic signs with the words ‘Wedding picnic this way’ guiding your guests to your picnic
  3. Chalk boards with messages leading the way to your wedding picnic could also be a fun touch
  4. Browse charity shops and car boot sales to find old picnic baskets to fill or use as decorations
  5. Hire traditional picnic tables and decorate them with flowers so that your guests have somewhere to sit
  6. Tartan blankets laid out in a field with a picnic basket filled with food and champagne could look impressive when your guests arrive on the grounds
  7. Design your own personalised picnic wedding invitations and menus via the Hitched stationery section
  8. Decorate surrounding trees with pompoms, dangling hearts or lights to enhance the atmosphere
  9. Order bales of hay for guests to sit on, or to make a casual wall around your picnic area
  10. Fill picnic baskets with games for younger guests to find and play
  11. Keep a picnic basket aside and label it for cards and gifts
  12. Tiered cake stands filled with sandwiches, pork pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs could keep your guests full for hours
  13. Roll cutlery up in personalised napkins or white, vintage style doilies tied with string to create a rustic feel
  14. Get your guests involved with games on the lawn once the picnic is over
  15. Display your wedding cake and a variety of desserts on a dedicated picnic table; think sweet pies, fruit tarts and French fancies
  16. Consider doing the same for drinks; think Pimms, pink lemonade or signature picnic cocktails
  17. If you vision all of your guests sitting on the ground, consider your grandparents too. Maybe have chairs or a dedicated section for guests who won’t want to sit on the ground
  18. Have a wet-weather back up plan
  19. A craft area set up for children could be a great way to keep the little ones entertained
  20. Consider having your picnic wedding reception under a marquee with open sides
  21. Commission a wedding cake designer to create a picnic basket style wedding cake
  22. To remember loved ones, consider decorating the trees surrounding your picnic with framed pictures
  23. A rustic cheeseboard selection could be a great idea for wedding picnics taking place all afternoon
  24. Consider hiring or buying sun umbrellas to protect your guests from the sun if you’re not opting for any shade
  25. A pre-wedding picnic with your bridesmaids could be fun or why not surprise your groom with a breakfast picnic the morning of your wedding if you plan on seeing each other before the ceremony