We love picnics here at hitched - we've already suggested this theme as a bridal shower idea, and now we want to help you plan a whole wedding around the theme of picnics.
The summer wedding months need to be embraced, especially if you are hosting at an outdoor wedding venue.
This theme is cute, friendly and easy to put together so here’s our top ideas on how to incorporate picnics into your wedding.
Get The Look
We have the best wedding accessories and star buys that will help you to create the best picnic wedding your guests have ever seen.
Every picnic needs picnic blankets, and they are a great way to seat your guests with less hassle. Have the venue set out these gorgeous personalised family blankets. You can get your chosen table names embroidered on the corner of the blanket so that everyone knows where they will be sitting. The blankets come in different colours too so you can pick one that matches your colour scheme and make a table plan with small swatches of each blanket.
Grass Table Runner
If you decide that blankets and floor seats are not for you, get some vintage wooden benches and use these outdoor-themed grass table runners. They are soft and really fit the theme of a picnic wedding. You could even have one just for your top-bench to make it a little different.
Having a set menu or coursed-meal can be difficult for a picnic wedding, so embrace the theme and have a luxury hamper for each group to enjoy. This gorgeous hamper has an array of sweet treats that your guests will love digging into. Beforehand, invest in savoury hampers with lots of breads, cheeses and spreads. If you are looking to save money planning your wedding, why not buy wicker baskets yourself and create your own hampers with whatever food you and your partner want to serve.
This little rattan basket is the perfect sized hamper to carry condiments and cutlery. Get some vintage maison jars and fill them with ketchup, mustard and vinegar, and tie the cutlery with brown string to create a rustic wedding look at your picnic.
For The Kids
Keeping children entertained at weddings can always be tricky, but this colour in picnic blanket could be the solution to all of your wedding worries. Assign a table (or two – depending on how many little ones you’ve invited) and they can colour in the blanket to keep them occupied.
Soft Play Picnic
As an extra incentive for your mini-guests, why not use this soft picnic set for them to play with and entertain themselves. The design is super cute, fits in with the theme and the children will love using it whilst eating from their mini-hampers.
Instead of the venue staff bringing wine and champagne around on trays like other weddings, have them use these glamorous gold sequin wicker baskets to serve extra drinks from. They are chic and stylish and if you line the inside with plastic sheets, you could turn them into ice buckets for cold beverages.
Hand Stamped Cutlery
Add to your outdoorsy style and embrace these wooden, hand stamped cutlery sets. They have cute, colourful wording printed on them and are totally practical. They will tie in so well with the rest of your theme and are the perfect eating accessory for any posh picnic.
King and Queen Plates
As everybody knows, the newlywed couple are the most important guests at the wedding, so why not make it official with these funky ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ plates from Peas in a pod? The pie and cake phrases are totally picnic-worthy and they look super pretty too. Eating off these at your wedding will have you feeling like true bride and groom royalty.
Stylish Milk Bottles
Drink your chosen wedding cocktails in serious style with these patterned milk bottles. The funky and vibrant colours are perfect for summer weddings and will look great in your photos. Alternatively you could use them as a cute décor piece and fill them with coloured sand or tasty treats to please the eye.
Picnic Shot Table
Get the party started at your wedding with this mini picnic table shot holder. This is perfect for the theme and will have all of your guests up and dancing in no time. To make this fun for everyone, have mock-shots filled with tasty juice mixtures for the children and non-drinking adults.
Fancy Food Flags
To make sure everyone knows what they’re eating, make sure these food flags are on your wedding shopping list. You can use them to label sandwiches and snacks and they look super pretty.
These floral jugs are the perfect thing for the venue staff to serve pimms and other tasty wedding cocktails in to your guests. They are beautifully decorated and will brighten up the décor at any summer wedding.
White Chocolate Strawberries
These white chocolate covered strawberries are the ideal edible wedding favour for a picnic wedding and they look amazing too. The cute paper basket and bedding they are served in is totally fitting to the theme. We can only imagine how amazing they taste too…
Fingerprint Tree Guest Book
Keeping with the country garden wedding theme, we definitely recommend this fingerprint tree guest book. It is an unusual guest book idea which embraces your picnic style wedding and your guests will love wishing you well in your new married life in this unique way.
Rose Gold Copper Mugs
Here at hitched we are huge fans of rose gold wedding ideas and these copper mugs are beyond perfect for a picnic wedding. Copper is known for keeping drinks at cool temperatures which is ideal for weddings that are outdoors during the warmer months of the year. As well as the technical reasons, they look rustic and gorgeous, and can easily fit into plenty of different colour schemes.
Push-Up Ice Creams
For the dessert course, instead of serving the sweet treats on plates, give each of your guests one of these funky push-up ice creams which come in a variety of different flavours that will not disappoint any of your hungry friends.
These adorable paper tubs are great for couples who are having food stalls. Guests can top up their tubs with delicious snacks and if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not hire a popcorn machine with some unique flavours to fill the tubs with.
Relaxed couples who really want a chilled out wedding breakfast can give each table a steel barbeque bucket like this one, so they can cook their own food. Provide some mini wicker baskets with plenty of seasoning options and have a grill themed picnic at your wedding.
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Steal Their Style
This stunning styled shoot is serious picnic wedding goals. This couple have chosen a more grand table decor style and cute plastic wine glasses to toast to their marriage.
Image Credit: Kat Forsyth
One thing picnic weddings definitely need is a serious amount of outdoor wedding games to keep everyone entertained in the summer evening.