- choose an outdoor venue, preferably one in a public park or venue as well as family/friend properties. Locations included the Arboretum in Madison, Wisconsin, where a May wedding was conducted among the blooming lilac trees. Another was conducted on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin. And a third was on a lake pier where the couple had vacation property. The cost was minimal to none, the scenery amazing, and the setting intimate. You run the risk of mother nature throwing you a curve ball, but small tents are inexpensive. Nature centers, public gardens, and family homes abound....consider your options.
- bring the outdoors in. When looking for decorations look no farther than the local park or field. I've seen amazing things done with twigs and a single bud as well as decorating with flowering vegetable plants. You can even place a single potted flower on the table as decoration, and it can double as a wedding favor for those green thumbs on your guest list.
How about others -- any suggestions on how to incorporate the natural world in a wedding? Honoring nature and keeping the costs down, a great way to view a wedding.