Grand Entrance Ideas for an Outdoor Wedding

Our state is home to many breathtaking outdoor venues, including beaches, ranches, gardens, gazebos and terraces. It’s no wonder most ceremonies take place outside in the midst of Mother Nature’s splendor.

However, a bride’s grand entrance at an outdoor wedding can be a tricky process. It might be hard for her to stay hidden from guests, and her walk to the altar can be quite a trek. Thus, brides have devised new and creative ways to keep their family and friends in suspense.

Arrive in style and make a grand entrance at your outdoor ceremony with one of these 10 ideas.


Yacht, Boat or Canoe

Photo: M&J Photography

If your wedding is on the water, consider arriving by yacht, boat or canoe. Florida venues such as Briza on the Bay are designed to accommodate such entrances.


Car or Trolley

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: car or tolley | Photo: Focused on Forever Studio

Photo: Focused on Forever Studio

Perhaps the most common way to enter a ceremony is via car or trolley. This idea works best if the ceremony site is close to the drop-off area.


Curtains

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: curtains | Photo: Braedon Photography

Photo: Braedon Photography

Romantic sheer curtains are a great way to create suspense. Additionally, a similar set of curtains can be set up as a ceremony backdrop to create symmetry.


Carriage

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: carriage

For a fairytale dream come true, Disney offers Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage as a grand entrance option.


Sea Plane or Helicopter

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: sea plane or helicopter | Photo: Joelsview Photography

Photo: Joelsview Photography

For an unforgettable entrance, have your bridal party walk down the aisle before zipping in on a sea plane or helicopter. Be sure to check your venue’s rules and regulations first.


 

Balloon Release

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: balloon release | Photo: 1. art beauty life

Photo: 1. art beauty life

If you’re hosting a whimsical wedding, have your ushers or flower girls release balloons right before your entrance.


Horse, Camel or Elephant

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: horseback | Photo: KT Merry

Photo: KT Merry

A horseback entrance can make for stunningly romantic photos, especially for ranch or barn weddings. Similarly, brides have made grand entrances atop camels and elephants.


Doors

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: doors | Photo: Dave Lapham Photography

Photo: Dave Lapham Photography

A set of swinging doors (or even a romantic floral-wrapped gate) is a great way to set the scene for your walk down the aisle.


Grand Staircase

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: descend a grand staircase

Brides at the Powel Crosley Estate often descend this staircase (which connects to the bridal suite) to their outdoor ceremony.


Umbrellas or Parasols

Grand entrance ideas for an outdoor wedding: umbrellas or parasols | Photo: Hannah Millard Photography

Photo: Hannah Millard Photography

Your bridesmaids can keep you hidden via romantic umbrellas or parasols. These heart-shaped umbrellas can be found at Unique Vintage.


 

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