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
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.
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.
For a fairytale dream come true, Disney offers Cinderella’s horse-drawn carriage as a grand entrance option.
Sea Plane or Helicopter
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.
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If you’re hosting a whimsical wedding, have your ushers or flower girls release balloons right before your entrance.
Horse, Camel or Elephant
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.
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.
Brides at the Powel Crosley Estate often descend this staircase (which connects to the bridal suite) to their outdoor ceremony.
Umbrellas or Parasols
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.