bride and groom by the lake side
Photo: Trung Nguyen

Planning a low-key wedding can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! If you're dreaming of a romantic and intimate ceremony outdoors, consider a lakeside location. The natural beauty of a lake will provide a stunning backdrop for your special day, and there are endless possibilities for creating a DIY and chic setting that reflects your unique style, all of this while saving your budget.

In this blog post, we'll take a look at five DIY outdoor wedding ideas that are perfect for a lakeside celebration. From rustic and natural to elegant and glamorous, there's something for everyone. So grab a glass of bubbly, get your maid of honor, and get ready to be inspired!

diy ideas and decorations for lakeside wedding ceremony

5 Creative And Chic Ideas for Your Lakeside Wedding

  • Idea #1: Floating Floral Arrangements 

Bring Romance to the Waters Imagine walking down the aisle with the gentle ripples of the lake reflecting the golden hues of the setting sun. Enhance the natural beauty of your lakeside venue by incorporating floating floral arrangements. Create elegant bouquets of flowers or greenery and place them in transparent containers, allowing them to float effortlessly on the water. 

Consider adding candles or fairy lights (only if it is allowed by the venue rentee) for a touch of romance during an evening ceremony. This simple yet enchanting addition will not only enhance the visual appeal of your wedding but also provide a dreamlike ambiance. Plus it looks stunning in wedding photos!

  • Ideas #2: Lakeside Picnic Reception

Replace traditional seating with comfortable blankets or picnic tables adorned with vibrant, mismatched linens. Opt for a mix of casual and gourmet finger foods that your guests can enjoy while taking in the breathtaking views. 

To add a touch of elegance, incorporate vintage dinnerware, charming picnic baskets, and personalized wooden signs. This laid-back reception style will not only create a warm and inviting ambiance but also allow your guests to feel a bit more relaxed in a casual and enjoyable setting.

  • Idea #3: Lounge Areas along the Lake

Create intimate and inviting spaces for your guests to relax and enjoy the breathtaking views by setting up lakeside lounge areas. Add some boho curtains to separate individual areas and arrange seatings such as bohemian-style floor cushions, rustic wooden benches, or vintage armchairs. Throw in some soft blankets and pillows in your wedding colors to add a touch of comfort. 

bride and groom by the lake side
Photo: Caio Mantovani

  • Idea #4: Canoe Bar and Refreshment Station

Add a touch of whimsy and practicality to your lakeside celebration by transforming a canoe into a chic refreshment station. Fill the canoe with ice to create a floating bar stocked with an assortment of beverages, catering to the preferences of your guests. Customize the canoe to match your wedding theme, whether it's a rustic setting with burlap and wildflowers or a more modern aesthetic with sleek signage. 

  • Idea #5: Lantern-lit Pathways

As the sun sets and the stars emerge, illuminate your lakeside wedding celebration with lantern-lit pathways. Again, it is best to check out the venue rules, before adding this touch to your wedding theme. If it is fine by the rentee, hang delicate lanterns or string lights along walkways and paths, creating a magical and romantic ambiance. 

Consider using small lanterns with candles or fairy lights to add a warm glow to the surroundings. This creative lighting idea not only enhances the safety of your outdoor venue but also adds a touch of whimsy, making your outdoor wedding a truly ethereal experience.

pale blue color palette for lakeside wedding


Getting married by a serene lake is a dream for many couples. The tranquil waters, lush greenery, and fresh air create a naturally romantic setting for your special day. By incorporating these 5 simple ideas, you can create a lakeside wedding that is beautiful, memorable, and affordable. Let the serenity of the water and the fresh air set the stage for a celebration that reflects your unique love story.

Lots of love,