10 Casual Wedding Ideas for a Laid-Back Affair

10 Casual Wedding Ideas for a Laid-Back Affair


A memorable big day, super-stunning wedding decor, and a festive reception don’t have to come with all of the formality of a traditional black-tie wedding. A casual celebration can still boast all the fun and beautiful details of a formal affair, but without any of the stuffiness. Instead, casual weddings put the emphasis on fun and allow for couples to express their laid-back style. Consider yourself an easygoing bride-to-be? Try these casual wedding ideas on for size.

From relaxed ceremony setups to family-style receptions, these more informal wedding ideas truly embrace a comfortable aesthetic, resulting in the ultimate relaxed wedding. Need some tasty ideas for casual wedding food? Opt for a menu that offers comfort food options. As for a low-key setting, make it a family affair by arranging a simple backyard wedding. And keep guests comfortable at a wedding reception with cozy seating that’ll make them feel right at home. But most important, the point of nonformal nuptials is to ensure that you and your partner can host a bash that’s true to you.

See 10 casual wedding ideas below that’ll guarantee an effortless, carefree celebration.

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Host Your Ceremony Outdoors

While an intimate courtyard ceremony allows both you and guests to feel more relaxed, there are many ways to incorporate elegance and sophistication into your service. “A floral arch and string lights are the perfect touch for an outdoor ceremony,” says Anna Griffith, senior event sales manager at Cannon Green. Lucite ceremony chairs add a modern touch to this classic setup.

Photo by Larissa Cleveland Photography

Select Playful Signage

  1. “Signage is a great way to communicate details and add some fun flair to your day,” says Sarah Drake, co-owner of Cole Drake Events. Add an element of sophistication by incorporating aspects of calligraphy throughout your different signs. (This will make for a stunning addition to your final photos and overall design.)