Hudson Valley Weddings – 7 Ways to Add More Intimacy to YOUR Outdoor Wedding

Hudson Valley Weddings – 7 Ways to Add More Intimacy to YOUR Outdoor Wedding

Outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular. It is a nice, relaxed way to get married and outdoor venues are some of the best wedding venues to get married in the Hudson Valley area. But the open spaces of outdoor weddings can easily lose some of the intimacy of indoor weddings. Luckily, there are some simple solutions to adding more warmth and intimacy to your outdoor wedding.

1. Create a Special Entrance

Even though your wedding venue is outdoors, it still doesn’t mean you can’t create an entrance. A unique entrance will add intimacy and it’ll also create a focal point that draws your guests’ attention. 

To do this, you could use relatively big tree branches that you place in a wall-like formation. Another option is to use old doors and wooden planks as walls.

2. Take Advantage of Your Surroundings

Naturally, you should also take advantage of your wedding venue. Some of the best Hudson Valley wedding venues have intimate outdoor locations for your wedding ceremony. This might be a small garden, a nearby tree line or shrubs that can add more intimacy to your venue. 
Photo by Ulysses Photography

3. Line Up Your Location
An outdoor ceremony doesn’t mean that you can’t artificially create boundaries for your location. It is a nice idea to decorate the ceremony aisle with flowers or other decorative elements.


You can also use ropes to make sure the seating stays organized. This all creates an illusion of a closed space and gives a bit more coherence and décor for your outdoor ceremony as well.

4. Hang Up Items From Trees or Poles

Although an open-sky view is a beautiful advantage that an outdoor wedding has, you can create more intimacy by hanging things from atop. This closes the space a little more and it is also a perfect way to decorate your ceremony location.


You can choose to have the ceremony under big trees, for example. Tree branches are great places for hanging little lanterns or paper flowers. If your wedding reception is outdoors, then you could also use simple wooden poles for hanging string lights over dinner tables.

5. Elevate the Wedding Altar

You can instantly add intimacy by elevating the wedding altar a little bit. This draws your guests’ attention efficiently and also makes it easier for everyone to see the ceremony.


Some of the best Hudson Valley wedding venues offer elevated altars; so always ask your wedding venue before you start crafting one. You can even rent wedding altars online!

6. Utilize Focal Points

All in all, it is a good idea to include a few simple focal points around the venue. These can help ensure people don’t wander off or feel like the space is too open. For example, you could create beautiful floral arrangements and place them around the venue. Additionally, you could use hay bales or even colored stones.

7. Add Fabrics

Soft fabrics are a great way to add warmth and intimacy to your wedding venue. Even though your wedding ceremony takes place outdoors, you can still add rugs and fabrics around the venue. Picnic rugs make a functional seating area and place for kids to hang out, for instance.

A number of the best Hudson Valley wedding venues are located outdoors and the summer season is great for having an outdoor wedding. With the above tips you can also make your wedding venue more intimate and give your wedding guests a unique experience. For more tips and tricks you should sign up to receive our FREE newsletter!
How do you plan to make YOUR outdoor wedding more intimate? Let me know – I’d love yo hear from you!! 

Happy Planning!

Laurie Kuerlemann
MC/Host/Wedding Entertainment Director
Platinum Party Events Entertainment