Micro Wedding Inspiration: Theme Ideas for Small, Outdoor Summer Receptions

Micro wedding themes for a small outdoor celebrations

Micro weddings are quite the trend these days, along with intimate receptions in private outdoor venues. And it works like a charm! In fact, having a small post-wedding gathering for beloved family and dear friends could be just the kind of meaningful celebration that every couple wants. Plus with summer coming up, al fresco dining is perfect!

So whether your reception will be hosted at home or in a private outdoor location, use the small size to best advantage. Select an appealing theme that suits the season and the open location, then style your tablescapes and decor around it. And we have just the inspiration for you, with 6 themes from our own Bellenza styled sets!

6 Creative Themes for Small Outdoor Wedding Receptions

Micro can be magic if you style it right! Take some tablescaping ideas and decorating tips from these sets—ranging from elegant to casual, exotic to country.

Rustic French country wedding theme for a micro gathering

1 – Rustic French Country Theme – This choice is lovely for an intimate gathering, as you can plan it as a French wine and cheese party with 5 guests max seated together. Table linens with burlap and French country patterns, baguette place cards holder, grapevine wreath chargers, lavender arrangements, and mini bottles of wine for each guest. Oui! (See the full post here.)

2 – Casual Western Theme – While originally styled for a birthday party (see the full post here), this would be such fun  for a small outdoor summer reception. You can really play up the Western theme with checkered tablecloths, bandana-wrapped bundles of treats for each guest, and even cowboy boot centerpieces you can DIY!

Havana Nights wedding reception for a small party

3 – Sultry Havana Nights Theme – For something different, why not a stylish Havana-inspired setting (see the full post here)? This would be perfect for a palm-lined terrace opening out to a garden. Then bring in touches of retro Cuba, like cigar box centerpieces, fedoras and straw hats, and of course a menu of Cuban appetizers and cocktails!

Upscale luau for a micro wedding reception

4 – Upscale Luau Theme – Another dream destination-inspired choice—a balmy beach setting for an exotic luau reception (see the full post here). A color palette of cool neutrals sets off natural decor touches like shells, raffia pom poms, and a show-stopping centerpiece of actual coconuts, tropical leaves and flowers!

Small Jamaican outdoor wedding in backyard

5 – Sunny Jamaican Theme – For another take on exotic, how about a theme bursting with the colors and sun-kissed energy of Jamaica (see the full post here)? Our style inspiration was the island’s fresh tropical fruits—from a palette of orange, lemon yellow, and lime green; platters of fruit slices and bunches; and yet another over-the-top DIY coconut tree centerpiece!

Small beach micro wedding

6 – Stylish Sand and Surf Theme – Serene and sophisticated, this Santa Barbara-inspired setting (see the full post here) features stylish beach references. Note the runner of sand-colored fabric, bromeliads in cube vases, seashell card holders, and silk favor pouches in the colors of the sea.

So, whatever mood or style you’re looking for, your small, outdoor wedding reception has a whole range of theme choices to make magic happen, even on a micro scale!

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