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I told a friend a few days ago that I was photographing an outdoor wedding the following weekend. She asked “doesn’t anyone get married in churches anymore?”
I assured her yes, churches are still very popular places for weddings. But outdoor weddings are extremely popular as well. Yes, the weather in Nebraska is unpredictable. A ferocious downpour two hours before the wedding ceremony last weekend left the outdoor setting too soggy, so plans had to change. An outdoor wedding last November was so cold that guests had to wear their coats and portable heaters had to be set up. Despite weather uncertainties, an enormous number of brides in Nebraska want to get married outside.
Nebraska, with its lovely landscapes, offers numerous outdoor sites that are ideal for exchanging vows amid nature’s beauty. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a rustic lover, or simply someone seeking a unique wedding experience, Nebraska has something for everyone. Here are 10 of the most popular outdoor wedding sites in Nebraska, each showcasing the state’s natural charm and offering an idyllic backdrop for your special day.
With its stunning botanical displays, peaceful ambiance, and picturesque views, Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha is a favorite choice among couples seeking a romantic outdoor wedding. From vibrant flower gardens to elegant gazebos and quaint bridges, this oasis of nature provides an unforgettable setting for exchanging vows.
Located in the historic Arbor Lodge State Historical Park in Nebraska City, Arbor Day Farm offers a serene and rustic atmosphere for couples who appreciate the beauty of nature. Surrounded by lush trees, blooming flowers, and charming orchards, this venue is perfect for those dreaming of a whimsical outdoor wedding.
If you envision a wedding nestled in a breathtaking forest, Fontenelle Forest in Omaha is the perfect choice. With its dense trees, winding trails, and enchanting wildlife, this nature sanctuary creates an ethereal and intimate ambiance. Exchange vows in the heart of nature and capture stunning photos among the serene surroundings.
Situated in downtown Omaha, Heartland of America Park combines urban sophistication with natural beauty. Overlooking a shimmering lake and featuring picturesque fountains and lush green spaces, this park offers a versatile outdoor venue for an elegant and contemporary wedding celebration.
For couples seeking a touch of grandeur and history, Joslyn Castle provides a remarkable outdoor wedding experience. Surrounded by breathtaking gardens, intricate architecture, and a rich cultural heritage, this stately venue offers a timeless and romantic setting for your special day.
As one of the largest parks in Lincoln, Pioneer Park offers a diverse range of outdoor settings for weddings. From blooming gardens to serene ponds and charming bridges, this expansive park offers ample opportunities to create a wedding day that reflects your unique style and vision.
Nestled along the picturesque Platte River in Ashland, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park offers a charming outdoor oasis for a romantic wedding celebration. With its rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and beautiful lodges, this park is perfect for nature-loving couples seeking a serene and rustic setting.
For a truly unforgettable wedding experience, Scotts Bluff National Monument in Gering offers awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Nebraska plains. With its towering bluffs, open skies, and rich history, this iconic landmark provides an extraordinary backdrop for a wedding that epitomizes the spirit of the Great Plains.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature at Indian Cave State Park at Shubert. Tucked away along the Missouri River, this park boasts scenic trails, stunning limestone formations, and ancient Native American petroglyphs. With its natural charm and peaceful atmosphere, it is an idyllic location for an intimate outdoor wedding.
Sunken Gardens is the only garden in Nebraska listed in the National Geographic Guide to Public Gardens 300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada
Nebraska’s natural beauty serves as a magnificent canvas for an outdoor wedding, allowing couples to celebrate their love surrounded by picturesque landscapes and captivating scenery. Whether you prefer a lush garden, a historic estate, a serene forest, or panoramic views of the plains, Nebraska offers a diverse array of outdoor wedding sites that are sure to make your special day truly unforgettable. So, embrace the charm of nature and let Nebraska be the backdrop to your dream wedding.