Inspiration and tips for a memorable wedding day

Intimate Lakeside Wedding

An intimate lakeside wedding is a wonderful theme idea for any couples wishing to exchange vows surrounded by natural scenery. With its calm mirror of a surface, a lake lined with an evergreen forest makes for a truly unique breathtaking background for a ceremony!

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of a natural landscape, keeping your decor simple is the key of achieving an enchanting balance. Your decor needs to complement your surroundings and not distract or overpower it. Think of adding pops of colors such as bright yellow, fuchsia, lavender or any other colors naturally found in nature. Draw inspiration from the colors of wild flowers that grow in random locations.

Keeping your guest list to fewer than 50 people makes for an intimate gathering perfectly suited to a lakeside wedding. Not having to spend on expensive decor and a huge guest count makes it possible to focus more on quality, such as with your food and drink options!

Scroll down to view intimate lakeside wedding ideas that are not only practical for your theme, but will also add just the right accent needed to beautify your space. For additional information on any of the items, simply click on the provided link and you’ll be directed to one of our trustworthy partners.

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Exchange vows amidst the panorama of a calm lake and its surroundings. Accentuate the decor of this precious area with this triangular copper wedding arch. To make your backdrop beautifully blend with the natural scenery, you need only adorn the arch with light florals and greenery.

Copper Wedding Arch Intimate Lakeside Ceremony Decor
CopperWeddingDecor (Etsy Store) – Copper Wedding Arch

Available individually or as a set, the design of this flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow inspires a natural and rustic charm. Each item is handmade and comes in a vast choice of colors.

Yellow Flower Girl Basket & Ring Bearer Pillow Set
ChantelleReneeBridal (Etsy Store) – Yellow Flower Girl Basket & Ring Bearer Pillow Set

A welcome sign makes for the ideal way to warmly greet your guests to your special day. After all, this is the first thing your guests see at your wedding! This lovely welcome sign is available in your choice of a heart shaped, vertical rectangular or horizontal banner. These are also available in three sizes.

Heart-shaped Intimate Lakeside Wedding Welcome Sign
WeddingByEli (Etsy Store) – Heart-shaped Wedding Welcome Sign

Easily set-up a thirst-quencher station with these custom glass drink dispensers. Use them for your guests to help themselves to chilled water, beverages and to serve a signature cocktail. This crystal clear dispenser features a silver spigot that is easy to use, and a lid to protect the beverage. Personalize it with your names and the date of your wedding (or custom saying) to create a unique addition to your lakeside wedding decor!

Custom Glass Drink Dispenser For Intimate Lakeside Wedding
CustomGoodsForYou (Etsy Store) – Custom Glass Drink Dispenser

Keep wine bottles chilled throughout the celebration with this practical and stylish drink stand and bowl. This set includes a black metal frame with extra space to store bottles and accessories as well as a metal bucket with handles.

Metal Drink Stand & Beverage Drink Bowlfor Intimate Outdoor Wedding
LieblingeundCo (Etsy Store) – Metal Drink Stand & Beverage Drink Bowl

For adorable centerpieces, these mini barrels are simply stunning! Handmade from pine, these baby barrels are available with or without a lid and can be custom engraved. Use it as a centerpiece, card box, or as a planter to accentuate your venue.

Mini Barrel Lakeside Wedding Centerpieces
BabyBarrels (Etsy Store) – Mini Barrel Centerpieces

Hand carved and painted, this adorable loon cake topper is an ideal choice for a lakeside wedding!  The loons are made from eco-friendly, sustainable pine wood. The bride wears a simple veil and flower, while the groom wears a tiny black bow tie. Even if loons don’t actually mate for life – it’s certainly a perfect choice!

Loon Wedding cake Topper
lovenesting (Etsy Store) – Loon Wedding cake Topper

Beautifully display your cake on this personalized engraved wood slice stand. It comes in several sizes and in your choice of a font for engraving your names. Use the wood slice at home as a riser to display a cherished memento of your big day!

Personalized Engraved Wood Slice Cake Stand
ResplendentAurora (Etsy Store) – Personalized Engraved Wood Slice Cake Stand

Perfectly themed for a lakeside wedding, this custom paddle guestbook alternative is a wonderful choice. Custom made to order, each paddle has a unique design and is personalized with your names and the date of your wedding. Your guests are sure to enjoy writing their best wishes and you’ll be left with a uniquely special souvenir!

Wedding Guestbook Alternative Custom Paddles
PaintedPaddlesShop (Etsy Store) – Wedding Guestbook Alternative Custom Paddles

After dark, these gorgeous white Himalayas flower string lights will add a soft and romantic glow to your venue. These lights make for beautiful decor and can be conveniently used indoors and outdoors.

Add a pop of color to your table decor with bright yellow cheesecloth table runners. Made of 100% pure cotton, these runners are hand-died with non-toxic dye, They can be used as table runners, chair sashes, be draped around poles, or hung from trees with a floral garland.

Yellow Cheesecloth Table Runner
EventHomeDecor (Etsy Store) – Yellow Cheesecloth Table Runner

An intimate lakeside wedding of 50 guests still require assigning seats to avoid confusion. These wooden place names are perfectly in sync to your theme! Each one is individually cut from from oak veneered and personalized with the names of each of your guests. They come with or without a hole so you can choose to attach dried flowers to accentuate your table decor. Let your guests bring them home as favors to thank them for attending your special day.

Wooden Name Place Cards
PerfectGiftsPPG (Etsy Store) – Wooden Name Place Cards

During the evening, treat your guests to a delectable S’more station. It’s foolproof for adding excitement to your celebration! Crafted from quality pine wood, this S’more wedding station comes with a chalkboard bottom liner for easy cleaning. The upper level is adjustable for positioning to your liking. This set comes complete with skewers and decorative rocks. All you need is a few cans of Sterno, and S’more fixing! Available in two sizes and several finish to choose from, personalize the station with your names for a party accessory you’ll want to use over and over again.

S'mores Wedding Station
LolasDesignLoft (Etsy Store) – S’mores Wedding Station

Safely keep your celebration going after the sun goes down with these flameless candles. Each electric-powered set of three candles comes with simple-to-use instructions for remote control timers with dimmer and 4 different settings. Each flickering flame looks incredibly realistic, without having to worry about real fire. 

Flameless Candles with Remote
SandstoneAndSage (Etsy Store) – Flameless Candles with Remote

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