30 Fun Ideas for a Poolside Wedding
Getting married in the summer, or in a particularly warm location? Or are you craving gorgeous photographs and a scenic place to wed? Satisfy your needs by tying the knot somewhere poolside. Crisp, clean agua makes a beautiful portrait backdrop, and the relaxing sounds of rippling water guarantee a peaceful cocktail hour. Plus, if the weather allows and you're celebrating all weekend, your guests will be thrilled to jump into a pool before or after the big day.
Plenty of real weddings have capitalized on pools for their ceremony or reception. Tap into their creative genius to throw a waterside bash of your own! From first dances to dinner to lounging around, pools can elevate any aspect of your wedding. Click through for some of our favorite ideas, and prepare to be wowed by the fun, pretty, and one-of-a-kind inspiration. Now, let's dive in!
Take a Spin
This gorgeous first dance was made entierly picturesque thanks to a stunning pool backdrop and the glowing sunset.
Go For a Day-After Swim
The weather was on the bride and groom's side during their late-October wedding. To close out the celebration weekend, they invited their guests to take a dip in the venue's pool.
Offer a Walkway
Pools are pretty but can pose a challenge, as they separate the two sides of your venue space. Eradicate the problem by choosing something with a walkway (making sure, of course, that it's wide enough for no falls!).
Hire a DJ
Get the music bumping with a waterfront DJ. Pool float not necessary, but definitely recommended.
Sip From Sassy Straws
These diver straws were a fun addition to refreshing, poolside drinks.
Show Your Letters
Go All In
Forget poolside and dive straight in (sans-water). This quirky ceremony took place inside of an emptied structure.
Do Something Daring
This brave bride risked it all for the perfect photo, standing on the edge of an infinity pool overlooking mountains. Utilize water's reflective properties for similarly-stunning images.
String Lights Above
This wedding's gorgeous lighting twinkled beautifully above its reception pool.
Walk on Water
Decorate With Beach Balls
Clear beach balls, all in different sizes, floated in this pool at Casa Verona in Palm Springs.
Let Guests Float
At this all-day wedding reception at the Ace Hotel, guests could lounge in the pool in one of the many fun floats and rafts.
Serve Poolside Drinks
Guests at this rehearsal dinner in France enjoyed a pastis bar, where they could try four different styles of the Provençal specialty liquor, overlooking a crystal clear pool.
Take Wedding Party Portraits
What better backdrop for your bridal party portraits than a picturesque pool, like this one at Locusts on Hudson.
Have a Backdrop for Your Vows
Say "I Do"—for Infinity
Not only are infinity pools beautiful (especially when situated before an ocean), but their name is so fitting for a wedding. This couple exchanged vows under an arch of driftwood and dendrobium orchids, built just feet from the water—both an infinity pool and the ocean behind it.
Guests at this wedding had a choice of many activities at the Maldivian hotel, Maalifushi by Como, including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, game fishing, and sailing. But many of the guests chose to just hang out by the gorgeous pool that was just as blue as the turquoise ocean.
Fill It With Balloons
Host a Late-Night Pool Party
After the DJ went home for the night, the party kept going with many of the guests even jumping into the pool at Villa La Banane, fully clothed. "It was raucous," the bride of the late-night pool party.
Pose for Photos
Groomsmen posed for portraits together in front of this pretty pool at Casa China Blanca.
Hire Synchronized Swimmers
At the end of this reception in Palm Springs, synchronized swimmers performed a routine to Donna Summers's "Let's Dance."
Heat Things Up
Pools aren't just for warm-weather celebrations! Even in the winter, a steaming pool makes for an ethereal and romantic addition to wedding portraits.
Festoon the Pool With Flowers
Or Let It Stand Out All By Itself
Eat Dinner Poolside
Guests at this wedding sat at a table right next to Casa Verona's pool. The seating included a mix of thrift-store finds and rented vintage chairs that had been spray-painted in the day's color scheme. Blankets were also tossed across the backs of each chair to keep guests warm after sunset.
Give Guests a Good View
Let It Sink In
This couple's venue, Haciena San Antonio el Puente, houses seven gardens and one gorgeous pool, where the couple stopped for their first photos as husband and wife.
Relax and Mingle by the Pool
Pitch a (Poolside) Tent
Guests at this wedding in the Maldives enjoyed dinner in a clear-topped tent sitting right in between the pool and the ocean.