Outdoor wedding tips
With summer fast approaching, our minds are drifting to beautiful outdoor weddings. There’s something about the warm weather that makes us want to be outside – our wedding day included. Whether it’s a beachside wedding, the grounds of a manor house, or your own back garden, an outdoor wedding requires a lot of different considerations than an indoor affair. We’ve put together our top tips for planning your outdoor wedding, to help you on your way.
The easiest way to give your outdoor wedding some cover is a tent or gazebo. Easy enough to pitch, you can put one of these up no matter where your outdoor wedding is located, and they’re available in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colours to match your weddings scheme. Some venues will offer an outdoor gazebo as part of their packages, but you can easily rent one too. You can upscale them as much as you want – adding floors and wall panels for a more luxe feel, or keeping with the natural ground for a rustic wedding theme.
An outdoor wedding has the benefit of beautiful scenery, but you’ll still need to add some décor as you would an indoor wedding. Think about your tables and chairs, and if they’ll withstand the outdoors, and don’t be afraid to bring the indoors outside, with comfy chairs, cushions and lounge furniture. You can update your tent with draped fabric, floral decorations and fairy lights to achieve a cozy look outside.
Yes, the sun will naturally light your wedding during the day, but what about when the evening comes around? A little outdoor lighting will ensure your guests aren’t stumbling around in the dark. Think paper lanterns, fairy lights, or candles in jam jars. If you’re going for electrical lighting, make sure you have an electrician take a look at your space for you – they’ll be able to let you know if you need to rent generators to handle your lights.
An outdoor wedding lends itself to creativity with food. Think about what you’d usually eat outdoors – BBQ style food, or maybe an English picnic style spread. Another idea for outdoor weddings is lots of different food trucks and stalls, to give your wedding a festival style theme. And remember – if the weather is hot, have lots of cool and refreshing drinks to hand for your guests!
Speaking of your guests, you’ll want to make sure they are comfortable during your wedding. AS well as having cool drinks on offer, why not hire fans for hot weather, or heaters and blankets for when the sun goes down. Sunscreen is a must too – and is a great idea for a wedding favor if the temperature is sizzling. You might also want to consider clip mikes for the ceremony – so all your guests aren’t straining to hear over the outside background noise. Don’t forget about bug repellant too- you don’t want to be swatting off mosquitos in your wedding dress!
The great British summer is notorious for being unpredictable. Which means while the forecast might say blue skies and sunshine, there might still be a chance of rain. You’ll need to make sure you have a backup plan if the weather turns, such as an alternative indoor space, or choosing a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor areas.
Are you thinking of having a summer wedding? Head to our Forums to ask other brides for tips and advice!