The sun, the gentle swaying breeze, the heady scent of the floral arrangements during the day and the delicate glow of candles, lanterns and dancing under the stars at night are all great reasons for choosing an outdoor venue for your wedding ceremony and/or the reception. All the bride and groom should have to worry about on the big day is remembering their vows and planning in advance which takes care of all the “what if’s” will ensure that the day goes brilliantly, regardless of the weather or anything else which might threaten to throw a spanner in the works. To ensure that your outdoor wedding comes off as well as possible it is important to consider these three points.
1. Location, Location, Location
Finding the perfect location for an outdoor wedding depends on the size of the party, the theme of the day and of course there are a number of things which must also be considered, for example cost.
When searching for your perfect venue ensure that the area looks great, that there is adequate room for all of your guests, furniture and equipment, that the location is easy to access (an earthy ceremony in the middle of a forest sounds magical however is Great Aunt Maud has to walk three miles over uneven ground there could be some access issues) and also that you have the proper permissions to erect marques, serve alcohol and use the land you have your heart set on.
2. Weather-Proof Your Outdoor Venue
Putting together the perfect wedding is all about planning however even the most organised bride will have to admit that that the weather will do what it wants, when it wants. Rain doesn’t have to mean the end to a beautiful day, quite the opposite! By making sure that there is adequate shelter, that any power points and delicate decorations are “safe” and that umbrellas and proper flooring are available all should be fine. After all, all you need for a truly fabulous wedding is music, food, drink and of course to be surrounded by those you love.
3. DIY Decorations and Personal Touches
Whether you decide to go for an indoor wedding or an outdoor one there is a fabulous amount of scope for adding personalised table decorations, centrepieces and more which suit your individual style. Outdoor decorations however take on a whole new meaning as you may use your surroundings to enhance the look of your reception. Hanging lights from branches, using ivy from gardens as part of the table decorations and arranging local wildflowers all make for a truly unique display.
An outdoor event of any kind takes some planning and a lot of imagination however with a few extra tweaks there is no good reason an outdoor venue couldn’t be as magically as an indoor one, whatever the weather.
If you are the outdoorsy type, one who loves being out in the fresh air and someone who is rarely caught sitting still for long then we have a number of great hen weekend activities with your name on from white water rafting to our Wet and Wild package (which includes gorge walking).
If you consider yourself a true outdoorsy type have a look at our bespoke hen weekend packages where we take care of all of the organising leaving you and your hens to enjoy your action packed outdoor fun without any responsibility for arranging anything. We know how important it is for you to save your organising energy for the big day preparation.