Outdoor weddings are a great way to celebrate – fresh air, sunshine and stunning scenery. Holding an outdoor wedding though does require some planning (and a touch of creativity!).
Here are our top tips for planning an outdoor wedding.
- Choose a Theme
The theme is one of the most important components of a wedding and will affect all aesthetic decisions. Choosing a theme can be as simple as drawing inspiration from your favorite colours or flowers. Consider picking a theme that represents your personality as a couple to give your wedding some edge. Your hobbies, occupations and personal interests can be a source of inspiration when doing this. Romantic, rustic, vintage and modern wedding themes are all extremely popular at the moment.
- Hire A Marquee
This is our biggest recommendation and we can’t stress it enough, rent a marquee structure! No one likes to think about inclement weather happening on their wedding day but it pays to be prepared. Not only will a marquee structure protect you from the rain but it will also provide shelter from things like the sun and wind. Guests will become extremely uncomfortable sitting in direct sunlight on a hot day and you don’t want strong winds tipping, breaking or blowing your beautifully themed decorations away! Furthermore, marquee structures have their own decorative advantages with the ability to incorporate silk lining, glass walls, chandeliers and decorative lighting.
- Add a Dance Floor
Be kind to your guests in high heels and rent a dance floor! There is nothing more frustrating then sinking into grass every time you take a step. Renting a dance floor will avoid a lot of complaints and ensure all your guests are up and dancing by the end of the night. For ultimate comfort opt for flooring which is flat and smooth.
- Explore Event Hire
Rent your tables, chairs, cutlery, linens and crockery from an event hire company to ensure everything is of the highest quality, looks the same and can be taken away for cleaning. When you use a hire company you don’t have to worry about setting up or packing away – when your wedding day rolls around you will be extremely thankful for the help!
- Add Some Sparkle
Use fairy or festoon lighting to generate an amazing ambience. String lights through the ceiling of the tent or marquee and wrap them around trees to create a space that reflects the magic of your night. You might also consider including silk lining and chandeliers when hiring your marquee to add a touch of glamour to your reception.
- Plan for Comfort
If you want your guests to enjoy themselves then comfort is key. You should consider the uncomfortable and unique challenges associated with outdoor weddings such as temperature, bugs and mosquitoes. Making your program into a fan for guests will help to keep them cool during the ceremony. A marquee will help to keep the sun’s rays out of your reception but if you are holding an outdoor wedding in winter you should consider heating solutions such as gas heaters.
To combat bug infestation think about having your venue sprayed for bugs a week or two before the event. You may want to purchase individually wrapped mosquito wipes or citronella armbands and place them on each table if mosquitoes are a concern. Finally, consider having a break out room with some ottoman seating for when elderly guests or guests with young children need to rest.
We hope you have found these outdoor wedding tips useful. Planning an outdoor wedding can be a long process but the end result will be well worth it. Remember that engaging the help of professionals will reduce the stress associated with planning a wedding and allow you to get on with the fun stuff!