Outdoor weddings are our favourites to photograph. There’s something undeniably magical about saying your vows in front of the ones you love with nature as your backdrop. With the unparalleled beauty of a beach scene, a quaint woodland clearing or even wild flower meadow, it’s no surprise to us why get married outdoors it is the number one choice for many couples. They can be the most enjoyable and memorable weddings for couples and guests alike, but there is a lot of legwork which goes into them. That’s why we have put together this guide towards organising your outdoor wedding, whether it’s just for your ceremony or you are planning to spend the whole day outdoors. Featuring words of wisdom from some local, experienced and fantastic outdoor wedding suppliers we’ll take you through the important considerations you should take before deciding to have and when planning an outdoor wedding.
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5. Get creative!
If you are planning an outdoor wedding, we think that’s awesome as it gives you the opportunity to get creative, embrace your personality and fill your day with the things which you love and embody your relationship - so go to town with it! Whether that is crafting your own personalised ceremony, filling the day with the music that you bonded over, or decorating the venue according to your own taste, or to match your hobbies and interests. Forgetting the traditional ‘shoulds’ and embracing your shared passions will make your wedding an unforgettable experience for all!
When it comes to decorations, an outdoor wedding can mean you have relatively little to deal with and go with a more environmentally friendly approach, as Buffy the wedding coordinator at Arnos Vale explains:
You can also be creative with catering. It doesn’t have to be a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast if you that’s not the vibe you are going for. How about festival-style catering vans (think outdoor pizza ovens, paella feasts or a hog roast), afternoon tea, or even a picnic and ask guests to each supply a particular dish. There are lots of options!
Talking of catering, the bar can be an area to get creative. If a full on bar and bartender are out the budget – no problem! Why not create an alternative bar? Full some rustic wheel barrows, a self-serve beer barrel on a homemade wooden bar or a old bath tub filled with a selection of drinks for people to help themselves too.
What about a wedding book? Ever wonder if there’s a more interesting or exciting way to do a wedding book? A way which will allow you to display it in your home and will include your personality? We’ve seen some fantastic wedding book alternatives such as a fingerprint tree, a Polaroid guestbook – where people take a selfie, sign it and stick it in, or sign a guitar or other meaningful object in your life, a giant wooden “C” the first letter of the couples surname – which was a combination of both of their surnames or even giant Jenga where everybody signs a different block.
Outdoor weddings usually provide you with lots of space, so why not make the most of this and set up a selfie station or photo=booth. These can be really fun ways of making memories throughout your day and making sure you’ve got some fun photos of all of your guests!
A great way of ensuring that you’ll be able to search through all those many, many photos your guests take is to decide on a hashtag. It’s worth taking your time with this one. Firstly, brainstorm some ideas – be creative! Next, you’ll need to narrow it down and agree on one hashtag and then, and this is very important, make sure it’s not currently being widely used – you don’t want to mix your images in amongst another wedding or event. Finally, make sure your guests are aware of it, put it on the save-the-dates, invites and display it on signs throughout your day – especially near a photo-booth, if you have one. You can also use it to record the build-up, this is an especially good idea if you’re doing a DIY outside wedding where there will be lots to prepare in advance.
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A massive thank you to all the lovely, wedding suppliers who contributed to this blog. You can find out all about them and how to get in contact beneath.
The Outside Bride
Arnos Vale Weddings
S D Celebrations
Festoon wedding coordinator
Ruby B Ceremonies
Susan Denton Celebrant