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.
This article is pretty comprehensive, so we decided to split it into 5 different blogs, one for each step. This is step 2. If you’re inpatient (like me!) then you can sign up to be email buddies and we’ll send you the whole article. Just click here.
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2. Plan out details of the day, and budget, fully
Despite what many people first think, hosting your wedding outdoors is by no means a cheaper option or one that can be taken without a lot of planning. And that’s something many of the specialist suppliers highlighted. Often, they involve DIY venues, where you bring in different suppliers to sort out different aspects of your day – seating, flowers, decorations, food, and entertainment. So, although we haven’t put it first on this guide, the most important thing as with any wedding is deciding on your budget. Think through the smaller details before you commit to spending anything. Using a wedding planning guide can help to keep track of everything (we’ll send you one in our ‘welcome emails’ if you sign up to be our email buddies). You’ll find that taking more time to consider the details of the day at this stage, the better you can plan and the less chance there will be of an expensive surprise closer to your big day. There will be plenty of extras that you wouldn’t need to consider for an inside wedding such as external power, renting toilets and a ‘Plan B’ in case the weather gets a bit...well, British!
As Emily and Alan explained, as well as planning out your ceremony, it’s important not to forget about coordinating everything behind the scenes, You need an “understanding of suppliers’ requirements for setting up and taking down, i.e. how much time is required to set up, space they need, power, access vehicles on site, etc.”
It’s really important to consider the running of the day itself and to have someone who will ensure it goes smoothly. What happens if the water supply to the toilets is blocked or the electricity gets cut off? Do you have someone who can handle everything behind the scenes?
Ruth from Festoon explains some of the pitfalls and practical difficulties of an outdoor wedding with regards to decorations, food and more:
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, we’d love to hear from you - share your plans in the comment box below or contact us.
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. They may not be included in this step but they certainly will in one of the other’s and we thought they deserve a mention here regardless!
The Outside Bride
Arnos Vale Weddings
S D Celebrations
Festoon wedding coordinator
Ruby B Ceremonies
Susan Denton Celebrant