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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S D Celebrations, Wedding planner & celebrant
4. Get to know your venue inside out (and tell your guests too)
Whenever you visit a venue, you’re going to have a long list of things you want to check. When you visit a venue about an outdoor ceremony you’re going to have an even bigger list!
Have they held outside services before? Outdoor weddings can be tricky and may need to make quick decisions and changes in the lead up to the day, their expertise will be vital.
Have they got a backup location in case of weather? We are in Britain after all!
What will the flowers etc look like at the time of your wedding? You may fall in love with the venue’s flowers after seeing them in spring but if you’re wedding is in September it will look totally different.
Once you’ve got a good idea of your venue and how you are going to use it, don’t forget to tell your guests about it too!
Whilst you’ll be prepared for embracing the outdoors, your guests may not be. So keep them informed. This is massively important. Having an outdoor wedding can make things tricky for guests, but only if they’re not prepared. So let’s make sure they are! If you’re planning on having a service or reception on soft grass, make sure your guests know that so they can wear appropriate clothing. From wearing high heels shoes on grass, to wearing anything smart walking through a muddy field or shivering outside on a chilly day waiting for the bride to arrive it’s best to keep guests informed to avoid all of these headaches! On the invites, it’s worth having a few tips on preparing for your wedding, whether that be suggesting bringing alternative clothing or wellies or just a little note about the weather “In case of rain…”
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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