For some of us, there’s nothing more romantic than the great outdoors. It could be a location that we’ve often visited with loved ones over the years, somewhere with a magical view where we feel a connection to nature. It could be a forest glade, a flower filled meadow or even the powerful natural beauty of the beach. If you dream of an outdoor wedding, there are a few logistical and practical planning items that you need to cover. Think ahead, and you’ll be able to have the wedding of your dreams in the great outdoors.
Think About The Weather
Generally speaking, if you’re planning a winter wedding outdoors is a no go. You have to think about the comfort of your guests first and foremost and you don’t want inclement weather to make it a miserable experience – or to ruin your wedding dress! Spring can be possible in certain locations, but prepare for it to be a bit chilly. Small touches like providing a wicker basket filled with cosy throws can help to take the edge off, and the same applies for autumn. High summer is the best time for an outdoors wedding, but even so you will need to make a Plan B in case of unexpected rain.
Plan Your Structure
If your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony, then you need to plan in how your reception celebration will take place. Some people opt for a barn for that rustic vibe, while others opt for a marquee. If you approach a tent rental company you will also need to think about all the extras to be sourced – furniture, a bar set up, lighting, props and more. Some companies will provide this, or give you contacts for recommended suppliers. It is something to factor into cost when planning your wedding budget – you may not have thought to include the cost of hiring a generator in your initial estimate!
Consider The Food
Generally speaking, and outdoors celebration doesn’t always lend itself to a formal, three course meal. An open sided barn or marquee set up is more conducive to a boho style buffet set up, so take advantage by planning a feast with different options to delight your guests. This style of dining encourages your guests to mingle as well as generally being less costly than a formal meal – and if you’re wanting to go the DIY route when it comes to your wedding catering, it’s ideal
Your Outdoor Decor
The best outdoor wedding locations are chosen for their stunning natural beauty, so you don’t always need to go over the top with decorations. Choose things which can withstand outdoor use such as dramatic storm lanterns filled with pillar candles or beautiful natural foliage tied and arranged with ribbons. Solar powered LED fairy lights formed into a canopy or twisted through branches are low key but high impact, while an idea like white dream catchers hung from the trees can give an ethereal, dreamy feel to your beautiful outdoors location. Let your imagination guide you and you’ll be able to create a scene that your guests will never forget.