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What are the top 10 tips for planning an outdoor wedding in the UK?

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Weddings are back with aplomb after the COVID pandemic, with the best wedding venues booked up at peak times for some time to come. Couples whose plans had to be put on hold are now looking forward again to celebrating their marriage with family and friends.

But such demand, of course, brings with it limited availability. It won’t be a surprise, therefore, to find that your preferred date simply isn’t available at your wedding venue of choice.

That’s one of the reasons why some couples are planning an outdoor wedding. In this article, we take a look at some top tips to consider if you are one of these couples, so that your special day will be one to remember, for years to come!

Embrace informality!

One of the biggest reasons as to why people are choosing outdoor weddings is that to a certain extent, the formalities of a traditional wedding can be dispensed with. Of course, only you as a couple know whether this is something you want to do, as everyone is different and whilst the informality might be attractive to you, for others it is part and parcel of a wedding day. If you are holding your wedding outdoors, it is the perfect opportunity to embrace informality and go against ‘the norm’ – not that there is anything wrong with ‘the norm’ of course, it’s simply something different.

Consider the legalities

And whilst you might be thinking that an outdoor wedding is a bit of a free-for-all, it’s not. In England, a wedding venue has to be licensed. And OK, whilst today there’s a lot more choice than there used to be, a venue can only be licensed if it has a fixed roof. Therefore, you can hold your wedding outdoors, maybe in a grandstand or summer house, but it needs to be licensed in order for your vows to be legal. Of course, it might be that you want to hold your ceremony at a licensed wedding venue and then hold your reception somewhere completely different. It’s worth noting this, though, that not every wedding venue you see on C4’s ‘Don’t tell the bride’ will be licensed!

Inform your guests in advance!

You might think this is an obvious one, but PLEASE tell your guests that it’s an outdoor wedding, in advance. Your guests will be putting a lot of thought and effort into what they are wearing, and the fact that your wedding is outdoors will most certainly play a part in the decision about their outfit!

Don’t assume you’ll have good weather!

One thing that is for sure is that you cannot rely on the great British weather to behave itself. OK, so you’ve got the best chance of good weather if you are planning an outdoor wedding between June to August, but by no means is good weather guaranteed! It’s probably a good idea to plan for the worst – in other words, assume that it is going to throw it down with rain, and plan accordingly! Always have access to shelter, whatever that might be – you may well be needing it!

Choose experienced suppliers

It’s always a good idea to work with experienced suppliers who have worked on a previous outdoor wedding event or two. Pick their brains about what worked and what didn’t. OK, so your venue will most likely be different, but the principles are the same.

Organise site meetings

And, with this in mind, it’s definitely worth holding a couple of site meetings at your wedding venue to discuss the finer points with your contractors. After all, it’s always easier for them to visualise the task ahead and plan accordingly – this will definitely make your wedding build more efficient and effective.

Consider natural decor

One of the great things about an outdoor wedding is the flexibility it provides you as a couple, not just in the location itself, but also in regard to decor. If you are both lovers of the outdoor lifestyle, why not choose a natural theme for your decor – it might be ferns and fauna, flowers, pine cones and other plants, for instance. There’s a whole world of choice out there, and it’s certainly personal to you as a couple.

Pay particular attention to lighting

And if there’s one element that you have to 100% get right, it’s the lighting. Don’t rely on solar lighting, for instance, which can be temperamental – hire in lots of strings of festoon lighting and other similar lighting which will look fantastic when the sun goes down, and the party kicks in!

Select appropriate furniture such as wedding table and chair hire

Of course, the type of furniture you will need for an outdoor wedding is different to that for a classic, traditional wedding indoors, such as wedding chair hire and wedding table hire, as examples. easyEventhire, for instance, is able to provide you with the complete range of outdoor furniture for weddings such as hardwood seating, café tables and chairs, picnic benches and other wedding table and chair hire which is sure to look great! Outdoor wedding chair hire really has never been simpler!

Always have a plan B, C & D

And, ultimately, it’s always good to have a back-up plan. There are certain elements when holding a wedding outside that are out of your control. Don’t get disheartened – if you plan well, then it won’t be an issue. However, ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ – don’t fall into that trap!

Hopefully these top 10 tips have provided you with some food for thought when you come to plan your outdoor wedding. And they may well save you some time, money and effort. And, when the time comes, don’t hesitate to contact the team at easyEventhire – our team is on hand to provide you with a seamless hire experience from start to finish. We very much look forward to working with you soon.

Simon has a wealth of experience in the events industry having spent over 20+ years dealing with clients on major projects. With a particular interest in the sports and hospitality field, Simon is regularly asked to attend seminars, conferences, and other events to share his expertise and knowledge with others within the industry. Linkedin Profile