Things you should consider when planning an outdoor wedding….

Recently, outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular, with a good portion of brides and grooms deciding against indoor weddings, such as in a church or a ballroom. Although the weather is likely to be your number one concern, there are a lot of other things that you need to take into account to ensure that your day goes without a hitch.

Temperature & Weather

We may as well start with the major issue here which is the weather. If you live in a place known for unpredictable weather, like the UK, then you may want to consider hosting your wedding and reception from a marquee or a gazebo. This ensures that you’re protected from rain, wind, and even the sun. It’s also easier to control the temperature of a marquee or gazebo, using heaters or fans, if it’s necessary.


There are lots of things that could require electricity during your wedding and your reception. Lights are especially important and will be required at some point in the evening even if you choose to go for a minimalist, candles and fairy lights vibe. You will also need to ensure that your bar fridge is always up and running, to keep any beverages cool. If there’s no electricity available where you are hosting your wedding, then you will need to think about renting an electric generator or two.


Ensure all of your guests are 100% aware of where your wedding is being hosted so that they can plan their footwear accordingly. If you are hiring some flooring for the do, then that’s great, but if not, they need to know, to avoid any of your guest’s stilettos getting stuck in the grass or sinking into the sand.


Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to simply pick a field or a beach and get hitched on it. You need permission from the local council. When you apply for this permission, if you are granted it, there will also likely be a list of policies regarding alcohol consumption, music, use of candles, and disposal of rubbish to go with it, so bear these in mind when you’re planning.


Although it’s your big day, you need to think about your guests too, so you need to ensure that your wedding venue can be easily accessed by any disabled or elderly guests. You also need to ensure that there are plenty of signs around pointing towards your ceremony, your reception, the bar, and the restrooms so that everyone knows where they’re going.


Restrooms is another important thing you need to think about. If you plan to have your wedding on a beach or in a park, then you need to make sure you rent some toilets for you and your guests. Just remember that these won’t be the easiest things to navigate in your expensive wedding gown.

Outdoor weddings can get pretty pricey and can be stressful to organise too, but they can also be incredibly beautiful, so ensure you weigh up all the pros and cons before making any solid plans.


Stunning wedding cakes by the Bath Cake Company

stunning wedding cake from the Bath Cake Company

Recently I spotted a semi-naked cake by Bath Cake Company flash up on my Facebook time line. I was instantly in love with it. ‘Naked’ wedding cakes have become very popular over the last couple of years, often seen at the centre of rustic and vintage style weddings. I can see why, they simple yet stunning.

I started to look at the Bath Cake Company a bit more and discovered they are an awarding winning company owned by Celia Adams. Celia set up the company in 2010 with her amazing team of creatives.

They are recommended by many wedding venues across the South West of England. Arranging an appointment with Celia and her team couldn’t be easier just ring 01225 446094 or send them an email.

Bath Cake Company wedding cakes

Your consultation

At your consultation appointment they will discuss any ideas you have, what flavours you would like and discuss how the cake will fit with your wedding style. Of course you then get to sample some cake flavours. Your consultation room will have various wedding cakes on display to help inspire you. Celia and her creative team will work closely with you to create the perfect wedding cake.

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The Cakes

All of the cakes from the Bath Cake Company are made with local ingredients using free range eggs and real butter. The bakers are more than happy to use organic products, when requested.

If you require alternative cakes, they are able to cater for gluten free, dairy free, vegan or egg free requirements. Which means your still able to have a stunning cake even if your diet is restricting. So no one has to go without a wedding cake.


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Top Flavours

Celia and her team make flavours for every taste but these are their most popular:-

  • Vanilla sponge with buttercream
  • Chocolate sponge with chocolate or vanilla butter cream
  • Lemon sponge with lemon butter cream and lemon curd
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Chocolate truffle torte with salted caramel and chocolate ganache
  • White chocolate and raspberry cake
  • Cherry Bakewell cake
  • Pistachio and coconut cake
  • Champagne infused cake
  • Rich fruit cake
  • Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting
Bath Cake CompanyCake courses

Not only does the Bath Cake Company make stunning wedding and occasion cakes, they also offer cake decorating classes in their decorating school. So if you are wanting to learn more about cupcake decorating, piping or even how to stack cakes, then Celia and her team can help. The creative team love hosting private parties for children and adults. So you could consider a weekend in Bath for your hen party and take part in some cake decorating.

Whether your planning your wedding, a hen party, a birthday party or wanting to learn about cake decorating, then the Bath Cake Company is the place to be.

Purple and butterfly themed wedding

purple and butterfly themed wedding

My purple and butterfly themed wedding

While planning your big day choosing a wedding theme is important. Along with the venue, the theme is what almost everything else will revolve around. It could be a colour scheme, fancy dress, black tie, vintage style, hollywood or anything that shows who you are and expresses your style as a couple.

For our wedding we opted for the colour purple and butterflies. Choosing a really deep purple for our September wedding fitted in perfectly with the flowers that were in season at the time.

purple and butterfly themed wedding

I love butterflies. Pretty, elegant little creatures, each one perfect in its own way. I had visions of them sat in in my bouquet, in the table decorations and in wreaths hanging in the trees.

After we had picked a colour and a theme we could start to make plans for the rest of the wedding. Arranging for invites to be made, choosing a florist and flowers, picking a bridesmaid dress, arranging for suits and all of the other little elements that combine to make your day perfect.

I loved looking through all of the amazing wedding magazines, coming up with ideas for our day. My Hubby wasn’t too worried about all of the little extras. So after we had chosen our venue and colours scheme, he was quite happy to leave the rest up to me. I was more than happy with that. He did however want to choose his own suit style (eeeeeek!) I need not have worried as he did a good job.

purple and butterfly themed wedding

I felt like the butterflies were a real focal point for our wedding. Finding some beautiful feathered butterflies on eBay, I bought around 200 of them in different shades and patterns. Knowing I wanted them within the bouquets, in the table centre pieces and sitting in wicker wreaths that were hanging in the trees. I really wanted to have that ‘confetti shot’ therefore I found some beautiful real petal confetti. There is still some on the kitchen dresser now, 6 years on.

We started our purple and butterfly theme with our invitations. I wanted it them to set the scene for the wedding. Our wedding cake was a cupcake tower, which had butterflies sat on each cake.

purple and butterfly themed wedding

Writing this down it seems like I went over board on butterflies! However they were all very subtle. All the little things bringing our wedding together from the invites, wedding flowers, bridesmaid dresses and cake. Right through to our thank you cards.

What theme did you choose for your wedding?