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.