Outdoor weddings are very popular, but there are drawbacks too, so here are our tips on planning an Outdoor wedding.
The Law in England says “All the legal requirements of a ceremony must be held within a permanent, immovable structure, with a fixed roof and solid floor. This needs to be large enough to accommodate the couple, two Registrars, both witnesses and a table large enough to prepare the paperwork.” Take the time to discuss all your plans with your venue about licences and any extra costs such as chair hire, you need to know from the get-go any added cost. Consult with your photographer to improve your photos, being outside gives you plenty of natural light to work with, but you don’t want unflattering shadows and squinty eyes in your photos. Talk to your hairstylist about any weather-related concerns you may have. They will have some great tips and suggestions based on your hair type and personal preferences.
Make sure you notify your guests that the wedding will be hosted outside, if your wedding day is taking place on grass or another soft surface, it will help them to dress appropriately for the weather, location and time of year. Also, guests will be seated for a period of time during your ceremony, it’s nice to protect them from any uncomfortable outdoor elements. Consider providing parasols to keep them shaded in the sunshine, hand fans or chilled water to keep them cool in the heat, or blankets or shawls to keep warm in chilly weather. This is especially important during peak summer months. Shaded areas with a decent amount of tree cover will allow your guests to feel comfortable during the ceremony and reception, and you’ll also worry less about getting sunburned.
It’s always a good idea to have plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent on hand for your guests’ convenience but both products can get a little messy. As an option, offer your guest individual packaged sunscreen and insect repellent wipes instead of the bottled sprays or lotions. Arrange them in a nice display or have them passed around in pretty baskets for an easy grab-and-go fix.
No matter what time of year you’ll be celebrating your wedding, there’s always a chance that the great British weather may not play ball. When you’re planning an outdoor wedding, have a backup plan in place in case of rain or snow. Be sure to consider these factors and determine the best plan of action so you are a lot less stressed should the weather turn for the worst last-minute, many venues offer emergency backup options, and can be fully ready to accommodate sudden changes in weather. It’s down to the discretion of the registrar marrying you on the day as to whether the temperature is suitable for you to go ahead with your outdoor wedding ceremony. If the temperature is not deemed warm enough then you may need to forego your original plan and bring everyone inside. However, if you’re prepared, rainy weather can make for a special photo, brainstorm a few rainy portrait ideas for after the ceremony, just in case.
If you are still set on having an outdoor wedding, why not opt for our beautiful bandstand in the orchard, with its gorgeous views over the extensive gardens and tranquil lake.
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