Money Matters Team

Guide to Planning an Outdoor Wedding

By Money Matters Team 24/10/2019

The moment you’ve been waiting is here. The guests have arrived, vows are written and your wedding party is waiting expectantly for the most romantic outdoor wedding of the year.

Saying ‘I do’ outdoors sounds simple, right? As you prepare for your big day, it’s hard to plan for the unexpected when it comes to an elegant outdoor wedding. Whether you want a rustic feel or simple and chic, adding the great outdoors can add its complications.

From finding the venue to nailing those finishing touches, you can have the perfect wedding whatever the weather with this guide.

Location, Location, Location

Finding your dream location isn’t just about the aesthetic. You’ll need a few extras to make sure your wedding goes without a hitch, rain or shine. Be sure to ask your chosen venue about what’s included, they may offer a marquee and other outdoor essentials as part of the package.

Going the distance

Whether you’re getting married on an island off the coast, or opting for an outdoor barn wedding in the country, you’ll need to think about travel. Researching the accommodation and travel options for your guests will help ensure everyone you love can RSVP yes.

Lights, camera, wedding

Photos of your special day will last a lifetime, so you want someone who is used to taking photos in different lights and more importantly, outdoors. Have a look at their portfolio and choose someone that will work with your venue as well as your style.

In vogue

Although we all dream of bright summer sunshine, it doesn’t always shine through in the UK. The outfits and hairstyles you choose, might have to brace the elements. Using heavier fabrics for bridesmaids’ dresses and weather ready hairstyles will help keep your bridal party looking lovely all day.

Be our guest

If your guests are going to be outdoors all day, there are a few little touches to keep your family and friends in good spirits. Having blankets to hand or programmes that fold into fans will keep your guests happy no matter the weather forecast. Why not try adding water and soft drink stations at your venue, especially on warmer days. Alcohol is dehydrating and these stations will help keep your guests cool and refreshed as the day goes on.

By candlelight

Dial up the romance with lighting and your décor, for that idyllic rustic outdoor wedding feel. Add citronella candles for a cosy vibe, whilst keeping the mosquitos at bay too. Fairy lights and string lighting can be an inexpensive way to bring a warm, well-lit aesthetic to your chosen venue, with minimal set up too. Paperweights can add a unique design element to your big day but more importantly, help keep your table setting in place.

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