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The Great Outdoors: Planning Your Outdoor Summer Wedding

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Does this ring true for you and your partner? If nature, the countryside and natural landscapes are an essential part of your lives and who you are, then having your wedding and celebrations in the great outdoors may be the only way you imagine your special day.

And why not? With more and more rustic venues opening their doors for wedding parties and recent news that the Government plans a review that will make getting married in outdoor spaces more accessible, there’s every reason to order some white wellies and get planning for summer 2019.

But, as with every wedding, and particularly those to be held in the open air, there is plenty of planning to be done and being prepared (for, you know, things like the wonderful British weather!) is a must.

Here are the top five tips to help you prepare and ensure you get the most out of your outdoor summer wedding:

#1   Be prepared for any weather

You can’t control what the weather will do on your big day, but you can prepare for every eventuality; if your wedding is to be predominantly outside, then this is all the more important.

If the best case scenario arises and you find yourself getting wed on a beautiful, warm sunny day with perfect blue skies, then you are lucky, but there are still preparations to be made to ensure you and your guests are comfortable spending the day outdoors.  While sunshine is generally wonderful, don’t forget that you will also need to provide shade.  If the venue doesn’t have covered areas such as lean-tos or pergolas, consider putting up gazebos, parasols over tables or open-sided marquees so that guests can escape direct sunshine and keep cool if they need to.

Fortunately, these kinds of structures will also double up as rain cover if need be, although if rain is likely, it’s worth having marquees with sides so that the rain doesn’t get blown in.  Buying a suitable number of large umbrellas and having them to hand around the site is also a good idea.  You could even arrange them in in-theme umbrella stands and make a decorative feature of them.

Even if the day is sunny, you may find that the temperature drops once the sun’s gone down, so consider how guests might keep warm while they enjoy the evening celebrations.  Provide blankets (people who may be more inclined to sit and chat than dance the night away will be particularly grateful for these) or, if the safety regulations of your venue allow, have fire pits for people to gather around.

Finally, don’t forget the power of wind!  From ruining the bride’s hair to blowing the table decorations away, a windy day can cause havoc at an outdoor wedding, so think carefully about how sheltered your venue is and factor in windy conditions when formulating your back-up plan

#2. Communicate with your guests…

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